Jo Leslie has been a powerhouse in theatre and dance, having contributed to over 120 productions across the country. In theatre, she has worked out of Canada’s premiere houses, such as Stratford, Shaw, and the National Arts Centre. Her collaborations with director Michel...
Film and TelevisionAlanis Obomsawin
Alanis Obomsawin has made over 30 documentaries on issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada. She directed Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, the 1993 feature-length film that won 18 international awards. It was the first of a series of four films about the 1990...
MusicPlants and Animals
By the time Parc Avenue was named finalist for the 2008 Polaris Prize, as well as a 2009 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year, practically everyone paying attention to Montreal’s anglo-rock renaissance knew that Plants and Animals were b...
A bold and expressive newcomer to the world of contemporary dance, Dana Michel brings a high standard of athleticism to her creative movement. Prior to shifting her life into dance at the age of twenty-five, she was a track-and-field competitor. A graduate of the Concordia dan...
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.