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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.

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators

Thu 05 Sep, 2013 - ELAN Classifieds

Let's prove that this quote by Stephen Fry is true. I'm currently building a bookshelfie (picture one takes of oneself in front of a bookhelf) gallery and am looking for people to submit their pictures to show the world that books are still alive and lovec (see the gallery here:

In exchange for your picture, I will glady link back to or showcase your work on my social media (my facebook page has an average reach of 500/people/week).

If you'd like to join in on the fun, send your bookshelfie to Include your first name and location as well.

Thank you very much!

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Exploring Practice: Alternative Narrative with BRIAN DRADER

Thu 04 Feb, 2016 - Workshops

Alternative Narrative Workshop Description (Brian Drader PWM workshop Feb. 29 to March 3, 2016)

Theatre is still a language-based art form, but the tools we use to tell our stories are constantly expanding and evolving, as is the form itself. The Alternative Narrative workshop is an exploration of what ‘narrative’ is, and the different ways that narrative is communicated and revealed, including imbedded narrative, the non-linear story, and subverting narrative, as well as forms that are more often thought of as the purview of other mediums, such as visual, experiential, physical, and musical narrative. This will be a practical workshop; we will be writing, and building stories with other tools, as we explore narrative outside of the dialogue-centric model most often associated with theatre.

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The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) presents: How Literary Festivals Work: Programming Demystified

Start Date: Sun 28 Feb, 2016
End Date: Sun 28 Feb, 2016

Community Events

Sponsored by The Literary Press Group of Canada
February 19, 2016, 4 p.m.
Auditorium, Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, QC, H3X 1X4

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"Shivers & Signposts: The Journey Continues" Virtual Book Tour

Fri 05 Feb, 2016 - Member News

Following his Raindrops Glimpses Moments: An Unconventional Memoir of an Unplanned Journey, ELAN board member and QDF representative Len Richman recently published a sequal, Shivers & Signposts: The Journey Continues that begins a virtual book tour February 15th. (Explicit information by going to

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ELAN Public Consultation and Mixer

Wed 20 Jan, 2016 - News


Wednesday, February 10 - 6-8 PMLe Cagibi - 5490 St. Laurent, Montreal
RSVP: by email to or on Facebook (click here)

**FREE** and open to all!
Light snacks provided.


We're updating our website, newsletter and print media and we want to know what you think!

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In Others' Words

Start Date: Wed 10 Feb, 2016
End Date: Wed 10 Feb, 2016

Community Events

In Others' Words

What is the process of creation for the translator, and in what way does it differ from that of the writer?

Literary translation is much more than the simple transfer of a literary work from one language to another; translators must make the text their own. It is an art in its own right.

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Start Date: Wed 10 Feb, 2016
End Date: Wed 10 Feb, 2016

Artistic Events

Jordan Tannahill's plays explore themes of gender politics, youth culture, and marginalized identity through the playful combination of documentary elements and magic realism. He will be reading from his award winning play rihannaboi95, a piece performed over Internet live-stream, and his book Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama, which The Globe and Mail called "essential reading for anyone interested in the state of contemporary theatre and performance."

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Author, Colleen Baxter Sullivan

Thu 04 Feb, 2016 - Member News

I am proud to say that I have completed 2 books in the Adam Garwood Detective Series, "Yolk" and "Gritty." Both of these books are published with Waldorf Publishing. They will be released in 2017. I will keep you posted.

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The Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators 2016

Thu 04 Feb, 2016 - Calls for Submissions


PWM’s Exploring Practice proudly announces:

The Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators 2016

The translation of new work for the stage is an important part of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s programming. To this end, we are partnering with the Cole Foundation for the second consecutive year to share our expertise with emerging translators by way of The Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators. The successful candidate will receive a cash prize of 1000$ and dramaturgical support on a new translation by renowned translator and dramaturg Maureen Labonté. Please see details

1. Who
• Emerging translators: You must have completed at least 1 translation which has received a public reading, publication and /or production.
• Because the focus is on developing translators, you must not have done more than 3 translations.

2. What
• Translations from French into English only.
• Full-length scripts, one acts or Theatre for Young People are all welcomed. Our expertise does not extend to the translation of musicals

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The 2016 Metatron Prize for Rising Authors

Wed 27 Jan, 2016 - Calls for Submissions

MONTREAL, QC - Metatron is thrilled to announce the second annual Metatron Prize for Rising Authors! 

We are looking for engaging manuscripts of contemporary literature [novels, novellas, poetry, short story collections, etc.] from emerging writers. The winning manuscript will receive a $200 cash prize, a selection of past Metatron titles + a publication deal with Metatron!

We publish both chapbooks and books, so submissions can be anywhere from 25-150 pages, give or take. We are open to all genres/anti-genres.



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Making Scenes of Our Own: Plays of English Quebec

Start Date: Mon 25 Jan, 2016
End Date: Mon 25 Jan, 2016

Community Events

Making Scenes of Our Own: Plays of English Quebec

Do you love the theatre? What could be more fun and exciting than watching a live performance of a beautifully crafted text that speaks to your experience – or opens up a whole new world? There’s a reason it’s called a “play.”

It’s easy to see a play by an old British guy, or an old French guy. Or even an American or an Ontarian. But English-Quebec plays, contemporary and past, may be harder to find. And while plays written in English in Quebec are being given more space in theatre seasons these days, how did we get here? Is there a canon of English-Quebec plays? Is one even possible?

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Seeking printer referrals

Wed 13 Jan, 2016 - ELAN Classifieds

ELAN member Lp Camozzi of Lp Kids ( is looking for offset printer referrals from other ELAN members or affiliated organizations.  Seeking a book printer who can manage an initial press run of 1000-2000 soft cover 64 page books 8 w X 10 h finished size. Spot colour cover with black and white interior pages. Must have book printing and finishing experience and ramp up capability if demand takes off.  Target delivery date of printed books is April 1, 2016.   Artwork in production now.    Please contact Lp at 514 937 2940 or  Any Canadian location will be considered.

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Vallum Chapbook Award 2016

Thu 07 Jan, 2016 - Calls for Submissions

Vallum is now accepting original and previously unpublished chapbook submissions for the Vallum Chapbook Award 2016.

$25 Payment can be made by cheque (payable to "Vallum") or through our online store hosted by PayPal.


1. The $25 entry fee covers 1 chapbook submission of 12-20 pages. Do not label your chapbook with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. Please also specify how you heard about the Vallum Chapbook Award.

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A Public Reading of Alexis Diamond's Play - Strange Land

Start Date: Thu 17 Dec, 2015
End Date: Thu 17 Dec, 2015

Artistic Events

Join for a public reading of Alexis Diamond's play, Strange Land.

In 1942 Montreal, in a world torn apart by war and infested with Old World prejudice, Dinah Reisberg, a socialist Jewish girl from Montreal’s Main, risks everything to pull out hatred by its roots and rewrite the story of the New World.

Performed by Talya Rubin, Rosaruby Kagan, Felicia Shulman, Stephanie Breton, Jonathan Silver, & Karl Garboshas.

DATE: 17 December 2015


PRESENTED AT PWM Studio, 5337 boul. Saint, Laurent, suite 240

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Call for Submissions: The 2016 Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac

Thu 10 Dec, 2015 - Calls for Submissions

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, in partnership with the Cole Foundation, is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Glassco Translation Residency. The residency is moving to a new date and will take place June 13-23, 2016 at the home of the late Bill Glassco, in Tadoussac, Quebec.

The Glassco Translation Residency allows playwrights from Québec and across Canada to come together with their translators for ten days in Tadoussac, Quebec, to work in-depth on their translations/adaptations.

The chosen participants are provided with a unique opportunity to focus on translations of contemporary French and English plays from Quebec and Canada, as well as theatrical adaptations, and to share expertise in a retreat environment. Translations into other languages such as Cree, Spanish, Catalan and Italian, have also been supported. Award-winning translator and playwright, Bobby Theodore, will serve as residency host and translation dramaturg.

Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016

Please email submissions to Emma Tibaldo, Artistic and Executive Director, at

Subject: The Glassco Translation Residency

For more information, visit

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Free play readings - The Pipeline 2015 at the Rialto, Infinithéâtre, Dec. 10-13

Start Date: Thu 10 Dec, 2015
End Date: Sun 13 Dec, 2015

Artistic Events

Infinithéâtre’s annual free play reading series, now in its 10th year, returns with 4 plays including the prize winners from this year’s WRITE-ON-Q!

Local playwrights celebrated December 10-13, 2015

Every year Infinithéâtre proudly presents Québec’s newest discoveries in THE PIPELINE, an annual series of free public play readings where the audience takes centre stage. Guy Sprung, Infinithéâtre’s artistic director, invites the public to be part of the excitement of The Pipeline’s 10th year, and to share their views from Thursday, December 10 – Sunday, December 13 at the beautiful Rialto Theatre’s Infinite Studio. On offer will be the three winning plays from the 8th annual Write-On-Q! playwriting competition along with one of the finalists.

Dec. 10-13, Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 7:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm
At Rialto Infinite Studio, 5711 Parc Ave, 3rd floor
Admission is pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested donation)

For more information about Infinithéâtre’s line-up of plays or the 6Pack discount card, log onto or call 514-987–1774.

Scripts for Write-On-Q! 2016 can be submitted to the Infinithéâtre offices from now until Tues., Sept. 6 at 5413, boul. St-Laurent, Suite 302, Montreal QC H2T 1S5.

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Call for Proposals for The HTMlles 12: Terms of Privacy

Wed 09 Dec, 2015 - Calls for Submissions


The HTMlles: Feminist Festival of Media Arts + Digital Culture
12th Edition, November 3 - 6, 2016
New deadline: January 4, 2016

Since 1997, The HTMlles has brought together artists, scholars, and activists passionate about critically engaging new technologies from a feminist perspective. The festival takes place biannually in Montreal, and its aim is to showcase cutting-edge projects produced by local and international artists. Each edition focuses on a specific theme and addresses urgent socio-political questions by pushing the boundaries of artistic and feminist practices.

The 12th edition of the festival will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Studio XX! To celebrate such a collective accomplishment, we launch our open call for proposals to local and international artists so that, together, we can continue to enact creative and critical feminist interventions in media arts and digital culture.

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An audio-visual presentation by Louise Abbott - The Islands of Lake Memphremagog: A Natural and Human History

Start Date: Sat 28 Nov, 2015
End Date: Sat 28 Nov, 2015

Artistic Events

Ski nature Georgeville & StudioGeorgeville present...

An audio-visual presentation by Louise Abbott.

WHERE? Murray Memorial Hall, 4680, chemin Georgeville, Georgeville, QC

Admission: $10
Refreshments will be served

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Local Author Salon with Anita Anand, Susan Doherty Hannaford, and Caroline Vu

Start Date: Wed 25 Nov, 2015
End Date: Wed 25 Nov, 2015

Community Events

Local Author Salon
Wednesday, November 25 at 7pm

Meet acclaimed local authors Anita Anand (Swing in the House and Other Stories), Susan Doherty Hannaford (A Secret Music), and Caroline Vu (Palawan Story and That Summer in Provincetown). They will be sharing from their recently published work.

At the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library
5851 Cavendish Blvd.

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MASTER CLASS with Jill Murray: Game Writing for Playwrights

Mon 12 Oct, 2015 - Workshops

DATES: 23-27 November 2015

TIME: 10am to 6pm

WHERE: PWM Studio, 5337 boul. Saint-Laurent, suite 240 Montréal, QC H4B 2T5

FEE: Free for PWM members; $50 for non-members

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: Please send a letter describing your interest in this Master Class and a CV with Subject: Master Class with Jill Murray


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