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ELANews reports to the community on our own activities. Here you will find information on ELAN's upcoming events, programs for artists, partnerships with other organizations, as well as information on arts-funding advocacy work and important policy developments.

Volunteers needed for Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mon 25 Feb, 2013 - Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed for Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal's 50th Anniversary Celebration Event on May 6, 2013.


We need your help to make a spectacular memorable event happen. Be a part of a committee, or volunteer just a few hours

Let us know if you have any special skills you could share with us (marketing, media, film editing, projections, etc).


Please contact Stephen Orlov at 514-751-2548 or email for more information.

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Job Opportunities for the Montreal West Operatic Society's 75th Season

Tue 16 Jul, 2013 - Job Opportunities

The Montreal West Operatic Society, a community theatre group, celebrating its 75th anniversary this season, has opportunities this season for:

Stage Director
Music Director
Rehearsal Pianist/Assistant Music Director

Please submit your resume to:
Applicants for Stage Director should be prepared to speak on their concept for this year's production of "La Vie Parisienne" by Jacques Offenbach.

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MainLine Theatre is seeking a General Manager, 2013-14 Season

Mon 02 Sep, 2013 - Job Opportunities

MainLine Theatre (and The St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival) is seeking a General Manager for its 2013-14 season with a possibility of contract extension or renewal. Reporting to the Executive Director, the General Manager is responsible for the operational, administrative and financial management of the company. The contract extends from October 1st, 2013 to September 27th, 2014.

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Arts Alive! Québec: Multi-region Arts Festival Returns for 2nd Summer

Wed 15 Jun, 2016 - News

ELAN presents Arts Alive! Québec




Where Quebec arts and culture comes alive from June to September!

For Arts Alive! Québec, six Quebec regions band together to create an exciting summer festival series. Take advantage of the season – enjoy day trips to pretty Quebec towns or local area artists


MONTREAL, June 2016 –The English Language Arts Network (ELANcelebrates the return ofArts Alive! Québec. Between June and September, HudsonQuebec CityHuntingdonKnowltonWakefieldand Montreal's West Island, will host weekend celebrations of Quebec arts and culture. Some communities focus around a main venue and its environs; others transform the entire town. Programming is highly individual, reflecting local tastes, arts and cultures. There’s something different to experience and taste at each region's event, from local artists and visiting headliners to puppet shows, literary activities, contemporary dance, theatre performances, visual arts, chamber music, film, and even a Celtic party! On offer are indoor and outdoor events for all ages, including hands-on creative activities led by musicians, theatre professionals, dancers, filmmakers, and craftspeople. Through the universal language of art, Arts Alive! Québec’s inclusive, family-friendly atmosphere builds bridges between English-speaking and French-speaking communities. Many free events.


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Complimentary Tickets to PEARL

Start Date: Tue 14 Jun, 2016
End Date: Thu 16 Jun, 2016

Community Events



PEARL is a contemporary dance and theatre piece based on the life of Pearl S Buck playing at Montreal's historic Imperial Theatre (1432 Bleury) from June 14 to 18. 

PEARL are offering complimentary tickets to ELAN members and supporters to the performances on June 14, 15 and 16. These tickets are given on a first-come-first-serve basis and are available by RSVP.

Respond to to RSVP, with the number of tickets requested and date you wish to see the show. They will send you an email to confirm the reservation.

After the show, they hope you will share your comments on social media. PearlTheShow is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Remember to use the hashtag #pearltheshow



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Montreal Creator Exchange

Start Date: Mon 06 Jun, 2016
End Date: Mon 06 Jun, 2016

Community Events


The Playwrights Guild of Canada is offering a "Montreal Creator Exchange".

The Creator Exchange is a free artist networking event that brings 10 playwrights and 10 directors together to find new working relationships and shared opportunities.

In partnership with the Festival TransAmériques.

June 6, 1-3pm

To register:

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Professional Acting Workshop

Mon 06 Jun, 2016 - Workshops

Professional Acting Workshop
Danse 1...2....3, 7927 Newman in Lasalle
July 4-8th 2016 and July 11-15th from 9h30-4h00
cost: 340$ for one week and 600$ for 2 weeks
Anik Matern will be giving a 2 week intensive summer course. This workshop recipe will be filled with great group creations, that will improve a variety of acting skills, but fun is an important ingredient in the mix. 
5 spots left
For adults and teens 15+
you can register by sending email to 
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Write-On Q! Script Writing Competition

Fri 03 Jun, 2016 - Calls for Submissions


Every year Infinithéâtre looks for innovative, challenging and exciting new works by Québec playwrights. A jury of professionals chooses the winner of the Pam Dunn Prize ($3,000) from plays submitted before the September 6th deadline. 

The winning script, as well as two or three additional plays, comprise the line-up of the annual reading series, The Pipeline, an animated weekend of free public play readings. Infinithéâtre takes its cue from the audience at talkbacks following each event, an open forum with the playwrights and actors that provides valuable feedback for future programming and script rewrites.


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Black Theatre Workshop hiring Outreach & Marketing Coordinator

Mon 30 May, 2016 - Job Opportunities



Black Theatre Workshop is currently seeking an Outreach & Marketing Coordinator as part of its team.

The successful, dynamic, bilingual candidate works well in a fast-paced environment, has excellent time management, interpersonal and communication skills. She/he will also have experience in marketing and arts organization development, and is willing to work flexible hours. Experience with social media marketing would be an asset. Above average computer skills with word processing and desktop publishing experience in a Windows environment would also be required.

The Coordinator is responsible for the effective outreach and marketing of the theatre.

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Job Opportunity - Infinithéâtre

Tue 24 May, 2016 - Job Opportunities

Infinithéâtre is looking for the right person to join our team!!!

Box Office & Sales Manager – 2016 - 2017 Season

Infinithéâtre is accepting applications for the position of Box Office & Sales Manager for their 2016-2017 Season. This position is a 30 week contract beginning in September.
His/ her tasks may include:

*Managing bookings, selling tickets and 6pack subscriptions
*Selling advertising space in programs
*Carrying out daily office tasks
*Communications between artists, staff, our partners and the audience.
*Managing the box office and create promotional campaigns, market research, audience mediation programs, and maintain Action Infini.
*Assist Artistic Director when necessary.
*Assisting with funding applications

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

*Knowledge and experience in the theatrical milieu
*Previous experience and/or an interest in marketing/advertising is an asset
*Comfortable multi-tasking
*Organizational skills
*Strong knowledge of computer environment (Mac OS, Excel, Word)

While Infinithéâtre is primarily an English-language theatre company, candidates must be comfortable speaking French to interact with audience members and answer phone calls.

Contract begins in September, 2016 – Ending March 2017.

***Applicant must be eligible for an Emploi QC employment program.****

Full-time, 40hrs/wk.

Please submit applications ASAP to: 
Simon A. Abou-Fadel

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Love and Loathing: gritty truth about mothers

Start Date: Mon 23 May, 2016
End Date: Wed 13 Apr, 2016

Artistic Events


Allie Weigh is back with her second one woman show previewing at Mainline Theatre on Monday May 23rd at 8pm. With original compositions, live violin and intimate monologues Allie delves into the reality of mothering and its contradictions in this time when women have more choice, higher expectations and shifting desires. Allie temporarily vacates her kitchen sink and psychotherapist chair to share searing, touching and humorous truths about the secret struggles of mothers with her audience.
"Allie Weigh weaves a poetic and musical spell that is by turns
funny, meditative, and moving."
John Arthur Sweet, monologist

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Black Theatre Workshop's Discovery Series - Calpurnia

Start Date: Mon 16 May, 2016
End Date: Mon 16 May, 2016

Artistic Events



By Audrey Dwyer
Directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart

Presented at the MAI Café (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance, Montreal H2X 2K5
May 16th 2016 at 7:30pm
Buy them online here or by calling 514-932-1104

Julie, a young Afro-Canadian screenwriter, is retelling To Kill a Mockingbird. This time the story will be told from the perspective of

A Black woman.
The Finch family’s maid.

In pursuit of perspective to cure her writer’s block, Julie upturns an important family dinner party. Hilarity and tension ensue in this satirical comedy that takes a caustic look at class,race, identity and family dynamics under the roof of a wealthy Jamaican Canadian home.

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Schools Liaison at Geordie Productions

Tue 29 Mar, 2016 - Job Opportunities


Geordie Productions is searching for an organized, independent, and personable team player to fill the position of Schools Liaison.

Geordie is a Montreal based Anglophone theatre company entering its 36th season. We produce thought-provoking and socially engaged works and offer entertaining theatre for all ages. We have a great interest in promoting the development of theatre in Montreal and fostering professional development of all professional theatre practitioners.

Reporting to Geordie’s General Manager, the Schools Liaison is responsible for:

For Mainstage shows:
• Soliciting bookings for Mainstage and touring productions.
• Maintaining revenue and expense budgets for touring shows and Mainstage school shows, providing the General Manager with reconciliation data monthly.
• Reconciling Box Office reports for School Matinee performances.
• Negotiating fees with presenters and monitoring receipt of all monies owing.
• Writing and dispatching all contracts pertaining to shows booked.
• Hosting and organizing all schools attending Mainstage shows.

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Fringe Festival Launch Party

Start Date: Sat 07 May, 2016
End Date: Sat 07 May, 2016

Community Events

St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival - Festival Program Launch Party!

The St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival is hosting a Festival Program Launch Party at the Galerie MainLine Gallery (3905 Saint-Laurent) on May 10 at 7PM. For the first time this summer, experience what it's like to have a beer in one hand and a FRINGE program in the other. It's never too early to start planning YOUR FRINGE. See what shows and events are to come and meet the artists that will make it all possible!

This event is free.

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Gilbert & Sullivan's 'The Gondoliers'

Start Date: Sat 07 May, 2016
End Date: Sun 22 May, 2016

Community Events

Two brothers are informed that the Kingdom of Barataria is theirs - but which brother is the king and which, the gondolier? No one knows for sure...
The Montreal West-End Operatic Society is proud to announce this year's Gilbert and Sullivan operetta (our 77th production!) - 'The Gondoliers' - playing at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke St. West, Westmount on May 7 & 14 (19:30) May 8 (14:00); and at the Harold Greenspon, 5801 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc on May 20, 21 (19:30) & May 22 (14:00). Tickets: $25/20$/$15/10$; inquiries: 514-990-8813 ext. 2 or or via Paypal at

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Beautiful City Theatre Presents: PUNK ROCK

Start Date: Fri 06 May, 2016
End Date: Sat 14 May, 2016

Artistic Events


PUNK ROCK takes place in a private school library where seven high school students are preparing for exams. Tensions rise as a group of students descend deeper into their adolescent angst and repressed feelings. Inspired by the Columbine shooting in 1999, PUNK ROCK forces us to confront the reality of school violence. The play asks us to consider how this violence comes about, and the deep impacts that bullying can have.

The show features a cast of performers from the Montreal area. Montreal is a city that knows first-hand the cost of violence in schools. Given the history of this city and the widespread tragedy of mass shootings, this play is a timely and necessary consideration of relationships and empathy. It allows us to reflect on our own experiences and contemplate how to move forward.

Each performance will be followed by a talk-back discussion with the director, cast, and members of the production team.

$35 Adults
$25 Seniors
$20 Students

(514) 288-3161

Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 7:30 ($15 PREVIEW PERFORMANCE)
Friday, May 6, 2016 – 7:30pm
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 7:30pm
Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 13, 2016 – 7:30pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 7:30pm

For more information, please visit:

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Geordie Productions presents "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"

Start Date: Fri 29 Apr, 2016
End Date: Sun 08 May, 2016

Artistic Events

“…an entertaining way to introduce the whole family to great music [and] great theatre.” – Kathryn Greenway (The Gazette)

The arrival of an eccentric boarder turns a young boy’s life upside down: Ludwig van Beethoven has moved upstairs! At first young Christoph resents the new tenant but slowly comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of his music. A heartfelt and mesmerizing tribute for all ages, "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" introduces audiences to some of the composer’s most memorable works.

Geordie is thrilled to bring back its theatrical adaptation of the award-winning Classical Kids’ story of the same title. Come revisit it or experience it as a family for the first time between April 29th and May 8th, 2016.

Originally created by Susan Hammond
Written by Douglas Cowling
Adapted for the stage and directed by Dean Patrick Fleming

Starring:Luncinda Davis, Quincy Armorer, Leni Parker, Paul-Eric Hausknost and Alex McCooeye

Designed by Amy Keith (Costumes), James Lavoie (Set), Thomas Godefroid (Lighting) and Peter Cerone (Sound)

“We have haute cuisine and haute couture. Now we have haute Geordie.” – Kathryn Greenway (The Gazette)

APRIL 29 - MAY 8, 2016

Friday April 29th – 7:00 pm
Saturday April 30th -- 2:00 pm
Sunday May 1st -- 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Saturday May 7th -- 2:00 pm
Sunday May 8th -- 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm

TICKETS: $14.50 children; $16.50 students/seniors; $18.50 adults; all prices are subject to taxes | Group rate (10 or more): 20% Off

Children age 6 and up & and adults of all ages

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes

(514) 845-9810 or

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Volunteer at the Fringe Festival!

Thu 28 Apr, 2016 - Volunteer Opportunities

26th Edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival
Produced by MainLine Theatre. MAY 30 - JUNE 19, 2016

Volunteer Call-out

The St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival is looking for volunteers.
FRINGE can only run with the help of its generous volunteers. In exchange for your hard
work, we offer FRINGE bucks, which allow you to see FRINGE shows for free. A four hour
shift earns you four FRINGE bucks, enough for one ticket to one show. After the festival, we
throw a party for our volunteers with AWESOME auction prizes that you can bid on with your
leftover FRINGE bucks!
Also, volunteering is FUN!

Meet the volunteer coordinator at the FRINGE Volunteer Party:
Saturday, May 7 at 7PM at the MainLine Gallery (3905 Saint-Laurent) and as of 11PM at the
MainLine Theatre (3997 Saint-Laurent)

THEME : It's Raining Cats & Dogs! You’re welcome to dress up, bring a picture of your pet, or
meow all night!
An experience not to be missed!
Contact us: or at 514-849-0069


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