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ELAN Legacy Panels at POP Montreal Symposium

POP Montreal + ELAN present: Legacy Panel Discussions @ POP Symposium

Sunday, September 21


ELAN is excited to team up with POP Montreal to co-host two FREE discussion panels at the POP Symposium! Their themes are pretty different, but they have in common the goal of celebrating the contributions of English-speaking arts to Quebec’s cultural life.



Literary Legacies: A Montreal Story
September 21, 12 PM
POP Quarters (3450 Saint-Urbain)

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Linda Leith is founder of the internationally renowned Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. Marianne Ackerman founded Rover Arts, an independent online review of arts and culture, and the bilingual theatre company 1774/Infinithéâtre. These two writers, producers and trailblazers played important roles transforming the moribund Anglo arts scene of the ‘80s into today’s thriving scene. They will share stories about trials, errors, victories, and the relentless DIY spirit needed to succeed in Montreal.


Linda Leith - Linda’s most recent books are Marrying Hungary (2008) and Writing in the Time of Nationalism (2010). Founder of Blue Metropolis Foundation in 1997, she was President & Artistic director of the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival until December 2010. She created Linda Leith Publishing in 2011.

Marianne Ackerman - Marianne has published three novels and four plays. Founder and artistic director of Theatre 1774 (1989-1997), she founded the online arts magazine Rover in 2008. Her new collection of short fiction, Holy Fools, published by Guernica Editions, will be launched at Drawn & Quarterly on October 1. Her play Triplex Nervosa will premiere at the Centaur Theatre in April 2015.

Katia Grubisic - Katia is a writer, editor and translator. Her work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications, and her collection of poems What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.



The Montreal Formula: Thinking Outside the Box for Survival in the Montreal Arts
September 21, 1:45 PM
POP Quarters (3450 Saint-Urbain)

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Albert Nerenberg is a filmmaker, prankster, and laughologist who founded the World Stupidity Awards, and Trailervision, ‘an international cult phenomenon.’ Albert’s fertile imagination has created a multitude of niches to make his art – and earn a living. Albert will invite some friends to swap stories about the out-of-the-box things you have to do to survive as an artist in Montreal. 

JC Little will be live-cartooning the panel's findings - and maybe even the magic Montreal formula itself!


Murray Lightburn - Murray is both a solo recording artist and frontman of The Dears, an influential Montreal based independent rock band. Since 1995, they have released 5 full-length albums and 2 EPs and have toured the world over, including performances on Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, and at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Coachella and Austin City Limits festivals, to name a few.

JC Little - JC is an award-winning story artist and animation director. Her 30-year career spans commercials, feature films, new media, and her own TV series, My Life Me. Blogging as “The Animated Woman”, her playful style, wit and ability to illustrate tender moments have earned her two BlogHer VOTYs and three Canadian Weblog Awards. She’s written and illustrated two little books; The LAST Snowman and Motherhood

Krista Muir - Krista is a polymath. She has released 6 albums, scored for film/tv, toured globally as alter ego “Lederhosen Lucil”, produced and hosted integrated arts events, and led ukulele workshops. With a focus on music composition/production, video-making, and costume design, Muir connects via live performance, collaboration, and education.

These panels are part of our ongoing 10th Anniversary Celebrations, and were made possible by the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.