Back in June, more than 50 artists and educators gathered together to imagine projects that would incorporate art and education in new ways, ensuring that more schools and communities could access the benefits of arts and culture in the English language. This was the first phase of ELAN’s Arts, Community, Education (ACE) Initiative, funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Strategic Program.

In November, the ACE Initiative entered its second phase, choosing five partners with unique pilot projects. These projects are being implemented as we speak, including programs to connect seniors and students, to support Indigenous reconciliation and to create access to art in suburban, rural and remote areas (as far as the North shore!).

On January 25, ELAN made a presentation about the ACE Initiative at the annual LEARN conference, encouraging educators from around Quebec to explore the benefits of combining arts and education. We connected with new allies and advocates along the way.

We’ll be following the progress of each project, talking to the project coordinators and posting information and documents on our website and social media as each one takes shape.

If you’d like to be the first to receive ACE updates, send an email to with ACE in the subject line.

February is a month for hibernation or cocooning. Though things may appear quiet, ELAN is working hard behind the scenes on three projects that you will be hearing a lot more about this spring and summer.

Five partners were chosen last November for ELAN’s ACE (Arts, Communities and Education) Initiative. They are busy preparing projects for the current school semester. Take a look at the ACE update below for more information.

Thanks to Canada Council for the Arts’ Market Access funding, we have just begun preparing a third edition of the Visual Arts Market Access project that brings gallerists and curators from the United States to visit Quebec artists’ studios. A call for submissions will be circulated in March, and the studio visits will take place in late summer or early fall.

We are also in the very early stages of an 18-month Performing Arts Market Access project, also funded by Canada Council. This project will produce specially designed workshops in Montreal and the regions, as well as a series of showcases to create touring opportunities for performing artists working in music, theatre, and dance. A call for submissions will be circulated in April for showcases, which will take place between summer 2017 and summer 2018. The project is based on recommendations from ELAN’s Performing Arts Market Access report which was funded by Canada Council in 2015-16.

Keep an eye on ELAN’s Facebook and Twitter, and on future editions of ELANews, for updates. And to be very first in line for news and opportunities, become an ELAN memberAnchor.

ELAN is visiting Concordia radio station CJLO-1690AM to provide a free information session about our services, and to answer any questions you might have. All are welcome, so come say hello!


Wednesday February 1st (TODAY!), 1-3pm
CJLO – 1690AM
7141 Sherbrooke St. West #CC-430
To RSVP click ‘going’ in the Facebook Event

ELANews, our e-newsletter sent out on the 1st of each month, reaches a broad readership of artists and arts lovers. Its a great way to spread the word about:

  • Job & volunteer opportunities

  • Calls seeking artistic collaborators

  • Discounts for ELAN members

  • Calls for submissions

  • Members’ news and events

  • Workshops

  • Et cetera…!

ELAN members can submit an item by e-mailing with the following info:

  • Title, date, time and location of your submission item, if applicable
  • A maximum of two sentences about your submission
  • If possible, a link to a website or Facebook event where newsletter subscribers can see more information
  • Sorry, we can’t post photos in the newsletter!

As always, member submissions will be included in ELANews and promoted via Twitter and Facebook!

Non-members: We post calls for submission, job and volunteer opportunities and other news items that benefit our members and community. You can submit items for consideration following the same steps above. To spread the word about your own artistic work, become a member!

NOTE: Submissions must be received at least 1 week before the 1st of the month to guarantee inclusion in ELANews!


Visual Arts

  • Sign-up for painting workshops in Hudson with Kathleen Conover, AUGUST 28-31. E-mail Kathleen directly for more information.


  • YES Montreal’s Online Marketing for Musicians workshop shows participants how to use social media and web tools to strategically gain more fans and generate income on FEBRUARY 1.


  • Registration starts soon for Robyn Sarah’s workshop, “Drawing from Life: Memoir and Personal Essay”. The workshop will happen every Wendesday from 6-8pm between MARCH 8 – MAY 3, at the Quebec Writers’ Federation.


  • The Site Magazine, in conjunction with the 2017 celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, is inviting submissions to a juried competition that projects the theme of Future Legacy into Canada’s next 150 years. All disciplines welcome. Submit by FEBRUARY 17.

Visual Arts

  • Submit to the 2017 Burtynsky Grant, supporting Canadian artists in the creation of a photobook. Apply by MAY 15.
  • The Seasons of the Mountain photography exhibit is seeking submissions to help celebrate “The month of the Mountain” in the unique Mount Royal Funeral Complex. E-mail Andrew Sarrasin before MAY 15 to submit!


  • Apply for Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency by FEBRUARY 20. Guidelines available in EN and FR.




  • YES Montreal is hiring for multiple positions including Grant Writer, Youth Coordinator and Communications Assistant. Apply ASAP.
  • Articule is looking for a Fundraising Coordintaor. Apply by FEBRUARY 20.


  • Sinha Danse is hiring an Executive Director. Apply before FEBRUARY 11.


  • Repercussion Theatre is seeking a Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Applicants must be eligible for the Wage Subsidy Program. Apply by MARCH 13.

Internships (Unpaid)

Job opportunities, calls for submissions, events, workshops, advocacy news, and more.

The Canada Council for the Arts has been undergoing major changes. Council’s New Funding Model, which will begin rolling out in Spring 2017, is joined by a new online application system as well as significant website updates. Here are a few core changes related to Official Language Minority Communities (English-speaking Quebecers, that’s you).

  • Strategic Funds – Find information about the Official Languages Fund and Market Access Strategy for Official Language Minority Communities, along with application guides.
  • Commitments – Read Canada Council’s Strategic Plan commitments, along with information on those related to Official Languages.

While deadlines for the new Canada Council programs don’t start until April, why not take the time to register for the online application portal in the meantime? Registrations must be made at least 30 days before you apply for a grant.

Looking for grant writing help? Check out ELAN’S grant writing resources and notes from our CALQ information session!

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)

Funding for individuals:

Funding for arts organizations:

Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM)

SODEC (Info in FR only)

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council does not have upcoming deadlines until the spring, but now would be a good time to register for their new online application portal! All applicants, new and prior, must register at least 30 days before applying for a grant under the new system.