Artists mingle at the ELAN Schmoozer and QDF Calendar Launch

L’organisme Notre Dame des Arts et ELAN se joignent pour présenter une soirée de réseautage, et une présentation spéciale par une artiste de NDG.

Le jeudi 3 novembre 2016, 19h à 21h
Cafe Shaika (5526, rue Sherbrooke ouest)
Entrée libre et gratuite !

Joignez-vous à nous lors d’une soirée au café Shaika, où des artistes et amateurs d’art de tous horizons et disciplines pourront discuter et socialiser avec des artistes du quartier NDG. Des rafraîchissements seront servis, et des gens issus de divers milieux artistiques pourront ainsi se rencontrer et socialiser !

Le Marché minute permet aux membres d’ELAN de promouvoir leurs projets en cours, et offre au public la possibilité de gagner des prix de présence tels que livres, disques, billets de spectacle. Les dix premiers membres d’ELAN qui écriront à en décrivant leur projet et leur prix de présence se verront offrir une minute sous les projecteurs !

Artists mingle at the ELAN Schmoozer and QDF Calendar Launch

Thursday November 3rd, 7-9pm
Shäika Café
 (5526 Sherbrooke St. W)
FREE! and open to all

Join ELAN and Notre-Dame-des-Arts for an evening at Shäika Café where artists and arts lovers of all disciplines and backgrounds will have the opportunity to converse and connect with NDG’s vibrant creative community. The evening will feature a presentation and discussion with NDG based artist Paul Shore.

The Minute Market is a great opportunity for artists and organizations to promote their current projects – and for the audience to win books, tickets, music, and other prizes. The first ten ELAN or Notre-Dame-des-Arts members to contact with an explanation of the project and a related door prize receive one minute in the spotlight!

Notre-Dame-des-Arts (NDA) is a new charitable organization dedicated to supporting arts and culture in the Montreal neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG).  Founded by local volunteers, NDA’s goal is to help our community thrive through the arts by strengthening connections between artists and art collectives within the neighbourhood, providing a platform to help promote and raise funds for local events and art projects, and offering training opportunities for artists to develop their skills.


Quebec Drama Federation Calendar Launch

We had a fabulous evening at the Mainline Gallery on September 19. Artists from various disciplines met and connected, and the Quebec Drama Federation Fall Calendar Launch was performed for a full house!

Click here to view photos from the evening’s festivities, by Cindy Lopez.

Manon Gauthier Speaks at the ELAN AGM 2016

ELAN held its Annual General Meeting on August 30th. The MAI Café was packed, as ELAN revealed its new website and visual identity and we reviewed this year’s events and plans for the future.

Read the AGM Package

View Photos of the AGM + Schmoozer
by Julia Stringhetta

Guy Rodgers @ the 2016 AGM

Arts Alive! Québec 2016 Wrap Up & A Short History of Official Language Advocacy

ELAN’s series of Arts Alive! Québec pop-up mini-festivals concluded in Pointe Claire on September 24. Programming for Arts Alive! weekends ranged from hands-on workshops and kids’ activities to showcases and mainstage performances, and each location contributed its own distinct personality. Hudson and Knowlton involved many community arts organizations in multiple parks and venues around their picturesque towns. Huntingdon featured Grove Hall on the dappled banks of the Chateauguay River, and the Morrin Centre in Quebec City offered its venerable Old City courtyard. In Wakefield, Arts Alive partnered with the Ta Da! Festival at the Community Centre and its adjacent green spaces. John Rennie High School in Pointe Claire provided a fully-equipped stage and a welcoming foyer.

The guiding intent behind Arts Alive! Québec is to connect artists and communities by increasing the visibility of artistic activity. This summer more than 150 artists and artisans were on the bill. ELAN’s photo gallery offers an excellent overview of Arts Alive activities in all six participating communities.

Much of the work that ELAN does is less visible and the benefits are far less direct. Broadcasting is one of ELAN’s largest advocacy initiatives and effecting change can be painstakingly slow. When ELAN was created in 2004, no English-language TV series featuring Montreal had been produced since the early 1990s. As recently as 2010, Brendan Kelly in the Gazette lamented that Montreal was the forgotten city of English-Canadian television production. In 2016, no fewer than eight different English-language TV dramas are in production, as well as a second year of English-language arts and lifestyle programming on Videotron’s MAtv community channel. A short history of this dramatic transformation can be found here. It is a powerful testimonial to the power of persistent, collective action.

Guy Rodgers
Executive Director


  • Studio XX is accepting proposals for their 2017/2018 programming, on the theme of DISLOCATIONS. Deadline: OCTOBER 20.

Visual Arts

  • Applications open for CALQ‘s Artist Residency program in South America. Deadline: OCTOBER 14.



  • Vallum Mag is accepting poetry, essay, interview, review and audio/video poetry submissions. Submit by NOVEMBER 20.

Thursday, October 13th 10am-12pm
CBC Offices – 1400 Réné-Levesque Blvd E.
Free for a limited number of ELAN members

ELAN is pleased to bring back a very popular hands-on workshop presented by CBC Quebec’s Debbie Hynes, Manager of Communications, Marketing & Brand. This workshop filled up quickly in January and all participants rated it very highly.

Getting Media Attention is targeted at artists who struggle with the daunting task of writing their own press releases and pitching them to the media, or arts publicists who want to increase their skills. This workshop will provide practical, hands-on advice on pitching ideas, standing out from the flood of press releases vying for attention, and shaping your story so that it captures the imagination of producers and the audiences they serve.

This fact-filled workshop is FREE for ELAN members but places are VERY limited. To apply, send us a paragraph telling us how you could benefit from participating:

In This Issue:

  • Director’s Message

  • Arts Alive!

  • ELAN Schmoozer and QDF Calendar Launch & Vernissage

  • Grant-writing Workshop

  • Our New Website!

  • Calls for Submission

  • Job Opportunities

  • Workshops, Member News and more!