Tue 01 May, 2012 - Director's Message
Spring is the season to plant, trusting that seeds will sprout, the sun will shine, rain will fall and a harvest will follow. Artists have much in common with farmers. Both culture and agriculture are vocations essential to the well-being of civilization, both are at the mercy of outside forces that cannot be predicted or controlled, and both are too often rewarded with heart-breaking disappointment. Nonetheless we persist and plant our seeds.
One of the seeds ELAN has been planting for the past seven years is an idea - the idea that English-speaking artists are an important part of Quebec's cultural landscape...Read full...
Wed 18 Apr, 2012 - NewsRead full...
Thu 05 Apr, 2012 - News
ELAN's Schmoozers are bi-monthly get-togethers that offer a great chance to make new connections and catch up with old friends.
The environment is relaxed, and we shuffle tables every so often so you get a chance to meet everyone without the pressure of thinking up a bunch of suave conversation-starters.
Entry is free, and open to all (you don't have to be a member to attend).
We move to a new bar in a new neighbourhood each time. This month, we're at the Speakeasy (1426 Bishop, downstairs from McKibbin's).
Hope to see you there!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, 514-935-3312 or on Facebook
Sun 01 Apr, 2012 - Director's Message
March ended with several important events including student protests, an unprecedented heat wave, a federal budget, and a highly provocative report in L'Actualité entitled 'Ici, on parle English'. The important even for ELAN was a series of workshops for the ACCORD project on March 22-23. We brought together key community partners from around the province (West Quebec, Laurentians, Townships, Quebec City, Rouyn-Noranda, Gaspé, Magdalen Islands and several other regions) to talk about the many benefits of arts and culture. As well as providing entertainment, the arts play a vital role in education, youth engagement and community development, not to mention the creative economy. During the coming year, the ACCORD project will promote touring and will stimulate local arts activities...Read full...
Wed 28 Mar, 2012 - News
"... For Guy Rodgers, the executive director of ELAN, the [Arcade Fire] effect speaks to the vitality of English-language culture in Quebec, and the increasing, if uneasy, acceptance of it by the francophone majority.
Rodgers, a speaker at a forum for the English-speaking community held over the weekend in Montreal, said anglophone culture in Quebec has provided more success stories, with more prize-winning writers, musicians and filmmakers bridging the linguistic divide, in the last few years than in the last few decades.
(...) Artists accept French as the public language, he said - in meetings, no one expects francophones to be bilingual, or speak English.
"That's the fact. But in return we want to make culture in the language that we are most comfortable in - If one anglophone artist can be an asset, why can't others? If Quebec culture is strong enough to include a Texan, it shouldn't be hard to include people who were born and raised here." ..."Read full...
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