• Visual Arts
    Nadia Myre

    Nadia Myre brings her Algonquin ancestry to her multidisciplinary art. From 2000–02, a group she led beaded over The Indian Act, a 55-page document. In 2005, she started The Scar Project, an ongoing “open lab,” where viewers sew their scars ...

  • Dance
    Deborah Dunn

    Drawn into the world of dance through the Trojan horse of theatre, Vancouverite Deborah Dunn first arrived in Montreal in the mid-eighties to pursue a truncated degree at Concordia, only to leave again a year later. But when she returned to the city in her early thirties, it w...

  • 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,...

  • Visual Arts
    Catherine 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...

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.