• Visual Arts
    Cheryl Braganza

    Born in India and having lived in Pakistan, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada, painter Cheryl Braganza brings her global experiences to the message of optimism that shines through her artwork. A mainly self-taught and prolific artist, Braganza uses brilliant color and textu...

  • 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
    Neil Smith

    A three-time finalist for the Journey Prize – Canada’s most coveted short story award – expectations were already high for Neil Smith when he published Bang Crunch. The off-kilter, punchy tales in his debut story collection were ably delivered, and r...

  • Theatre
    John C. Dinning

    John C. Dinning is a celebrated scenographer who has been designing theatre sets, props, and costumes for three decades. He has worked across Canada with many theatre companies, including the Shaw Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects, and the Grand Theatre. In Montreal, he has r...

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.