Summer 2017 will be filled with celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation and the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal.

ELAN received confirmation in late April for our Canada 150 project: a special 2017 edition of Arts Alive! Québec. Community arts festivals will take place in Knowlton in the Eastern Townships, Huntingdon in the Chateauguay Valley, Wakefield in West Quebec, the Morrin Centre in Quebec City, Hudson in the Montérégie and in Montreal’s West Island. We’re excited to work for the third time with our wonderful regional partners to showcase performing and visual artists as well as writers and filmmakers.

What does this mean for ELAN members? Arts Alive! Québec will provide work for dozens of artists, including specific opportunities for ELAN members. Follow ELAN on Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll share the details as soon as we have them.

Arts Alive! Québec 2017 perfectly complements ELAN’s current Canada Council Market Access projects. These projects will connect performing and visual artists with presenters, producers, and curators from the ROC, the USA, and beyond.

Visual artists can apply now to have their work reviewed by New York and Toronto curators in October. And starting this month, ELAN’s SAVVY Sessions for Performing Artists will offer hands-on skill development in promoting and touring works in dance, theatre, and music.

We’re actively exploring ways to adapt the Performing Arts Market Access project to artists’ needs. If you haven’t already, fill out this quick survey to tell us how we can help you push your work to the next level.

Guy Rodgers

Executive Director

Tuesday, May 30th 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 Montreal’s Debbie Hynes, Manager of Communications, Marketing & Brand.

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:

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.

Take a look at the Council’s website to get a sense of the new programs and processes. And register as an applicant in the online portal to get a head start – applications will open very soon!

Multidisciplinary Métis artist and community arts educator Moe Clark visited St. Lawrence Elementary school in Candiac on April 6 to work with grade 3 students. Together, they created soundscapes for their ACE project in conjunction with Cedar Street in Beloeil and Kateri School in Kahnawakhe.

The students had previously worked with artist and teacher Diane Gendron to create small canoes with canvas and paint, while students at Kateri School created canoes with traditional beading techniques.

Moe’s work with the students continued the theme of waterways, and linking the communities through the rivers that flow between them. Her very dynamic two-hour workshop led students to explore how to make sounds, vibrations and music using their own bodies and voices.
For more information about the ACE Initiative, click here

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:

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 for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada is postponing the launch of its new online application portal until JUNE 5.

Consult their website to check the updated grant deadlines and a FAQ to some commonly asked questions and their answers.



  • ArtWill Studio is looking for a Creative Assistant to help with administration, outreach and social media. The contract is for a student and will be 30 hours per week for a 10 week contract. For more information contact Dierdre Potash at
  • Mikw Chiyâm is seeking an Educational Coordinator for their interdisciplinary enrichment program that aims to increase student retention by reinforcing personal identity through artistic expression. For more information contact David Hodges, Executive Director at



  • 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
  • Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School is looking for a student Marketing Coordinator for a summer contract. The ideal candidate will be creative, bilingual and interested in the visual arts. For more information please contaact Catherine Wells at


  • Mikw Chiyâm is seeking applicants for the 2017/18 In-School Creative Residency for Professional Artists. Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply for the enrichment program that aims to increase student retention by reinforcing First Nation identity through artistic expression. Find the form to apply here.
  • SMA-ART (San Miguel de Allende Art Retreats) is seeking 10 applicants to partake in ther 6-day water-based media course in San Miguel de Allende, mExico from June 25-July 1. Registration ends MAY 26. For more information visit

Visual Arts

  • Tangled Art + Disability is currently accepting multi-disciplinary applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists. Submit by MAY 5.


  • 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 


  • 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.
  • Vallum Magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Award for Poetry. Submit up to 3 poems by July 15 by filling out this form. For more information about submission criteria, consult this link.




  • YES Montreal presents Integrating Transformative Culture to Build and Grow Your Business on MAY 2.
  • YES Montreal presents Business Basics for Startups Seminar Series. This three session series includes Ideation & Validation (MAY 30), Business Structure & Legal Implications (JUNE 6) and Building Awareness & Sales (JUNE 13).
  • CUTV is offering free media productions workshops: Script Writing/Story Board (MAY 3, JUNE 7, JULY 5, AUGUST 2), Lighting (MAY 9, JUNE 13, JULY 11, AUGUST 8) Premiere (MAY 10, JUNE 14, JULY 12, AUGUST 9), and After Effects (MAY 19, JUNE 16, JULY 21, AUGUST 18).


  • Attend Improv and sketch comedy with Terence Bowman for 6 classes plus a final showcase at The Comedy Nest. The workshop runs from MAY 4-JUNE 8 at Centre Greene (1090 Greene Ave).
  • Attend Tom Tordoroff Studios’ Two-Day Acting Intensive from MAY 27-28 at La Comédie de Montréal (1113 Boul. de Maisonneuve) for personalized coaching on scene, monologue, audition technique for film, TV and Theatre. RSVP here.

Visual Arts

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