Tuesday November 14, 5-7 PM
Studio Irisium (165 rue Wellington nord, Sherbrooke)
First drink on the house!
and registration for Marché Éclair: click to fill out this form or Guillaume Houle, Conseil de la culture de l’Estrie (guillaume.houle@cultureestrie.org or 819-563-2744) or Kristelle Holliday (819-342-3861)
Facebook event : click here

English- and French-speaking artists, and representatives of the Conseil de la Culture de l’Estrie, Townshippers’ Association, and ELAN (English Language  Arts Network), have come together to bring you Made in Estrie! Hosted by Ziv Pryztek of Shazamfest, Made in Estrie will be the first event to help bridge the gap between the Townships’ two artistic solitudes.

Prior to the event, 10 French-speaking artists/organizations and 10 artists/organizations that work mainly in English can register for the Marché Éclair.

At the beginning of the event, participants will be paired together (an English-speaker and a French-speaker) to discuss their new project, album, book, or other work of art. Later, each person will present the project/work of the artist they were paired with. Each participant will be given 1 minute to speak (2 minutes per pair). Townshippers’ Association will provide a $20 gas gift card for each artist participating in the Marché Éclair, and living within the Eastern Townships 40+ km from Sherbrooke.

To register for the Marché, fill out this form or contact Guillaume Houle or Kristelle Holliday at the coordinates above by Friday, November 10.

Culture is an unpredictable, volatile business. Just ask any of the three Quebec Ministers of Culture and Communications who have held the portfolio in the past 18 months.

Hélène David launched Quebec’s Cultural Policy review, then moved to Higher Education in the 2016 cabinet reshuffle. ELAN would like to thank David’s successor Luc Fortin for making a valiant effort to walk the tightrope of promoting French-language culture while recognizing that English-speaking artists have also made important contributions. Now the Cultural Policy dossier has been entrusted to a new face, Marie Montpetit. We wish her well and expect she will respect the commitments made by her predecessor.

Meanwhile, the optimism surrounding CALQ’s 2016-19 Cultural Diversity Action Plan (FR only) turned to confusion, disappointment, and anger for many culturally diverse artists and organizations when this summer’s funding results were announced (see this article in Le Devoir). During the question period at CALQ’s annual information session for arts service organizations, I asked CEO Anne-Marie Jean if she was aware of the negative response. She replied that a Cultural Diversity Action Plan does not mean that every culturally diverse organization will be funded. Fair enough. But that doesn’t explain why award-winning culturally diverse artists and organizations were cut or not funded.

Additionally, the Quebec Drama Federation, a venerable service organization, has been granted one final year of reduced funding before being cut completely. How could such a drastic decision be made without asking the English theatre community if it collectively benefits from the work QDF does?

CALQ has agreed to meet with QDF and PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) to discuss hard questions about what it means to value cultural diversity. We hope these meetings will restore confidence in how CALQ’s decisions are made.


Guy Rodgers
Executive Director


  • Festival Accès Asie and OBORO are inviting new media artists from the Asian community to apply for Interval, a short-term artist residency to develop their artwork. Apply by NOVEMBER 20.
  • Visual artist Robert Snikkar is looking for artists who are interested in collaborating on a multidisciplinary exhibition and performance project examining white privilege. For more information, E-mail snikkar.paintings@gmail.com



  • Submit your poetry to Vallum Issue 15.1 Memory and Loss by November 15. How does “Memory and Loss” figure in your lives and in your poems?



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 launched its new online application portal on JUNE 5.

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples components

Supporting Artistic Practice components

Arts Across Canada components

Arts Abroad components


  • How can you protect the artworks that you create to prevent infringement in a digital era? Find out at YES Montreal’s Copyright Essentials workshop on NOVEMBER 15.
  • YES Montreal provides free Group Coaching for Artists throughout the year on different themes. This session’s theme is Networking, hosted on NOVEMBER 30. 


Visual Art

  • Life model sessions at Métèque Atelier d’art take place every Monday in November. Drawing materials are included as well as artist coaching facilitated by ELAN member Venus Lukic.

The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) has selected Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) to hold a local consultation on systemic discrimination and racism in the cultural and media sector. DAM will hold this consultation with Culture Montréal, the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), and Espace Nodal.

The consultation will be held in both official languages and will take the form of two types of activities between November 3 and 8. This will encourage all cultural and media stakeholders to voice their opinions. The activities will include public hearings (Nov. 8) and closed discussion groups (Nov. 3-7) to provide a safe space for testimonies. It will also be possible to post anonymous testimonies on the CDPDJ website.

Racialized English-speaking artists, cultural workers, media professionals, students, cultural development stakeholders, and citizens are welcome and encouraged to contribute their stories. Please consult the call for participation for more information. The deadline to register is October 29.


For more information:

Call for participation – click here
Discussion group registration – click here
Public hearings registration – click here


Other ways to participate:


Read DAM’s press release here.