Child prodigies in music are an inspiration to us all, so Quebecers will be pleased to learn that among this rarefied group is their very own Chet Doxas. Classically trained on the piano and drums since the age of four, by the age of thirteen Doxas had played his first p...
Film and TelevisionKaren Cho
Through her films, Karen Cho recounts untold histories and explores themes of immigration and social justice. The award-winning documentary, In the Shadow of Gold Mountain, explored the legacy of Canada’s Chinese head tax. Her feature-length documentary, See...
Playwright and arts communitarian Anna Fuerstenberg has been active on the Montreal scene from a very young age, when she won a scholarship to the Montreal Theatre School. Having been born in post-war refugee camps outside Stuttgart, she took decisive advantage of the sc...
Courtney Wing is a perfect example of what happens when a rich mixture of musical heritages all live and perform within a few square kilometers of each other. An orchestral folk-pop bandleader who fronts a 15-piece orchestra replete with two violins, double bass, drum kit, syn...
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.