• Studio XX call for proposals for the 2017-2018 artist in residency program in research & creation for interdisciplinary works. Apply by JANUARY 15.
  • CALQ and CAM in collaboration with Culture Montréal are seeking project submissions from emerging arts organizations of all disciplines. Apply by JANUARY 16.
  • The multi-arts festival, Fashion Art Toronto is seeking Installation/Multi-media art submissions. Submit by JANUARY 20.
  • The Art History and Communications Studies Graduate Association at McGill is inviting applications for their upcoming exhibition: While No One Was Looking. Submit your work of any medium that focuses on bearing witness in the context of in the context of Montreal’s upcoming 375th anniversary. Works with a focus on histories of the land on which Montreal was colonised will be given preference. Submit by JANUARY 30.
  • Spark Box is seeking Canadian visual artists, printmakers, photographers, performance artists, and filmmakers of all levels for a national residency. Apply by FEBRUARY 1.
  • Nuit Rose, Toronto’s annual festival of queer-focused performance and art is  accepting submissions from artists, performers, writers, curators, cultural organizations and community businesses. Submit by FEBRUARY 10.
  • 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.

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Welcome to 2017, the 150th year of Canadian Confederation and the 375th anniversary of Montreal.

According to historian Gustave Lanctôt, the founding of Ville Marie by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance was unique in history, “the birth of a town dedicated to the Virgin Mary and whose only goal was the glory of God and the conversion of the natives.” For centuries Montreal was defined by religion (Mark Twain: “This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window), which also divided its citizens into disconnected solitudes, reinforced by language barriers.

Modern Quebec has become peaceful, prosperous and tolerant, and most of its citizens have adopted French as the shared public language. We have made considerable efforts to create an inclusive society but the gap between rhetoric and reality was jarringly demonstrated in the first promotional video for Montreal’s 375th celebrations. To their credit, Gilbert Rozon and his Montreal 375 team immediately recognized that the video was one-dimensional and replaced it with a more diverse representation.

It is an unfortunate fact that most of us in Quebec still live in parallel universes, sharing the public space as virtual strangers. This year of celebrations will bring new opportunities to break down old walls and build new bridges. My hope for 2017 is that we seize those opportunities. ELAN has several events planned for 2017 to move beyond inclusive rhetoric toward a lived reality.


Guy Rodgers

Executive Director