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In the on-going CRTC hearing regarding the buying of Astral Media by Bell, the Quebec English-Language Production Council testified that Bell must be forced to spend at least 10 per cent of independent English-language production in Quebec based on current network audiences. Read the Montreal Gazette's description of the events here.
Radio-Canada's Dimanche Magazine does a piece on Anglos that are bilingual and well-integrated into Quebec. ELAN's Executive Director Guy Rodgers was interviewed in this show that presented ELAN as an arts organization that helps shape a civil and constructive dialogue.
The idea of a vibrant bilingual and/or anglophone culture "Made au Québec" is making its way out there! Alain Dubuc argues persuasively that, beyond a diversity of cultures that all big cities have, Montreal distinguishes itself through its bilingualism. It is this bilingualism which can cause tensions - but also fuel unprecedented creativity and collaborations.
Montreal Gazette's Pat Donnelly covers Playwrights' Workshop Montreal's 50th anniversary.
Happy birthday, Playwrights' Workshop!
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In an op-ed by published by the Montreal Gazette, Rebecca Borkowsky argues that "Rebuilding harmony and improving opportunities for anglophone artists could be achieved by establishing an English-language community television channel — something like the French-language MATV (known as Vox until November 2012) that is carried by Vidéotron."
Robyn Sarah’s long poem, “My Shoes Are Killing Me”, published in The New Quarterly last spring, has been short listed for a National Magazine Award for poetry. The nomination is a timely one, as Sarah's out-of-print collection, Questions About the Stars (Brick Books, 1998), has just been reissued in a limited second printing.
The Ta Da! Festival is a lively new theatre weekend in the village of Wakefield featuring new works and established productions, held June 14-16. Ta Da! is a curated festival with a mix of touring favourites, world premières, and readings of new scripts from Outaouais writers. Fans will see exciting performances and art installations in and around the state-of-the-art Great Hall performance space at the Wakefield La Pêche Community Centre. The Centre has ample free parking, and is located just a short walk from fine the dining strip on Riverside Drive by the lovely Gatineau River.
This summer, check out the plethora of workshops, tours and conferences organized by McGill's Personal And Cultural Enrichment Program's, all related to the arts.
These include: "As Seen From the Sidewalk: The Architecture of Downtown Montreal," a fourt-part walking tour and course on the development of architecture in downtown Montreal; "Humane Exposures: A Photographer’s Workshop for Social Engagement," a workshop that will look at the intersection of personal photography art practices and social engagement; and "The Musical and Cultural Significance of The Beatles," a four-part lecture workshop series on... guess!
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As part of the rapidly approaching Festival St. Ambroise Fringe de Montréal, ELAN member MetaPhysical Theatre (a.k.a. Rosy Cheeks Co-op) will present its Honourably Mentioned Best of the Fringe production, 'Pierrot & the Moon' (2012 Toronto Fringe). Presented in a bold visual and physical theatre style that features puppetry, pantomime and commedia dell'arte, 'Pierrot & the Moon' tells the story of the clown Pierrot, newly minted for the 21st century and new to Paris.
The production opens on Saturday, June 15th at 8:15 p.m. and runs throughout the festival at Venue #9, M.A.I. (Montréal Arts Interculturels), 3680 rue Jeanne Mance.
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By Rob Lutes
During the past two years ELAN has had the opportunity to bring more arts and culture to a multitude of communities throughout Quebec. As of March 31st our ACCORD pilot project has officially ended, but Project Manager Elsa Bolam has volunteered to stay on to provide ideas, and act as a matchmaker for future projects. Thanks, Elsa!
We have had a busy few months at ELAN, completing the ACCORD project and launching Made au Québec, which continues to receive media coverage, particularly in the Francophone media. If you have not yet visited the site, I highly recommend it. There is no better place to find out who is making the news and why. We invite you all to notify us of all media coverage that you receive, or that your friends receive. Forward the links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Florence Touliatos
Low-budget filmmakers these days can afford to take risks and explore new artistic territory outside of the classical Hollywood narrative. Independent filmmakers are no longer dependent on major studios to provide them with the tools they need to produce a film as they can now interact with the global filmmaking community and acquire inexpensive, high-end digital film equipment available at the consumer level. Small production companies and filmmakers can obtain the resources they need to produce entertaining films at a fraction of the cost. The collapse in funding for the arts has prompted the community to come together and create productive collaborations.
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