• Music
    Trevor W. Payne, C. M.

    Trevor W. Payne, C. M., has directed the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir from its humble beginnings as a church youth choir to its current situation, performing for dignitaries around the world. The choir has sung for Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth I...

  • Theatre
    Vittorio Rossi

    Vittorio Rossi dramatizes the lives of Montreal characters, often Italian-Canadians, who live in his native borough of Ville Émard, and transports them to theatre stages from Stratford to New York City. His stories of recognizable people in both comic and tragic situati...

  • Music
    CKUT 90.3FM

    A vibrant home for Montreal’s myriad arts, activist, and ethnic communities, during its 51 years on the air, CKUT 90.3 FM has injected a refreshing breath of multiculturalism into the city’s airwaves. Formed in 1960 as a student club, the station then known as Radi...

  • Theatre
    Michel Perron

    Michel Perron is a versatile performer who takes on comic and dramatic roles in both English and French. In the more than 20 years he has been acting, he’s performed in over 40 stage productions, 55 films, 10 television series, 50 commercials, and given life to several c...

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.