Julien Valmary of Le Conseil des arts de Montrèal and Guy Rodgers
Photo by Amy Macdonald

Advocacy is important to ELAN’s members. Our work in broadcasting has been easy to share because its impact has been substantial, and the benefit for filmmakers is direct. Today I want to give a brief report on advocacy work that has a less dramatic impact, but provides benefits for members working in all disciplines.

Quebec’s new Cultural Policy is scheduled to be released in April. During the past two years, ELAN has worked with three Ministers of Culture and their staff to ensure that English-speaking artists are recognized and supported. We are counting on new Minister of Culture, Marie Montpetit, to honour assurances made during public hearings by the previous Minister, Luc Fortin.

Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) is developing a new Strategic Plan. CEO Anne-Marie Jean invited me to meet with her to discuss needs and expectations of English-speaking artists. Thanks to detailed responses to ELAN’s member questionnaire, I had plenty of information to share. It is clear that many English-speaking artists have serious questions about CALQ and their relationship to it. Some of the solutions Jean and I discussed include regular CALQ information sessions for English-speaking artists, and an FAQ page to dispel erroneous information that has circulated for years.

Le Conseil des Arts de Montreal (CAM) hosted its first information session for English-speaking artists and cultural workers in March. The 20 people who attended the meeting came away with answers to their questions. We will share highlights on our website soon. Canada Council also presented an information session for the theatre community about their new funding programs, and we are arranging sessions for other disciplines.

Alongside ELAN’s advocacy behind the scenes – like last month’s meeting with Quebec’s new Anglo Secretariat– these information sessions demonstrate ELAN’s practical role in mobilizing support for its members.

 

Guy Rodgers
Executive Director

Saturday, April 7, 1 PM – 4 PM
MAI – Studio 428
3680 rue Jeanne-Mance, H2X 2K5
Montreal, Quebec

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Thank you for your interest in this Savvy Sessions!
We have received a high abundance of registrations and this session is full!
Feel free to browse through other upcoming sessions here!


How to Register

1) Email  admin@quebec-elan.org  to register for this Savvy Sessions workshop.

We are proud to inform participants that Savvy Sessions are now free, which is made possible by Canada Council for the Arts. Without their funding, each Savvy Session workshop would cost anywhere from $80.00 – $250.00 per person.

 


About

Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Taxes
What expenses are deductible? Do you need a GST number? How do I keep track of my receipts? In this jargon-free and surprisingly entertaining workshop, Joel Fishbane guides you through both the federal and Quebec tax systems from the artist’s point of view. Reduce your tax burden and get the information you need to understand your rights and obligations as a taxpayer.


Workshop Leader

Joel Fishbane is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and actor who has also been helping artists and companies navigate the tax system since 2005. He has participated in workshops and panels for QDF, the National Theatre School of Canada, and ACTRA. www.joelfishbane.net 



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.

New date!
*Waiting list
Sunday, April 15, 1 PM – 4 PM

Milton Park Recreation Centre
3555 rue St-Urbain, H2X 2N6
Montreal, Quebec

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How to Register

1) Email  admin@quebec-elan.org  to register for this Savvy Sessions workshop.

We are proud to inform participants that Savvy Sessions are now free, which is made possible by Canada Council for the Arts. Without their funding, each Savvy Session workshop would cost anywhere from $80.00 – $250.00 per person.


About

Behind the scenes of successful touring and showcasing
Whether you are an up-and-coming event coordinator interested in concert organization, or a musician organizing your own shows and self-producing your own tours, this workshop is for you!
 
Focusing on the music industry, this workshop will aim to cover all aspects of successful showcasing and tour production.
 
Mariam Assaf who has been working in the field for the past 10 years, will share tips and tools to properly coordinate, negotiate, schedule, budget, market, and wrap up music events.

 


Workshop Leader

Mariam Assaf has been working in the arts, mostly in music, since 2008. She has worked for festivals, associations promoting local talent, managed bands, organized countless concerts and events, and coordinated tours for both local and international artists. 

Mariam is currently managing the music segment of ELAN’s Performing Arts Market Access project for Quebec’s OLMC artists.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Sunday, March 18, 1 PM – 4 PM
MAI – Studio 428
3680 rue Jeanne-Mance, H2X 2K5
Montreal, Quebec

Click here to view the Facebook event

Register now!


How to Register:

1) Email  admin@quebec-elan.org  to register for this Savvy Sessions workshop.

2) This event is made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The cost has been subsidized to allow for true accessibility. There is a PWYC fee ($10.00 suggested) to hold your spot. You may choose to pay in-person on the day of the workshop (cash only) or you may pay by Paypal.

 


About

Over the course of this workshop, participants will examine and articulate how and where to disseminate and encourage their work to companies, touring circuits, and presenters.  Both individuals and independent company representatives are welcome although space is limited and a diverse range of participants will be encouraged.


Workshop Leader

Mike Payette is an actor and director who has appeared at some of Canada’s finest theatres including The Citadel, MTYP, Vertigo, Banff Centre, The Grand, Factory Theatre, Neptune, and the National Arts Centre, as well as with great local companies Geordie, Black Theatre Workshop, Imago, Repercussion Theatre, Scapegoat Carnivale, Infinitheatre and Segal Centre among others.  Directing credits include A Line in the Sand (Guillermo Verdecchia/Marcus Youssef), Harlem Duet (Djanet Sears), Another Home Invasion (Joan MacLeod), Angelique (Lorena Gale), Pinky Swear (Kalale Dalton-Lutale), Water Weight (Jesse Strong), and the Montreal English-language premiere of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna.

He is co-founder and past Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, a founding member of Metachroma Theatre, has served as Artist-in-Residence for Neworld Theatre in Vancouver, and was Assistant Artistic Director for Black Theatre Workshop.  He has been a guest artist for McGill University, Dawson College, and the National Theatre School of Canada, and sits on the boards of the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and the Quebec Drama Federation.

He is currently the Artistic Director of Geordie Productions, one of Canada’s leading Theatre for Young Audiences companies which – through touring and Mainstage work – reaches close to 40,0000 youth and families annually.


Pay-what-you-can

Pay-what-you-can




We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Photo by Kinga Michalska

Should Télé-Québec produce and broadcast stories about Quebec’s English-speaking citizens?  That is the question we asked ourselves as the licence for Quebec’s educational TV came up for renewal at the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications). Télé-Québec’s mandate includes ‘promoting Quebec’s artistic and cultural life,’ and ‘reflecting regional realities and the diversity of Québec society.’ ELAN asked Marie Collin, CEO of Télé-Québec, if Anglos are part of that diversity. She replied that TQ recognizes its responsibility to reflect the complete diversity of Québec society, and that it already takes positive action to do so. For example, many English-speaking artists are guests on the popular variety program Belle et Bum.

A few years ago, ELAN approached Vidéotron about their community channel MAtv. We asked why they were not producing any programs in English, although 20% of their subscribers are English-speaking. Rather than respond dismissively or with hostility, MAtv managers thought it made perfect sense for a community TV channel to tell the stories of its entire community. When 20% of MAtv’s programming actually switched over to English, we were concerned that there could be a backlash. No one protested, and many Francophone viewers are now watching programs produced by their English-speaking neighbours, who have also discovered MAtv and are watching programs in French.

We are a long way from 1968 when Télé-Québec (originally Radio-Québec) was created in a society bitterly divided along linguistic lines. In 2018, most cultural agencies have developed policies on inclusion to eradicate old solitudes. One of the strongest symbols of this changing environment was the recent creation of an Anglo Secretariat by the government of Quebec.  Its first public meeting in mid-February was an occasion to discuss many important problems facing English-speakers in Quebec and to propose solutions.  The new Secretariat will not fix everything, but it does open up a welcome dialogue so that real problems can be discussed with people who have the power to effect change. Minister Kathleen Weil and MNA David Birnbaum both participated in the Secretariat meeting.  They both offered assurances that Quebec values the work of English-speaking artists, and that the government will ensure this is reflected in tangible ways, such as the Action Plan for Quebec’s new Cultural Policy. It was in this spirit, that ELAN submitted a CRTC intervention requesting that Télé-Québec emulate MAtv.

Journalist Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot was intrigued by ELAN’s desire to see stories about English-speaking communities broadcast on Télé-Quebec and wrote an article in La Presse. Brendan Kelly, from CBC radio and columnist of the Montreal Gazette, was incredulous that ELAN could seriously expect Télé-Québec to agree. When La Presse posted its article on Facebook, social media quickly exploded. Parti Québécois culture critic Pascal Bérubé rose up in the National Assembly to accuse ELAN of ‘pressuring the CRTC’ to allocate funding for English-language productions, and he demanded that Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture, ‘shut the door’ on ELAN’s demands. Mme Montpetit replied that ‘Télé-Québec will continue to promote Quebec culture and represent its diversity,’ which did not slam the door to M. Bérubé’s satisfaction.  So he and his colleagues in the Parti-Québécois tabled a motion in the National Assembly demanding a guarantee that 100% of Télé-Québec’s content be produced in French. By the time Bérubé and the Gazette’s Don McPherson started trading Twitter barbs, as reported in le Journal de Montréal, it was a reminder that 1968 is not as distant in the rear-view mirror as we like to think.

Now that the reflex reactions to language issues have run their course, maybe we can get back to the main point ELAN’s was trying to make. How does Télé-Québec represent – and include – diversity?  Bérubé and others are quite right that the world is inundated with English language production, which is a threat to French Quebec. It is also a serious challenge for Quebec’s English-language producers. We are not on opposite sides of this issue. None of that foreign production reflects our local realities. It does not tell our stories. That is the role of Quebec’s educational TV channel, and Télé-Québec is mandated to reflect the diversity of Québec society. We are not on opposite sides of this issue either. The only question is how it will be done.

 

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:

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

Frankfurt 2020 (purchasing translation rights and publishing in Germany)

Conseil des arts de Montréal

General Funding Programs

Cultural Exchanges and Special Projects (for organizations receiving operating grants only)

Fiscal Sponsorship

Crafts

Multidisciplinary/General

  • Career Labs: OK, But What Are You Really Doing? Explaining Your Art to People — And to Yourself with Amy Blackmore and Linda Rutenberg at MainLine Theatre. This workshop is for emerging artists and is free. Registration is mandatory. MARCH 5, 7 PM – 9 PM. Click here for details.
  • Career Labs: Risk and Resilience – Living Artistically with Yourself and with Others with Moe Clark and Jacob Wren at MainLine Theatre. This workshop is for emerging artists and is free. Registration is mandatory. MARCH 7,  7 PM – 9 PM. Click here for details.
  • Career Labs: Holding the Thread – How to Build a Career While Staying True to Your Vision with Tracey Deer and Julio Hong at Black Theatre Workshop. This workshop is for emerging artists and is free. Registration is mandatory. MARCH 21, 7 PM – 9 PM. Click here for details.
  • Savvy Sessions presents Marketing & Social Media for Artists with Rodrigo Vergara at the MAI. This workshop is PWYC. Registration is mandatory – email admin@quebec-elan.org. MARCH 4,  1 PM – 4 PM. Click here for details.
  • Savvy Sessions presents Social Design and Media Collaborations with Mike Wheeler at the MAI. This workshop is PWYC. Registration is mandatory – email admin@quebec-elan.org. MARCH 18,  10 AM – 5 PM. Click here for details.
  • Savvy Sessions presents Marketing and Promoting with Margaret Genovese at the MAI. This workshop is PWYC. Registration is mandatory – email admin@quebec-elan.org. MARCH 25, 11 AM – 5 PM. More details to come. Click here to reserve your spot.

Music

  • Savvy Sessions presents Touring and Showcasing with Mariam Assaf at the MAI. This workshop is PWYC. Registration is mandatory – email admin@quebec-elan.org. MARCH 24, 1 PM – 5 PM. More details to come. Click here to reserve your spot. 
  • A Canadian Music Theatre Writers Collective Workshop will be offered in Montreal based on demonstrated interest from the public. This course is offered in Vancouver and Toronto, and is Canada’s premier training program for emerging musical theatre songwriters. The course will cover topics like: the craft of musical theatre; song form; collaboration; lyric craft, and more! Applicants should have intermediate musical literacy. Runs regularly from SEPTEMBER to MAY. At least 12 students are required to run this class. To register and to learn more, please contact Alisha Ruiss: alisha.ruiss@gmail.com

Theatre

  • Quebec Drama Federation presents Musical Theatre Xperience at Studio Danse (927 Newman Blvd, Lasalle). For $80.00, you’ll get to work some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chris Barillaro, Jonathan Patterson, Connie Rosella, Anik Matern, and Kelly Fletcher. Experience Creation, Dancing, Singing, and Performance from Canadian musicals. Spots are limited. Email admin@quebecdrama.org or call 514-875-8698 to register. MARCH 3 and 4. Click here for details.
  • Quebec Drama Federation presents Director’s Gym: Building Vocabulary at Black Theatre Workshop (3680 Jeanne Mance, Montreal). Explore and engage with skill building and creative instincts. Examine the role of director in theatre-making today. This workshop is for emerging directors. Workshop leader is Liz Valdez. Email admin@quebecdrama.org or call 514-875-8698 to register. MARCH 21, 21, and 22. Click here for details. 
  • Savvy Sessions presents The Ultimate Pitch (Theatre) with Mike Payette at the MAI. This workshop is PWYC. Registration is mandatory – email admin@quebec-elan.org. MARCH 17 (hours TBA). More details to come. Click here to reserve your spot.

Other

  • YES Montreal presents Five Ways to Introduce Yourself: Networking for Newcomers, a workshop designed to guide newcomers who lack local professional experience. This workshop is free. MARCH 12, 10 AM – 12 PM. Click here for details.
  • YES Montreal presents Starting Your Job Search in Quebec, a workshop that aims to help Quebec’s newcomers navigate through the process of job hunting. This workshop is free. MARCH 26, 10 AM – 12 PM. Click here for details.

Multidisciplinary/General

  • Forest City Gallery is seeking submissions from artists and curators from all disciplines. Please note that Forest City Gallery is based in Ontario. Deadline is MARCH 25 at 5 PM. Click here for details.
  • ELAN Member Robert Snikkar is seeking artists to collaborate on an art show examining white privilege for The Off White Show. Deadline is not listed. Contact snikkar.paintings@gmail.com. Click here to see his website.
  • articule is calling for artists, performances, workshops and games for Le Mile End: a summer outdoor community arts festival. This year’s festival theme is games, play, and sport. Deadline is MARCH 12. Click here for details. 
  • The MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) accepts submissions/proposals from performing artists on an on-going basis. Click here for details. 

Music

  • Pop Montreal is accepting submissions from musicians to perform at their festival next year. Deadline is MAY 12. Click here for details.

Visual Arts

  • The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is seeking art submissions for its series: Journey Through Healthcare. Submissions will be selected by a jury. Send your submissions and inquiries to: journeysarthealth@gmail.com. 
  • Maple Island Public Art Project is seeking professional artists to submit their qualifications to design and install a permanent piece of artwork on Maple Island in Ottawa. Deadline is MARCH 16. Click here for details.
  • Mount Royal Commemorative Services is seeking photography demonstrating how the Magic of Light affects every part of life. A maximum 6 pieces with at least one depicting some aspect of the Mount Royal Cemetery. These works will be exhibited on MAY 26 and 27 at the Mount Royal Commemorative Services’ 12th Annual Photography Exhibition, held at 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, QC. Email Andrew Sarrasin (aws@mountroyalcem.com) to inquire and/or submit your work. See website here.
  • Mount Royal Commemorative Services seeking art pieces on the theme the Magic of Light and how it affects every aspect of life. A maximum 6 pieces with at least one depicting some aspect of the Mount Royal Cemetery. These works will be exhibited on APRIL 25 and 26 at the Mount Royal Commemorative Services’ 12th Annual Photography Exhibition, held at 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, QC. Email Andrew Sarrasin (aws@mountroyalcem.com) to inquire and/or submit your work. See website here.