When we are speaking of Quebec culture, does that include Anglos?

Awkward silence engulfed the room. What year was it? The incendiary 80s? Or the mid-90s leading up to the bruising second referendum? Actually, it was last week at a diversity conference.

I’m not sure why the man sitting next to me felt inspired to kick off the workshop by lobbing this question at the twenty unsuspecting people seated around the table. Those in the room old enough to remember Expo 67 reacted as if such a provocative question required advance notice and professional mediation, while those too young to have voted in the 1995 referendum were surprised that the question needed to be asked at all, and that it still had the power to shock. It was an important reminder of how much Quebec has changed in recent decades. The rest of the diversity conference focused on inclusion, open dialogue, and youth empowerment.

The incident evoked bitter-sweet feelings about one of ELAN’s first projects: RAEV (Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles!). The RAEV project was important for ELAN’s members in the early days when we constantly had to explain that languages are not mutually exclusive (or inherently hostile) because it is quite possible to use French as the public language and English as a creative language, and do both while being proud Quebeckers. Or that something is wrong when visible minorities, whose families have helped build Quebec for generations or even centuries, are frequently presumed to be recent arrivals.

These conversations are ongoing, but in 2017 they take place in new ways and new forms. So we are archiving the RAEV website. I invite you to take a few minutes to revisit the videos, essays, and profiles from 2011 and reflect on how things continue to evolve in 2017.


Guy Rodgers

Executive Director


  • Concordia’s VAV Gallery is hiring a Web Programmer. Applicants do not need to be students. To apply send your CV and cover letter to vavgallery@concordia.ca by JUNE 20. For more information, click here.
  • 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 dierdre@artwill.ca.



  • CUTV is offering free media productions workshops: Script Writing/Story Board (JUNE 7, JULY 5, AUGUST 2), Lighting (JUNE 13, JULY 11, AUGUST 8) Premiere (JUNE 14, JULY 12, AUGUST 9), and After Effects (JUNE 16, JULY 21, AUGUST 18).

Visual Arts

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

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

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.


  • The Montreal Art Center is seeking performing artists for their new monthly program called ‘1st Friday’s Live’. For more information on the criteria, see the submission call here.

Visual Arts

  • The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) is currently accepting applications for its 2017 award program. Applicants are encouraged to play with moving image formats such as video, animation, and GIF art. Apply by JULY 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 plays@infinitheatre.com. 


  • Vallum Magazine is accepting submissions for their next issue on the theme of ‘Lies and Duplicity’. Apply by JUNE 15. For more information, click here.
  • 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.


ELAN has received support from the Canada 150 Fund to co-produce a third summer of Arts Alive! Québec festivals with partners in Knowlton, Wakefield, Hudson, Huntingdon, Quebec City (the Morrin Centre), and Montreal’s West Island.

During the past two editions, hundreds of artists performed or presented their work, or gave workshops. This year we intend to strengthen participation from ELAN members who wish to be considered for programming.

Our regional partners are mostly looking for performing artists, but they have previously presented visual arts events, readings by authors, and film screenings. They are also looking for workshop leaders to share artistic skills and love of the arts with children, teens, and adults of all ages.

We want to keep this process simple for you. To apply, email guyrodgers@quebec-elan.org:

  • a paragraph indicating how you would like to participate:
    • perform or display your work – write AAQ Showcase in the subject line
    • present, or conduct a workshop – write AAQ Workshop in the subject line
  • an artist’s resume or send a link to your website

We are hustling to put all the pieces together. If you wish to be considered for AAQ 2017, you will need to indicate your interest by June 8. There are limits to how many people can be included but we will program as many as possible.

Funded by the Government of Canada. / Financé par le gouvemement du Canada.