• Visual Arts
    Naomi London

    Naomi London has given her audiences big plush letters that lean over each other and spell out the word “hope,” knitted sweaters that wrap around heads and trees or sport enormously long arms and adorned walls with polka dots. The Montreal visual a...

  • Theatre
    Liz Valdez

    Liz Valdez has directed new works by Montreal playwrights, poets, and her own collective creations, easily switching from a gritty George F. Walker comedy to a playful children’s production. Many Montreal English theatres, including the Centaur, Geordie and Tableau D&rsq...

  • 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 ...

  • Music
    Paul Cargnello

    Paul Cargnello is an award-winning roots musician who has been bringing reggae and Cajun-influenced guitar work to mainstream audiences. His single, “Une Rose Noire,” from his last commercial release, Brûler le Jour, attained top-20...

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.