WritingClaire Holden Rothman
The year 2009 was a breakthrough one for Montreal writer Claire Holden Rothman. The Heart Specialist, her ambitious historical novel, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, named one of Quill & Quire’s 15 most important books of 2009, and readers ke...
Evergon is an international award-winning photographer of, for the most part, queer subject matter. Ramboys: a Bookless Novel is about an imaginary race of half-satyr and half-urban hustlers and Manscapes is an exploration of gay cruising grounds. These repre...
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...
Anarchist, activist, and unconventional artist, Norman Nawrocki embodies the bohemianism, punk audacity, and individualistic verve of Montreal’s creative independence. Born in Vancouver, he arrived to Quebec in 1981, where he at first dabbled in the cabaret arts.&n...
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.