Visual ArtsCatherine Widgery
Few people outside the fine arts are familiar with the name and admirable reputation of public and environmental artist Catherine Widgery, but it’s safe to say that many a Quebecer has been transfixed by her powerful, larger-than-life sculptures and designs. From Win...
WritingCarolyn Marie Souaid
As a three-time nominee of the Quebec Writers’ Federation A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, Carolyn Marie Souaid’s reputation among Montreal’s current generation of poets is both secure and considerate. The current editor of one of the country’s top po...
Film and TelevisionColin Low
Colin Low’s innovations in documentary filmmaking have made a lasting impact on the genre and his films have garnered over 100 awards. Born in 1926 in Alberta, he moved to Montreal in 1945 to join the National Film Board, where he direct...
These days she’s considered one of Montreal’s most successful jazz-and-blues vocalists, but back in the nineties, Susie Arioli was singing in the backrooms of the city’s many jazz clubs, trying to catch a break. That break came when Arioli met guitar player J...
The vision behind ELAN’s Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles ! project was simple: Artists need to be part of a community, and communities need artists. Quebec is not simple. It is a complex mix of linguistic, geographic and cultural communities. Most of Quebec’s “English-speaking” artists are bilingual, trilingual or multilingual. Many were born in Quebec where their families have lived for generations, while others immigrated here as children or were drawn as adults for a wide variety of reasons. RAEV reveals a surprising diversity of stories.
Peers and fans proposed more than 1,700 artists for ELAN's RAEV project. The 154 artists selected for this “group portrait” represent multiple artistic disciplines, regions and career stages: from internationally renowned icons to emerging artists creating a buzz in the local scene. These short bios are a snapshot of a much larger artistic community.*
The videoclips show 24 artists at work and ask questions about what it means to be part of a minority community that is also connected to an international linguistic majority. Being a minority/majority within a majority/minority creates unpredictable identities.
These essays place the current artistic renaissance in a historical context, outlining major characters, events and previously undocumented stories. The interactive format invites readers to enrich the content by adding their own anecdotes and personal memories.
*Note: The RAEV project features living artists but in the future we will be adding a section to honour the memory of artists from past generations.