The Conseil des arts de Montréal is currently preparing its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Four main orientations will guide our policies over the next few years. To establish these priorities, we assessed the previous plan, taking into account the changing realities within the artistic community.

We are asking you today to take a few moments to tell us what you think of these four orientations. This exercise is important to us—as it is to you—to ensure that our future actions have a significant and positive impact throughout the Montreal region.

You have until August 18 to participate.

Step 1:
Discover our proposed orientations and actions.

Step 2:
Give your opinion online on our main orientations.

ELAN is all grown up! After 13 years we have finally moved out of shared accommodations into our own self-contained office — with a view! But we haven’t gone far, just one floor up!

Come say hi and check out our new space at 708-460 Ste-Catherine West.

The AFC is conducting a national survey to understand more about entertainment industry workers and household finances. The AFC wants to get a whole picture of the workforce to help it plan its future and ensure that it’s a strong lifeline, providing emergency financial aid for years to come.

This survey is for anyone who works as a union or guild member in TV, film, and theatre, but The AFC remains committed to serving all professionals in Canadian TV, film, music, theatre and dance.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey before August 11.

Take the survey here!

ELAN is pleased to announce that we have received funding from le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for a four-year period. This marks the first time since its conception 13 years ago that ELAN has been eligible for CALQ’s multi-year support program. We look forward to putting this financing towards connecting and supporting English-speaking artists in Quebec.
This grant will give us the opportunity to expand our team! Stay tuned for upcoming ELAN job postings soon.


Take our legal services survey!

All artists require legal services, and an impressive amount of support is currently available, although not widely known. ELAN wants its members to be aware of existing legal services, what they cost, and under what conditions they are available.

ELAN has recently been in discussion with lawyers who are willing to offer reasonably priced, personalized legal services. To help us help the lawyers help you, please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. 

If you have questions, call Guy Rodgers, ELAN Executive Director, at 514.935.3312.  

August 8, 6-8pm
5080 St Ambroise St, Montreal
FREE and open to all!
RSVP: or click “Going” in the Facebook event

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 summer by connecting with old friends and meeting some fresh new faces!

We would love you to join us at our Schmoozer, so we’ve prepared a couple alternative transportation options to make the trip more accessible! A group bike convoy will meet at Lionel Groulx at 5:00pm, in collaboration with the bike group the Mobile Joy Unit. If biking’s not your style, a carpool van will be shuttling guests from Metro St-Henri starting at 5:30pm. RSVP for the group bike transportation or the carpool by emailing See the Facebook event page here for detailed public transit directions.

Last call for the Minute Market!

If you are an ELAN member who wants to promote your current project, contact to sign up for 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. Space is limited – sign up now!
Tuesday, August 29
Le Gésu, 1200 Bleury, Montreal H3B 3J3
Registration at 6pm, Meeting 6 :30-8:00pm, Schmoozer 8:00-9:30pm
FREE and open to all!

We’ve had a huge year and we can’t wait to share the results of our work on behalf of Quebec’s English-language artists. Come out to celebrate our community and hear what’s in store for next year. Snacks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available. To RSVP, please email

This year we have some important motions to pass that will directly influence our membership structure. Professional, Student, and Organizational ELAN members in good standing as of August 9 can vote during the business portion of the AGM. Renew your membership before August 9 to ensure that you can vote! Friend members and observers can’t vote, but are welcome to attend.

View the 2017 AGM MotionsFee Restructure Proposal, Audited Statements and 2016 AGM Minutes.

We are halfway through summer and at the mid-point of Arts Alive! Québec 2017.  Festivities at Knowlton and Quebec City were not dampened by the ubiquitous rain of June, and the sun shone on Hudson for their lively July weekend. If you missed the first three festivals, check out some photos here. Coming up next is Huntingdon on August 19, followed by Wakefield and Pointe-Claire in September. Plan a day trip! All programming and activity details are listed on the Arts Alive! website.

For ELAN members and friends in Montreal we have the August 8 Schmoozer at the St-Ambroise Terrasse, where some of ELAN’s first Schmoozers were held back when we had our office at the Lachine Canal Complexe. We’ve organized a bike convoy from Lionel-Groulx metro and a shuttle car service from St-Henri metro. See below to RSVP.

The most important ELAN event of the year is our Annual General Meeting. This year’s edition will take place on Tuesday, August 29 at Le Gesù (1200 Bleury, Montreal). Board members for 2017-18 will be confirmed, project managers will bring you up to speed on ELAN’s accomplishments, and staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Plus, we have some very important motions (link to documents on ELAN site) that need your voice—and your vote! After the business meeting, we will have a party to celebrate the best year in ELAN’s history. I hope to see you there.

Guy Rodgers
Executive Director


  • Sign-up for YES Montreal’s free arts orientation session, Jump Start Your Job Search taking place on every Tuesday and Friday 2-4pm.
  • CUTV is offering free media productions workshops: Script Writing/Story Board (AUGUST 2), Lighting (AUGUST 8) Premiere (AUGUST 9), and After Effects (AUGUST 18).

Visual Arts

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


  • Infinitheatre is holding a Shakespeare mask workshop for actors in Montréal on October 21 & 22.




  • Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and the Cole Foundation are seeking applications for 2017 Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators.If you are a translator looking to translate a play into French or English, submit your proposal by August 16.


  • 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.


  • Submit your non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, criticism, children’s and YA to Montreal Review of Books’ 54th edition. Books are galleys must be in the mRb office (1200 Atwater Suite 3, Westmount) by August 16. For more information, contact Melanie at