Does a sustainable artistic practise mean throwing down roots, building community, and staying put? Or does it mean striking out and finding opportunity in other places? How can artists working in English balance the importance of community with the linguistic realities of Montreal?

Join ELAN and Art Matters for a free panel discussion:

Thursday February 16th, 6-8pm
EV 6.720,  Concordia University
1515 Rue Sainte-Catherine O

To RSVP, click ‘going’ in the Facebook Event




As a community educator, Malek has turned Facebook into her own personal free school where everyday is a teach-in as Malek shares anti-oppression and mental health resources with her network of four-thousand-plus friends. Offline, Malek works within the community as one of many in grassroots movements that advocate for everything from migrant justice through the Solidarity Across Borders network to youth empowerment through the non-profit Head & Hands. Malek also offers workshops on a wide variety of social justice issues and serves as mentor to other women-of-color writers.


Emily Gualtieri is choreographer and dance artist who works in both Montreal and Toronto. An underlying interest in creation, choreography, and diverse movement practices led her to enrol in Concordia University’s Contemporary Dance Department. In 2010, Emily began a choreographic partnership with David Albert-Toth, creating the solo La chute that toured Quebec extensively. Emily and David would go on to found Parts+Labour_Danse in 2011.


Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau are multidisciplinary visual artists based in Montreal. Interests in collaboration and materiality inform their practice in installation, sculpture, photography, dance, print and video. They where founding members of the avant-rock band AIDS Wolf, and until recently, collaborated under the name Seripop. Yannick Desranleau holds an MFA in sculpture from Concordia University, while Chloë Lum is currently an MFA candidate at York University.


AMY MACDONALD (Moderator/Moderatrice)
Amy holds an M.A. in Communications Studies from McGill University, where she researched cultural policy, urban space, and festivals. As a vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and flautist, she plays with several bands in Montreal and contributes to volunteer initiatives promoting independent music.