• Visual Arts
    Melvin Charney

    Montrealer Melvin Charney’s relationship with art and architecture can be traced back to confrontations over urban development, with Montréal plus ou moins, a 1972 exhibition that looked at quality of life after the massive changes of that era, and Co...

  • Music
    Sala Rossa

    In the decade since they first opened, the Sala Rossa (4848 St. Laurent) and Casa del Popolo (4873 St. Laurent) have become the preferred venues for practically every independent artist looking to make an impression on the Montreal arts community. Opened by lo...

  • Writing
    Rawi Hage

    Few contemporary authors have received international acclaim as quickly as Lebanese writer/photographer Rawi Hage. In rapid succession, he published two of the most widely discussed Canadian novels of the past decade: De Niro’s Game (2006) and Cockroach

  • Dance
    Roger Sinha

    If dancers interpret the circumstances of their lives into movement, then Roger Sinha brings a range of cultures with him to the stage every time he performs. Born in London to an Armenian mother and Indian father, Sinha arrived in Saskatchewan at the age of eight. From there,...

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.