• Dance
    Dena Davida

    Dena Davida is one of the key figures that have made Montreal a premiere centre for contemporary dance. Since arriving in Montreal in 1977, she has worked as artistic director, teacher, and scholar. In 1982, she co-founded the Festival international de nouvelle danse with Chan...

  • Writing
    Stephanie Bolster

    Among the most coveted mentors of Concordia’s writing program, Stephanie Bolster’s keen imagistic sensibilities and ear for linguistic rhythm have been imprinted on a decade’s worth of poetry coming out of Montreal.  In 1998 Bolster published White S...

  • Visual Arts
    Naomi London

    Naomi London has given her audiences big plush letters that lean over each other and spell out the word “hope,” knitted sweaters that wrap around heads and trees or sport enormously long arms and adorned walls with polka dots. The Montreal visual a...

  • Writing
    Dimitri Nasrallah

    Montrealer Dimitri Nasrallah is a novelist, short story writer, and music critic. His novel, Blackbodying, about two Lebanese citizens and their differing routes to Canada, was co-winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation McAuslan First Book Award and a finalist ...

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.