• Theatre
    Rahul Varma

    Teesri Duniya Theatre has a motto: “Change the world, one play at a time.” Playwright and activist, Rahul Varma, its current artistic director, co-founded the theatre in 1981. Originally intended as a place where South Asian Canadians could express themselves theat...

  • Music
    James Di Salvio

    Montrealer James Di Salvio, leader of the eight-member musical group Bran Van 3000 had an international hit with their 1997 single, Drinkin’ in L.A., which received worldwide airplay and reached number three on the U.K. charts. Driven by hip-hop and electro-funk and its ...

  • Writing
    Erin Moure

    Erín Moure is the author of 13 collections of poetry and has won the Governor General’s and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, the Quebec Writers’ Federation Klein Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. She is one of Canada’s...

  • Writing
    Ian Ferrier

    Blending elements of poetry, song, and spoken word, Ian Ferrier’s one-of-a-kind performance art delivers a medley of literariness and popular culture. Musically rooted in blues-driven inquiries into love, sex, and death, and poetically rooted in the cosmology of the Beat...

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.

Culturealacarte.ca is an online map that helps you find shows, venues and artists in your neighbourhood and across the province.

*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.