Visual ArtsWalter Scott
Blending pop art and surreal comic elements into the world of silk-screening, recent Concordia Fine Arts graduate Walter Scott has come out of the gates abuzz with productivity. His visual work, which often employs an indie/punk aesthetic similar to that of fellow Montreale...
David Solway ranks among the most highly regarded contemporary contributors to Montreal’s heritage as a city of poetry. Born in 1941, his poems first saw publication in 1962, and he has since published twelve poetry collections, many of which find inspiration in th...
It’s not every twelve-year-old that gets to debut her musical career in front of six-figure audiences, but that’s exactly what vocalist Nikki Yanofsky did at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival. She was the youngest person ever to take the famed Mon...
Relatively few Canadian writers ever win the significant international awards, but Montreal’s Jeffrey Moore managed just that back in 2000 with his first novel, Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain. A searing satire of academia first published by a Saskatchewan sm...
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.