Monday April 24, 6-8pm
Hurley’s Irish Pub (second floor)
1225 Crescent Street, Montreal
Free and open to all!

ELAN’s Schmoozers are bi-monthly get-togethers that offer a great chance to make new connections with artists, arts lovers, and cultural workers from all disciplines and backgrounds. Come grab a pint and celebrate the arrival of spring by meeting some fresh new faces!

What’s the Minute Market?

A great opportunity to promote your current projects! The first ten ELAN members to contact will be given a one-minute spot to enchant a captive audience with info about your upcoming show, event, achievement, or other artistic offering. You will also be asked to provide a book, recording, pair of tickets, or other art-related object to be offered as a door prize.

Photo: Julia Stringhetta

The third edition of ELAN‘s Visiting Curator Series will take place on October 22 – 23, 2017. English-language artists in the Montreal and West Quebec regions are invited to apply to be included in the tour.

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, ELAN’s Visiting Curator Series is designed to create links between Quebec artists and cultural centres outside Quebec, with the goal of increasing career opportunities and market awareness. In 2015 and 2016, professional curators and gallery owners from New York and Boston spent three days visiting art studios, speaking at a public panel discussion, and sharing their knowledge of global art markets with local artists.

For the third edition of the project, three curators from NYC and one from Toronto will view Montreal and West Quebec artist’s work.  Approximately 10 artists in total will be selected.  The confirmed curators for 2017 are:

  • Alex Fialho (Programs Director at Visual AIDS, Research and Curatorial Associate Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and frequent contributor to Artforum),
  • Emelie Chhangur (Assistant Director/Curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) and independent curator/writer)
  • Larry Ossei-Mensah (NYC independent curator and cultural critic, Co-Founder of ARTNOIR).

The curators will present on strategies for artists to get their work seen and exhibited, observations of the art markets they participate in, and their own curatorial practices at a networking event on Sunday October 22 (location TBA).

The selection of artists will again be juried by a panel of professional art jurors. The jury will consider the quality of the artist’s work, and aim for a broad spectrum of representation and cultural diversity in their selection. Artists are invited to submit their names for consideration and must be available on Monday October 21st or Tuesday October 22nd for a studio visit (should you not have a studio and/or prefer to have a discussion about your work outside this environment it can be arranged.)   Travel and accommodation subsidies will be provided to artists chosen from the Western Quebec region to attend the talk and networking event and to meet with the curators to look at their work.

If you are working in any medium of the visual arts, would like a studio visit, and consider your work ready for export and exhibition, please submit your application with support material according to the guidelines here.

Deadline Extended: Monday, June 12, 2017

The City of Montreal has launched its Cultural Development Project 2017-2022, titled Savoir conjuguer la créativité et l’expérience culturelle citoyenne à l’ère du numérique (Knowing how to combine creativity and citizens’ cultural experience in the digital age).

On March 7th ELAN held a community consultation to discuss the proposed policy, the issues at stake, and the next five years of Montreal’s cultural development. Thank you to all attendees for their participation and ideas at this event. Many of your suggestions have been incorporated into the official brief. Click here to read ELAN’s brief in full!

On April 6th ELAN will present our brief to the Commission sur la culture, le patrimoine et les sports de la Ville de Montreal at City Hall around 2:30pm. Community members are welcome to attend.

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Community Call out!
Are you an artist in the performing arts interested in touring?

ELAN will be developing information sessions, workshops, and showcases in the coming year to encourage and support artists in the performing arts who want to tour.

We want to adapt the project to the needs of performing artists as much as possible. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey to help us understand your needs as a performing artist. Although we cannot guarantee participation in any particular project activities, we will take your comments into consideration and follow up on any questions you may have.

Please get in touch with Emilia Alvarez, Showcases Project Manager, at to share questions or feedback. Thank you for your time!
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

** IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Canada Council for the Arts has postponed the launch of its new online application portal until June 5. For more information, including updated grant deadlines, click here.**

The Canada Council for the Arts is on the brink of implementing its New Funding Model, and wants to make sure Quebec’s English-speaking artists have the information they need to make the leap.

ELAN’s Board of Directors met with Simon Brault, CEO of Canada Council, on March 24. Mr. Brault, plus Council staff Sarah Dingle and Claude Schryer, were generous with their time, answering questions from ELAN members and clarifying elements of the new model.

Answers to ELAN member questions submitted in advance are available in this summary. Supplementary notes from the meeting and answers to questions from board members are now available here.

Thanks to Canada Council’s OLMC Market Access Fund, ELAN has two splendid new projects in development: the third edition of our US curator visits for visual artists, and a brand new project for performing artists.

Stephen Lawson is managing the 2017 Visiting Curator Series project (also known as Visual Arts Market Access, or VAMA). He has some fresh ideas about how ELAN can help Quebec artists access opportunities in the US. We invite you to respond to the call for submissions here. If you’re curious about past editions of this project, see photos and a summary of last year’s Q+A with American gallerists and curators.

The brand-new Performing Arts Market Access project is based on a strategy that ELAN developed with funding from Canada Council. June Park is coordinating skill-building workshops on grant writing, contract negotiating, tour booking, marketing and publicity for artists working in music, theatre and dance. If you are a performing artist and have ideas about skills that would increase your access to new markets, contact June at We are also committed to delivering workshops to artists working in regions outside Montreal. To ensure that your region is included, send June an email.

Along with the workshops, Emilia Alvarez and Mariam Assaf are developing showcase and networking opportunities for performing artists. If you work in music, theatre, dance, or any other performing art, fill out the survey here to help them understand your needs.

Looking forward to creative encounters with many ELAN members during the coming months.


Guy Rodgers

Executive Director



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)

Concordia University Television Station (CUTV)

SODEC (Info in FR only)

SODEC provides funding primarly to organizations. Please check your discipline for specific deadlines.

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.


  • The Saint-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival is hiring for the following temporary contract positions: Volunteer Coordinator, Venue Technicians, Outdoor Site Technicians, Outside Site Manager, Production Manager, Technical Director, Outdoor Site Manager, and Assistant Technical Director. Apply by APRIL 3.


  • Theatre Wakefield is looking for one or two enthusiastic Summer Students with a strong theatre background to assist with their Summer Theatre Camp in July and August 2017. Submit your application with details on your background ASAP to

Visual Arts

  • CUTV is looking for an experienced Photoshop Instructor to teach small groups for a flexible contract position. Please send your CV and cover letter to by APRIL 5th.


Visual Arts

  • Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 Global Art League International Competition. Take advantage of the early bird prices here.
  • Tangled Art + Disability is currently accepting multi-disciplinary applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists. Submit by MAY 5.


  • fliQs: Queer Film Nights is seeking short film and video submissions for their bi-monthly screenings. The theme of this evening is DESIRE. Submit by APRIL 10.


  • Infinithéâtre calls for submissions to its second cohort of The Playwrights’ Unit. Submit an early draft of your new, unproduced play by JUNE 16. For more details contact 
  • Theatre Wakefield is seeking submissions of original play scripts for their New Works project. Submit your script by APRIL 8 for a chance for your play to be workshopped and then read at the Ta Da! Festival this September.


  • Montreal Review of Books is now accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, criticism, children’s and young adult literary works to be reviewed in mRb’s Summer 2017 Issue. Please submit books or galleys to the mRb office no later than APRIL 19. For more information contact
  • Cosmonauts Avenue is seeking submissions for the Non Fiction Competition to be judged by Roxane Gay. Submit by MAY 1
  • The Quebec Writers’s Federation are welcoming short stories, poetry and works of non-fiction for a chance to be awarded the 2017 QWF Literary Prize for Young Writers. Writers between the age of 16 and 24 years old are invited to submit their work before JUNE 15.



  • On APRIL 13 Eastern Bloc offers a bilingual workshop hosted by Émelie Mouchous called Solar Listening. Participants create their own small environmental sound instrument and use it during a group walk around the streets of Montreal.

Visual Arts

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