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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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The Violet Hour

Start Date: Thu 09 Jun, 2016
End Date: Thu 09 Jun, 2016

Community Events

June 9, 2016  - BAR STOCK IN THE GAY VILLAGE -  7 pm

As night descends upon Montreal’s gay village, queer Canadian writers and performers will gather for the latest in a series of public readings and performances of original work at Stock Bar – a strip club on Ste. Catherine Street East.

On the roster: readings by Will Aitken, Shelagh Plunkett, Karen Molson, Melanie Mitzner, Bill Zaget and Carolyn Boll, with a special performance by Woodpigeon, a.k.a. Mark Andrew Hamilton. The event is hosted by Christopher DiRaddo.

Free (18+)

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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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Vallum Award for Poetry 2016

Tue 10 May, 2016 - Calls for Submissions

Vallum Poetry Contest 2016 - SUBMIT!

Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2016. This year's contest judge is award-winning poet, Jeramy Dodds!

$25 CDN for Canadian residents, $25 USD for US and international entrants, which includes a free one-year subscription* to Vallum. Payment can be made by cheque (payable to "Vallum") or through our online store hosted by PayPal.

*Please note that international entrants will receive a one-year digital subscription only.
*All entrants will be signed up to receive Vallum E-News! You may unsubscribe at any time.


1. Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. Do not label your poems with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. Please also specify how you heard about the contest.
2. Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published.
3. 1st prize is $750, 2nd $250. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum's website. Honourable Mentions may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes.

Please write your name, contact information, each poem's title, and how you heard about the contest in the body of the email. Include your poems in an attachment, without any identification. The contest is judged blind. Also write "VALLUM AWARD" in subject line of your email. Your contact information and poem titles must be clearly delineated.

If mailing your entry, please send it to:

Vallum Contest
5038 Sherbrooke West
PO BOX 23077 CP Vendome
Montreal, QC H4A 1T0

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New Book on Montreal Businessman and China

Tue 19 Apr, 2016 - Member News

Gina Roitman is launching a new book: "Midway to China and Beyond, the life of Montreal businessman" by Gary Bromberg as told to Gina Roitman.

His recollections of childhood, his first foray into his father’s business, coming of age as the owner of Midway Industries, and his pioneering adventures in building business with China, a memoir of a man who learned how to adapt.

Books will be for sale pre-launch at the 2016 Authors for Indies event at Paragraphe Bookstore on April 30th, where Gina will be present from 12-4pm.

For more information on the Authors for Indies event, check the facebook event.

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alpha bones candy BOOK LAUNCH

Start Date: Tue 19 Apr, 2016
End Date: Tue 19 Apr, 2016

Artistic Events

Lp Camozzi here announcing the official April 19 launch of my 3rd children's picture book entitled alpha bones candy. A humorous tanka poetry version of an ABC picture book illustrated by my son. 64 page B&W book with illustrations that can be coloured and has objects to find for each letter. Printed in Montreal.

Would love to see you at our launch at Georges Laoun Opticien beside Montreal Museum of Fine Art at 1380 rue Sherbrooke W. 5-630 pm. Tuesday April 19.

You can preview the book at my website and rsvp me there or here via email please.

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Call for Titles - Issue #50, Summer 2016

Thu 31 Mar, 2016 - Calls for Submissions

Our spring 2016 issue came out March 18, and the time has come to turn our attention to preparing the summer issue. We're currently looking for new publications to consider for issue #50 of the Montreal Review of Books. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, criticism, children’s & YA, etc are all welcome – we invite you to submit any style of literature.

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In-School Creative Residencies for Professional Artists

Wed 13 Apr, 2016 - Calls for Submissions

Apply for the In-School Creative Residencies for Professional Artists, part of the Cree School Board’s Arts Concentration Program Mikw Chiyâm, taking place in the 2016-2017 School Year.


Mikw Chiyâm is an interdisciplinary enrichment program that aims to increase student retention by reinforcing Cree identity through artistic expression. Our aspiration for the program is to inspire youth by creating contexts for students to collaborate with professional Canadian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. Four intensive five-week creative residencies will be offered in schools during the academic year. This program is projected to take place in three CSB high schools in Northern Quebec for the 2016/17 school year.


Program and application details can be found on our website at

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Group Coaching for Artists

Wed 16 Mar, 2016 - Workshops

Group Coaching for Artists

Thursday mornings: April 7 (Repeats April 21)
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Hosted and moderated by the YES Artists’ Coach, this informal, open coaching block is available on a first-come, first-served basis and encourages the exchange of ideas, information, resources and strategies between peers working towards careers in the arts and/or in arts-entrepreneurship. Group maximum is 8 participants. Participants are required to have opened a client file at YES for these coaching.

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Girls Action Foundation - Young Racialized Women Anthology

Wed 06 Apr, 2016 - Calls for Submissions

The Girls Action Racialized Working Group is seeking contributors for its young racialized women’s anthology!

The Girls Action Racialized Working Group is a group that works around issues pertaining to racialized girls’ and young women’s lives. The group is made up of women working in girls and youth-serving organizations from all across Canada.

The working group would like to produce a publication about young racialized women’s lives. This publication will consist of an anthology: a collection of works including written stories, artwork, photos (or photo essays), letters, or any other piece!

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ELAN is hiring a Membership and Communications Assistant

Wed 06 Apr, 2016 - Job Opportunities

Job Posting: Membership and Communications Assistant

Duration: 13 weeks 
12.50 per hour, 35 hours per week 
Start and End Dates:
Candidate must be available to work for 13 consecutive weeks between May 9 - August 26, 2016. Preferred start date of May 30.
Language(s) of work:
 Intermediate to excellent oral and written English and basic (working knowledge of) oral and written French 
 Montreal, Quebec 


Job Description

The English-Language Arts Network is a non-profit organization devoted to helping Quebec's English-language artists make connections with one another, with their francophone colleagues, and with their audiences in Quebec, Canada and internationally.

ELAN is searching for a Membership and Communications Assistant for a thirteen-week period. This position will provide valuable experience for candidates considering a career in arts and cultural administration, marketing, and communications, especially in the not-for-profit sector. The Membership and Communications Assistant will have three principal duties:

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Jump-Start Your Art & Financing Options

Wed 16 Mar, 2016 - Workshops

Jump-Start Your Art & Financing Options
Cost : FREE ($2 for handouts)
Monday, April 4, 2016 (1:30PM-3:30PM)
(Repeats April 25)

Are you an artist seeking to make a living from your creativity and talent, but don’t know how? This orientation session outlines the support services available to artists through YES and other arts organizations, and touches upon key things to consider when building a career or business in the arts.

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Monique Polak launches her latest 3 books (2 events)

Start Date: Sun 03 Apr, 2016
End Date: Sun 17 Apr, 2016

Artistic Events


Sunday, April 3, 2-4 PM: Monique Polak launches her first non-fiction book for young readers Passover: Festival of Freedom (Orca Book Publishers) at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, 5151 Cote Ste. Catherine Street. Guests are invited for a free self-guided tour of the Holocaust Centre prior to the launch. Please arrive at 1 PM and let the admissions desk know you are there for the Passover launch. A portion of book sales will be donated to the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. RSVP by emailing


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ELAN launches ACE Initiative

Fri 01 Apr, 2016 - News

Announcing the ACE Initiative!

A two-year project that will significantly and sustainably increase connections between Quebec’s English Arts & Culture sector - organizations & artists and Community & Education partners in all regions.

A two-year project that will significantly and sustainably increase connections between Quebec’s English Arts & Culture sector - organizations & artists and Community & Education partners in all regions.
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Playwrights' Workshop Montreal : Solo Showcase

Start Date: Wed 30 Mar, 2016
End Date: Wed 30 Mar, 2016

Artistic Events

Playwrights Workshop Montreal presents a evening of new and in-progress works developed by the PWM Young Creators Unit. An evening of exerpts and first reads, it promises to be an entertaining and inspiring showcase!

Free admission
Live music by: Eva Foote

Playwrights' Workshop, and the Young Creators Unit would like to thank the Canadian Heritage foundation for their support in funding this project.

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Ezra Soiferman's "Last Game at The Forum"

Wed 16 Mar, 2016 - Member News

Doc filmmaker & photographer Ezra Soiferman has recently launched his 'time capsule' coffee-table book "Last Game at The Forum". The acclaimed book and gallery exhibit (the exhibit ran from March 11-25 at Art Victoria Park in Westmount) showcase/d his previously-unseen photos shot 20 years ago during the very last Canadiens game at the Montreal Forum.

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Seeking artist/writer to share studio space

Tue 29 Mar, 2016 - ELAN Classifieds

450 sq. ft. to be shared with one other artist or writer. $400 per month includes air conditioning, sink, use of fridge and microwave, canvas rack for storage. Sunny 2nd floor space, facing west. Complexe du Canal at 4710 Saint-Ambroise (Saint-Henri).

Available June 1. Please contact

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Around the World in 60 Minutes with the Montreal Storytellers’ Guild

Start Date: Thu 24 Mar, 2016
End Date: Thu 24 Mar, 2016

Community Events

Experienced tellers from the Montreal Storytellers’ Guild entertain you with an evening of tales from all around the world. Open to storytelling fans ages 12 and over. Free at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd).

Call 514-485-6900 for more info.

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APRIL + Early MAY Events at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre

Start Date: Mon 21 Mar, 2016
End Date: Mon 21 Mar, 2016

Artistic Events

TUESDAY, April 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
For the Atwater Library Seed Library, seasoned gardener Brenda Copping conducts a hands-on workshop on starting seeds indoors.
Advance registration required. For information and to register, contact Zile Ozols at or 514-935-7344 ext'n 205.
Free admission; donations requested.
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave. at Ste-Catherine (métro Atwater).

THURSDAY, April 7 at 12:30 pm
The Atwater Library Lunchtime Series presents "Exploring End-of-Life Care Options in Quebec." Ethicists Véronique Fraser and Lori Seller from The Centre for Applied Ethics at the McGill University Health Centre discuss ethical issues at the end of life, with a focus on the new law in Quebec governing palliative care and medical aid in dying. They will respond to audience questions about this important topic.
All are welcome.Free admission; donations requested.
For more information, phone 514-935-7344.
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave. at Ste-Catherine (métro Atwater)

WEDNESDAY, April 13 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Writer Mary Soderstrom leads the Atwater Library Book Club in a discussion of A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam.
All are welcome.Free admission; donations requested.
For more information, phone 514-935-7344.
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave. at Ste-Catherine (métro Atwater)

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ELAN Grantwriting Workshop

Mon 29 Feb, 2016 - News

** The workshop is now full! Keep an eye on ELANews for announcements about future editions.**


presented by ELAN
developed in partnership with YES Montreal


Saturday, March 19, 1-5 PM

Playwrights' Workshop Montreal - #240, 5337 Blvd Saint Laurent

$15 ELAN members // $20 regular

Email to register and pay

Payment due by MARCH 15 to reserve your spot

Open to all, with specific resources provided for culturally diverse artists*



This grantwriting workshop provides English-speaking artists of all disciplines, at all stages of their careers, with the information, tools, and resources to create and deliver the most impactful and persuasive grants possible.

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