April 2014 ELANews

Posted on: Tue 01 Apr, 2014

Read the April 2014 issue of ELANews here.




Simon Brault appointed Director and CEO of Canada Council

Posted on: Mon 14 Apr, 2014

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced its new Director and CEO: Simon Brault.

Brault is well-known for his work in the arts and cultural sector, where he wears a number of hats - including current Vice-Chair of the Canada Council, as well as author (of Facteur C - published in English as No Culture, No Future), Chair of Culture Montréal, and General Director and CEO of the National Theatre School. 

ELAN offers sincere congratulations to the Canada Council on its new director, and to Simon Brault on this exciting new opportunity.

Read more here.



The 2014-15 English theatre season takes shape

Posted on: Mon 07 Apr, 2014

Spring has barely started to sneak in, but Montreal's English theatre companies are already looking ahead to the fall. Last week, Centaur Theatre announced its 46th lineup of shows, which includes the celebrated Venus in Fur and two premieres of works by local playwrights (The Envelope by Vittorio Rossi and Triplex Nervosa by Marianne Ackerman).

Meanwhile, the Segal Centre has a very musical year lined up, with new productions of Belles Soeurs and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz set to hit the stage.

Read Gazette critic Pat Donnelly's articles on these theatres' announcements:

Centaur Theatre to stage Venus in Fur, Terminus in 2014-2015 season

Segal Centre launches dream season of musical theatre



Quebec musicians have much to celebrate at the Junos

Posted on: Wed 02 Apr, 2014

Several Quebec musicians struck Juno gold this past weekend. In addition to the impressive 25 nominees with hometowns in the province, the winner's list included McGill Jazz alumni Mike Rud, Mike Downes and Christine Jensen, as well as Montreal heroes Arcade Fire and the experimental group Esmerine. 

Read the CBC's story about the winners here.



Wakefield full of artistic treasures

Posted on: Fri 21 Mar, 2014

Wakefield, QC is a gem full of artistic and cultural attractions. As the Gazette reports in a recent writeup, the town has a bigger arts scene, on a per-capita basis, than New York or Paris. The Black Sheep Inn, a favourite stop for touring musicians, offers great live music year-round, and the Wakefield Arts Festival and Wakefield International Film Festival are among the town's special event attractions.

Read the full story here for more recommendations on where to stay and what to do in the Wakefield area.



Archive Montreal celebrates 15 years

Posted on: Thu 20 Mar, 2014

Montreal not-for-profit Archive Montreal keeps close track of the colourful and ephemeral material produced in the city's cultural spheres. As its manager and head of operations Louis Rastelli explains to Cult MTL, Archive Montreal is the force behind such beloved projects as Expozine, an annual zine and small press fair, and the Distroboto zine-vending machines in cafes and art spaces around Montreal.

This week, the organization is turning 15 and throwing itself a big fête at Sala Rossa, which is also a fundraiser for Distroboto to update its vending machines to accept new $1 and $2 coins. The show will feature music from Jef Barbara, Pyongyang, and Tony Ezzy. For more information, check out the Cult article or the show's Facebook event.






Vallum Award for Poetry 2014 - Calls for Submissions

Tue 15 Apr, 2014 - Calls for Submissions
Posted on: Tue 15 Apr, 2014

ANNOUNCING: The Vallum Award for Poetry 2014
1st Prize: $750, 2nd Prize: $250 + publication in Vallum
2014 Contest Judge: George Elliott Clarke
Online/Postmark contest submission DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2014

Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of Vallum: Contemporary Poetry. Get your word on!

ENTRY FEE: $25 CDN for Canadian residents, $25 USD for international entrants, and includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum. Entries accepted both by Paypal and by postal mail.

For more information please visit: www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html




Screening of "My Mother, the Nazi Midwife and Me" - Artistic Events

Start Date: Thu 15 May, 2014
End Date: Thu 15 May, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Tue 15 Apr, 2014

Gina Roitman will present her award-winning film documentary, "My Mother, the Nazi Midwife and Me" on Thursday, May 15, 2 PM.

The screening will be followed by a presentation and Q&A.

Bibliothèque publique Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library
5851 boul. Cavendish Blvd.,
Côte Saint-Luc, Québec, H4W 2X8
T: 514-485-6900




Grand Opening - Artistic Events

Start Date: Fri 02 May, 2014
End Date: Fri 02 May, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Tue 15 Apr, 2014

Stirling Arts and Liette Chamberland Photography are pleased to invite you for the celebration of their Grand Opening on Friday, May 2nd, 2014, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm (60 rue Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue). Come and meet local artists and listen to upcoming singer/pianist Sarah Rossy and her musicians from the band SHYRE. A great opportunity to discover a new venue for art lovers.




Montreal English-speaking actors' multicultural imitation extravaganza - Artistic Events

Start Date: Sat 26 Apr, 2014
End Date: Sat 26 Apr, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Tue 15 Apr, 2014

In the wake of the PQ’s defeat, and in order to add a humerous twist in celebrating Multiculturalism

The Voice Kings - Ken Fernandez & Armand Naftali Montreal-based actors/comedians are holding The Voice Kings Present: Identity Crisis - A Celebration of Poutine, Opera, & the Multicultural Mosaic. Items to be featured INCLUDE:











Heather O'Neill Launches The Girl Who Was Saturday Night - Artistic Events

Start Date: Sat 10 May, 2014
End Date: Sat 10 May, 2014

Artistic Events
Posted on: Tue 15 Apr, 2014

Saturday, May 10, doors at 7 p.m., event at 7:30 p.m.
The Rialto Hall, 5711 Avenue du Parc

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, in association with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, presents the launch of Heather O’Neill’s new book, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night! There will be a reading, followed by a Q&A and a conversation between Heather O'Neill and Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream).

Tickets are $5 and include a $5 discount on the book. Available at the store, or by phone at 514-279-2224.






ELAN is hiring a Tenth Anniversary Communications Assistant - News

Posted on: Tue 15 Apr, 2014

Job Posting: Tenth Anniversary Communications Assistant

Duration: 8 weeks 

Wage: 12.00 per hour, 35 hours per week 

Start and End Dates: May 5 to June 27, 2014 (may be flexible)

Language(s) of work: Intermediate to excellent oral and written English and basic (working knowledge of) oral and written French 

Location: Montreal, Quebec 

Eligible Candidates

This position is funded by Service Canada through Canada Summer Jobs.  To qualify, candidates must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.



ELAN is hiring a Membership Development Assistant - News

Posted on: Tue 08 Apr, 2014

ELAN is hiring a Membership Development Assistant 

Duration: 11 weeks 
Wage: 12.00 per hour, 35 hours per week 
Start and End Dates: Candidate must be available to work for 11 consecutive weeks between May 12 and August 29, 2014. 
Language(s) of work: Intermediate to excellent oral and written English and basic (working knowledge of) oral and written French 
Location: Montreal, Quebec 

Eligible Candidates

This position is funded by the Government of Canada through Young Canada Works (YCW). You are eligible if you:

  • Meet the General Student Eligibility Criteria.
  • Have a working knowledge of both English and French.
  • are willing to work in another region of Canada.
  • Priority will be given to students who must travel at least 125 km from their permanent residence to their job site.
  • Priority is also given to candidates who have not previously participated in a summer work experience program.



Director's Message - April 2014 - Director's Message

Posted on: Tue 01 Apr, 2014

ELAN's Youth, Education, Arts and Health (YEAH!) on-line resource centre launched on March 11 to a room full of partners in Montreal, and via video conference with English-speaking communities around Quebec. The YEAH! project takes ELAN into new territory where artists collaborate with educators and health professionals. See our full post on YEAH! for all the details of what YEAH! is, and how we hope it evolves.




Youth, Education, Arts and Health (YEAH!) - News

Posted on: Tue 01 Apr, 2014

As part of the YEAH! project, ELAN has built an online resource centre that helps communities employ artistic and creative techniques to address issues in health and education among youth. Users of the YEAH! site (yeahquebec.ca) can access content to address twelve key youth issues, ranging from self esteem and bullying to sexual health and safety, and can also see projects using each artistic discipline.

Click here to explore the diverse projects and artistic disciplines currently listed on the YEAH! site. If you are involved in work that links arts and health, or arts and education, please get in touch with us at admin@quebec-elan.org.




Spring Schmoozers - News

Posted on: Tue 01 Apr, 2014

Some very special Schmoozers are coming your way!

First up: ELAN and the Quebec Writers' Federation team up for a joint Schmoozer and Minute Market on Tuesday, April 22 from 6 - 8 PM at La Drinkerie (2661 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal - Metro Lionel-Groulx).  

Come on out to meet fellow artists and arts lovers in a relaxed environment, and maybe even win books, tickets, or works of art at the Minute Market. As always, it's absolutely free to attend. Click here to RSVP!