Multidisciplinary / General

  • Savvy Sessions presents Festival Circuits for Theatre & Dance with Emilia Alvarez. Venue TBA. This workshop is free but registration is mandatory. MAY 5, 2018.
    1PM – 4PM.
    Click here to learn more.
  • YES Montreal is offering a workshop to help build your artistic career and finances: Jump Start Your Art & Financing Options on MAY 7, 2018 from 1:30PM – 3:30PM (repeats MAY 30, 2018) This orientation session will outline the support services that are available to artists through YES and other arts organizations, and give an overview on how you can finance your work. This workshop is free. Click here to learn more or call: 514-878-9788.
  • Savvy Sessions presents Build Your Own Website with June Park at the Morrin Centre (44, chaussée des Écossais, Québec, QC, G1R 4H3). This workshop is free but registration is mandatory. MAY 13, 2018. 10AM – 1PM. Click here to learn more.
  • Savvy Sessions presents Grant Writing (Québec City) with June Park at the Morrin Centre (44, chaussée des Écossais, Québec, QC, G1R 4H3). This workshop is free but registration is mandatory. MAY 13, 2018. 2PM – 5PM. Click here to learn more.
  • YES Montreal presents Getting Permission: Legal Privacy For Artists. In this workshop for visual creatives, you will learn how to manage the legal aspects of getting permissions to ensure that you get the proper consent and that you negotiate well. This session will cover model releases and consents, location releases, working with minors, and special copyright issues. MAY 30, 2018. 6:30PM – 8:30PM. $20.00. Click here to learn more.


  • Savvy Sessions presents Self-Producing Dance with Andrew Tay at the MAI (3680 Jeanne-Mance St, Montreal, QC, H2X 2K5). This workshop is free but registration is mandatory. – MAY 6, 2018. 1PM – 4PM. Click here to learn more.


  • Imago Theatre’s annual workshop series Atelier will take place this year over two weekends in JUNE (JUNE 2-3 and JUNE 9-10).
    Workshops include:

    The Art of Direction Led by Micheline Chevrier, Artistic Director of Imago Theatre;
    The Technique of Auditioning Led by Eda Holmes, Artistic Director of The Centaur;
    Introduction to Mask Led by Anana Rydvald, Actress, Mask Artist, and Teacher;
    Introduction to Butoh Led by Kyungseo Min, Performer, Emerging Playwright;
    Introduction to Pochinko Clown Led by Jed Tomlinson, Clown, Director, and Educator;
    Introduction to Stage Combat Led by Anita Nittoly, Fight Director and Stage Combat Instructor with Associate Instructor, David Chinchilla. Click here to learn more.

Circus Arts


  • The National Film Board of Canada is hiring an Administrator, Pay Systems. Deadline is MAY 2, 2018. Click here for details.
  • The National Film Board of Canada is hiring an Office Clerk. Deadline is MAY 3, 2018. Click here for details.
  • The National Film Board of Canada is hiring a Senior Production Coordinator. Deadline is MAY 3, 2018. Click here for details.
  • Wapikoni Mobile is hiring a Youth Outreach Worker and Filmmaker Mentors for a four-week contract between MAY – OCTOBER 2019. Click here for details. 


  • Le Musée des Beaux-Arts is hiring a digital management service coordinator. Deadline is MAY 8, 2018. Click here for details. (Please note that that this listing is in French).
  • ELAN is hiring a Summer Membership Assistant. Deadline is MAY 11, 2018. Join our team! Click here for details.
  • CINARS is hiring 2 positions. Positions begin in JUNE, 2018. Click here for details. (Please note that that these listings are in French).
  • Mikw Chiyâm TEACHING ARTIST RESIDENCY 2018-2019 — now accepting applications from artists of all disciplines to work with high school students in the Cree Nation in Northern Québec for 6 weeks at a time. Experience in teaching is an asset.
    This program functions predominately in English. This is a paid position (fee, travel, per diem, and housing provided). Click here for details.

Visual Arts

  • Atelier Circulaire is hiring a Digital Studio Technician. Deadline is MAY 10, 2018. Click here for details.
  • Heffel Fine Art Auction House is looking to fill an administrator position. Deadline is not listed. Click here for details.

Writing / Literature

  • Vallum is hiring a Publicity and Marketing Assistant. Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a professional writing sample as a single PDF to with the subject line “Marketing and Publicity Assistant. Deadline is MAY 2, 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.
  • CPAWS Ottawa Valley DRAW is accepting submissions from artists of all disciplines interested in participating in CPAWS Ottawa Valley DRAW Retreat. This retreat will take place on AUGUST 1 – 6, 2018. This is an opportunity to come together with other artists from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Must enjoy being outside in nature – participants will explore the Dumoine River, create, and share stories. This retreat is free. Click here to for details.


  • Pop Montreal is accepting submissions from musicians to perform at their festival next year. Deadline is MAY 13, 2018. Click here for details.

Visual Arts

  • Aqua 2018: third annual juried exhibition at Galerie E.K. Voland 24″ x 24″ 2D artwork on the theme of water. This exhibition will coincide with the annual Open House of Complexe du Canal Lachine on JUNE 7 – JUNE 12, 2018. Submission deadline is MAY 18, 2018. Click here for details.
  • Call for participation and submissions THE MAGIC OF LIGHT Photography Exhibition on MAY 26 and 27, 2018 from 1 PM – 5 PM at the Funeral Complex of Mount Royal Cemetery, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont – QC. Share your favourite works in our 12thAnnual Photography Exhibition; demonstrate how The Magic of Light affects every aspect of life. Maximum of 6 works, including at least one, depicting some aspect of the Mount Royal Cemetery.  Information: Andrew Sarrasin (; Click here for details. 
  • Mount Royal Commemorative Services is 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 AUGUST 25 and 26, 2018 at the Mount Royal Commemorative Services’ 17th Annual Art Exhibition, held at 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, QC. Email Andrew Sarrasin ( to inquire and/or submit your work. Click here for details.
  • Diagonale is accepting open submissions from artists and curators. Deadline is OCTOBER 15, 2018. Click here for details.

Writing / Literature

  • Vallum: Contemporary Poetry is calling for submissions for Issue 15:2 The Chase. Send your best poems related to this theme. Deadline is MAY 30, 2018. Click here for details.


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

Finding Answers in Batik

By: Erika Serodio

Red Tulips, Batik on cotton, 2002 by Avy Loftus. This batik painting was exhibited in Ottawa during the Tulip festival, at the Indonesian Embassy pavilion at the Major Park. The painting was made not only for the Tulip festival but also for celebrating fifty years of Indonesian-Canadian Diplomatic Relations.|

Founding member of Festival Accès Asie, batik artist, workshop instructor at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montreal, ELAN Member, and soon to be graduate of Concordia’s MA in Art Education, Avy Loftus is a passionate artist dedicated to bridging arts and education and combating bullying in schools.

The table before us starts out perfectly vacant. As she speaks, Avy Loftus pulls out one piece of fabric after another, seamlessly weaving together the histories, struggles, politics and passions that have contributed to her body of work. It’s not long before detailed fabrics and vibrant stories are spilling over the sides of the table. “There are so many philosophical meanings behind one piece,” she tells me.

Avy first learned about batik when she was a young girl growing up in Indonesia. She was taught the technique by her Indonesian grandmother, and the art practice remained in her life as a medium for connecting to her heritage. In her early twenties, she realized that the younger generations in Indonesia were losing touch with this part of their heritage. Avy found herself explaining the regional origins of the pieces – Surakarta, Solo, Yogyakarta ­in central Java, where the art of batik is highly developed. “The colour itself is different from one city to the other city, and the cut, from left to right, or right to left, you know this is from different cities.” Avy says that most young people “only know how to wear it, they don’t really know the meaning behind the piece.” This realization spurred Avy into considering batik as a topic for education.

At that point, Avy was a young university graduate in Indonesia, working in business administration. She studied language, arts, and education for her bachelor degree, but speaking several languages made her valuable in the business sector. Language and the arts were elements of her job, but she says, “I really wanted to touch the art side of the work.” She describes coming to Canada as an “opportunity to go away from the business world.” She continues to make traditional batik artwork – some inspired by the geography of her current home in Quebec. “I’m living in Quebec now – I put the iris as the Quebec local flower, into the artwork. The flowers, as a batik artist, we adapt with the flora and fauna that we live in now.”

Throughout her career, Avy has rooted her batik in symbols and messages that she holds close to her heart, and has used her art as a mechanism for change. Her intent is to “not only create things; I would like to create something that could be useful. To have a meaning behind whatever I’m doing.” Ten years ago, Avy discovered that her daughter was being bullied in school. Concerned but also empathetic, Avy decided to channel her artistic energy into a benevolent mission: combat bullying in schools.

Her anti-bullying project, titled Peace, Love, and Hope, has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. Avy describes the project as “a healing process in many ways.”

The message of non-violence behind the Peace, Love, and Hope project is deliberately local and contemporary and yet its reach has effortlessly transcended borders. It began in her own child’s school, but has since traveled through North America, Europe, and South Asia with over 150,000 child participants. She tells the children in her workshops “even though you cannot travel now, at such a young age, imagine your work is going to travel around the world with me. Just imagine that your positive words impact other kids in the world, in other provinces, other countries.” She encourages them to think globally, “but you act locally.” Avy always starts her workshops by gathering everyone in a circle. Then she says, “Tell your friends, beside you, just one or two words – the positive things that you like about them.” She asks the children to find inspiration for their work from positive things – to work on the three themes of peace, love, and hope. “Then I give them totally white cloth. Totally white, just imagine that.” Each of the students creates a small square batik masterpiece, which Avy brings together in quilts. These quilts have been displayed at museums, cultural centres, and schools around the world.

Discover more!

Avy Loftus’ webpage

Follow us on our new Instagram account to see more of Avy Loftus’ batik art!

A new photo or video will become available everyday from May 1 – May 7, 2018.

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Guy Rodgers speaking at Press Conference at Concordia University (QUESCREN) on April 23, 2018
Photo by Marc Bourcier

May is a joyful month, when the last snow melts and flowers burst in profusion. For organizations such as ELAN, last year’s projects have been laid to rest and it is time to get to work on new ones. During the past few weeks, we received confirmation of three new projects for 2018/19: an expansion of the ACE Initiative, a third edition of Stateof the Arts, and a fourth round of Arts Alive Québec.

Funding for a larger version of the ACE Initiative was announced at Concordia University on April 23rd. As I remarked at the press conference, there could not have been a more propitious date to launch a major project devoted to arts and education in the English language. The new Secretariat for New Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers is supporting five community-building projects. ELAN’s funding over two years will enable us to expand the ACE Initiative into more schools and enable more artists to develop projects and relationships with educators and students. During the next few weeks, we will be inviting school, communities, and artists to send us an expression of interest to develop projects. If you are interested in the links between the arts and education, and wish to be part of the on-going ACE conversation, send an email to

The founding event that created ELAN in 2004 was the Quebec Arts Summit. More than 100 artists gathered to discuss community needs and cast a vision for the future. Seven years later ELAN organized State of the Arts, which brought together more than 150 artists and cultural workers, from all disciplines and many regions of Quebec, to revisit community challenges and opportunities. Another seven years later, and ELAN has received support from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Strategic Fund to bring the community together once again, using technology and a multi-meeting format, in order to include a larger and more diverse group of artists and cultural workers. This work will begin in earnest next fall and will continue throughout the winter. We will keep you posted as detailed plans develop so that your voice can be heard.

We are also thrilled that the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Quebec regional fund decided to support Arts Alive! Québec for a fourth year. The value of this project to regional communities, as well as to artists, was clearly demonstrated by the dozens of letters of support that accompanied ELAN’s grant application. Arts Alive! Québec festivals will begin in June and will continue until September. It is going to be an exciting summer and a very full year.

Guy Rodgers
Executive Director