Few contemporary authors have received international acclaim as quickly as Lebanese writer/photographer Rawi Hage. In rapid succession, he published two of the most widely discussed Canadian novels of the past decade: De Niro’s Game (2006) and Cockroach
The author of seven novels, David Homel published his first novel, Electrical Storms (1988). His latest novel, The Speaking Cure (2003), won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction. Born in Chicago and resident in Quebec since 198...
George Rideout writes plays that reflect his fascination with both cross-cultural relationships and great social change. A Québécois family plays host to a bewildered, Ontario-born English professor in The Anglophone is Coming to Dinn...
From 2004 to 2006, Emma Tibaldo was was dramaturg-in-residence for Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, a national script development house and Montreal cultural institution since 1968. She became PWM's Artistic and Executive Director in 2007. Tibaldo is also a founding membe...
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.