Director's Message June 2018
Guy Rodgers with visual artists based in West Island.
Photo by Kinga Michalska

Summer is upon us and ELAN’s first Arts Alive! Québec 2018 festival takes place in Hudson this weekend. Hudson is a beautiful town full of talented artists, and I highly recommend a cultural, gastronomical day-trip. The schedule of this weekend’s activities can be found here.

In the coming weeks we will unveil programming for Huntingdon (July 8), Knowlton (August 3-5), the Morrin Centre in Quebec City (August 3-4) and Wakefield (September 7-8). CBC is back as our media sponsor and we look forward to working with them. Each regional partner will feature unique programming that consist of fun-filled activities for all ages, which includes a mixture of main-stage shows, outdoor performances in shade-dappled parks, visual arts, and an entertaining range of hands-on workshops.

Another big event in June should be the launch of Quebec’s long awaited Cultural Policy, which has been in development for years under three different Ministers of Culture. Minister Marie Montpetit (Minister of Culture and Communications; Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language) is expected to announce the Action Plan this month. Given the major increase in cultural funding confirmed in April’s budget, the Action Plan should be good news. CALQ and SODEC are keen to discover the actual budgets they have been allocated. ELAN hopes that our interventions during the drafting process result in a clear recognition of the historical contribution of English-speaking artists to Quebec culture, and a strong on-going commitment to support our work.

The provincial election is not scheduled until the fall, but the campaign has already begun. ELAN has been working with the Quebec English-Language (film and TV) Production Council (QPEC), the Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA), the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to develop a community Cultural Policy to be shared with all political parties.  We will continue working on it over the summer – between day-trips to Arts Alive! Quebec festivals. I hope to see you there!


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

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

Circus Arts


  • Wapikoni Mobile is hiring a Youth Outreach Worker and Filmmaker Mentors for a four-week contract between MAY – OCTOBER 2019. Click here for details. 

Multidisciplinary / General

  • ELAN is hiring a Project Manager for State of the Arts III. Join our team! Position will begin sometime in JUNE, 2018. Click here for details.
  • OBORO is hiring an Administrative Assistant. Deadline is JUNE 10, 2018. Please note that details for this job offer are only available in French. Click here for details.
  • Canada Council for the Arts is hiring a Web Strategy and UX Specialist. Deadline is JUNE 14, 2018. Click here for details.


  • Infinithéâtre is accepting applications for the position of Box Office &
    Sales Manager for their 2018 – 2019 season. Apply as soon as possible. Click here for details.
  • Infinithéâtre is accepting applications for the position of Youth & Community Groups Outreach Coordinator for their 2018 – 2019 season. Apply as soon as possible. Click here for details.

Artisan / Crafts

  • ELAN Member Marilynn Vanderstaay is seeking jewellery artisans who work with silver to create unique pins / brooches for an exciting new cottage industry community project to be launched in SEPTEMBER. Contact Marilynn Vanderstaay ( Click here for details.

Film / Media

  • fliQs queer film night is seeking submissions of short videos, films, animations, and experimental shorts. Deadline is JUNE 13, 2018. Click here for details.

Multidisciplinary / General

  • North Media Arts Centre (NAISA) seeks submissions for Off the Beat(en) Track. Artists of all ages and nationalities are encouraged to submit works on the theme Off the Beat(en) Track. Deadline is JUNE 4, 2018. Click here for details.
  • Studio 303 are seeking submissions for their third Curator-in-Residence program 2018/2019. The residency aims to provide a framework for developing ideas through research, discussion, and practice. Studio 303 will help the resident curator with many aspects of programming, including: artistic direction, budget, fee policy, communications, funders, venues, etc. Emerging curators have the opportunity to imagine and program a live performance event to be held at Studio 303 on APRIL 13 or 14, 2019.  Deadline is JUNE 20, 2018. Click here for details.


  • Founded by ELAN member Aaron Saloman, aaronmusic productions is a new music publishing company focusing on sync licensing. Aaron is seeking submissions from all artists in all styles, who have existing music (new or old) and lack time or insight in sync placements. Submissions should be professionally recorded. Send them to

Visual Arts

  • Diagonale is accepting open submissions from artists and curators. Deadline is OCTOBER 15, 2018. Click here for details.

Writing / Literature

  • The Quebec Writers’ Federation is accepting submissions for their QWF Literary Prize for Young Writers. This prize will be awarded to an emerging writer residing in Québec and is between the ages of 16 – 24. Short stories, poetry, and non-fiction are all accepted! Deadline is JUNE 15, 2018. Click here for details.
  • Vallum Magazine is seeking submissions for The Vallum Award for Poetry 2018. Submit to win $750.00 and a publication in an upcoming issue of Vallum. Second prize is $250.00 and publication in Vallum. Click here for details.
  • This summer 9 Montréalers from 9 different cultural communities will participate in the creation of Montréal’s first Poesie dans la cité event. Local poets, Fortner Anderson and Geneviève Létarte, are looking for 9 participants of all ages and backgrounds (who are not artists) to spend an afternoon this summer observing the events that occur around them in one of nine iconic locations in Montréal. In OCTOBER, 2018, the 9 participants will present a public reading of their lists, in a choir directed by Kathy Kennedy. ELAN is happy to partner with Poesie dans la cité in this unique cultural event celebrating English culture in Montréal. Click here for details.

Artisan / Crafts

  • École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal is offering a Woodworking Workshop: Introduction to cabinetmaking power-tools. This course will be taking place on SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 from 6 PM – 10 PM and SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Deadline to register: SEPTEMBER 20, 2018. Click here for details.
  • École d’ébénisterie d’art de Montréal is offering a Woodworking Workshop:  Introduction to traditional cabinet making. This course will be taking place on NOVEMBER 15, 22, and 29, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Deadline to register: NOVEMBER 8, 2018. Click here for details.


  • Orford Music is offering a series of free courses, lectures, and master classes in English through JUNE and JULY, 2018. Click here for details.


  • Imago Theatre‘s annual workshop series Atelier will take place over two weekends in JUNE (JUNE 2-3 and JUNE 9-10, 2018). Click here to learn more.


Universe by Comic Artist & ELAN member Laurence Dea Dionne

What attracted you to your artistic discipline?

The need to develop well-being in youth through a creative outlet such as comics!

Where do you find your inspiration?

People! People and their struggles. And overcoming struggles. And passing on that wisdom.

Do you have any practical advice for fellow professional artists?

Just do it!

What projects are you currently working on/just finished working on?

Always working on many projects. You never get bored! Homeward is almost finished, and we’re working on the second and third book to continue the adventure.

Any last notes you would like to share with the public?

If you like learning, well-being, fighting against bullying, youth, and comics, consider contributing to the crowdfunding campaign going on until the end of May. We’ll use the funds to print the books, and visit schools, scouts, and youth groups to open up a conversation about bullying and belonging. We’re hoping to make a better tomorrow, today!

Discover more!

Click here to learn more about Homeward.
Help Laurence Dea Dionne’s crowd-funding initiative here!

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Follow us on our new Instagram (@elanqc) account
to see more of Laurence Dea Dionne’s art work