• Film and Television
    Albert Nerenberg

    Filmmaker Albert Nerenberg has pioneered some offbeat art forms. He has shot fictional characters in real-life situations, making “truvies,” and founded a company that produced dozens of fictional movie trailers. His comic documentaries include Stupidity, ...

  • Theatre
    Danette Mackay

    Actress Danette Mackay is the creator of Kiss My Cabaret, a notorious evening of alternative entertainment that ran at the Sala Rossa from 2001 to 2008. She introduced audiences to clowns, comics, contortionists, musicians, magicians, drag kings and queens, and along ...

  • Music
    Bowser and Blue

    The comedic song-and-banter duo of Bowser and Blue lovingly package a distinctly Anglo-Quebecois brand of humour for Montreal stages. Formed by George Bowser and Rick Blue in 1978, the pair uses the parameters of traditional stand-up comedy and injects elements of theatricalit...

  • Theatre
    Stéphanie Breton

    Montreal Gazette’s Bill Brownstein called Stéphanie Breton “one of the hardest working actors in this city” and her performance in the 2007 Centaur production Trying was nominated for a Masques Award. In the 2009 Fringe Festival hit comedy,

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.