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.

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

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

Photo provided by QCGN (Quebec Community Groups Network)

Today, on April 23, 2018, the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers (SRESQ) announced $950,000 in funding for five community-based projects. The recipients are the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN), Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders, and Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC).

Kathleen Weil, Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions and Minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, announced that the funding will increase the amount of government representation and support provided to English-speaking communities across the province.

ELAN has received $230,000 for a two-year project to ‘establish long-term arts education collaborations.’ Based on ELAN’s ACE (Arts, Communities and Education) initiative, this new funding will greatly increase collaborations between artists and educators for the benefit of students. 10 to 15 schools and communities will receive assistance for arts-based projects that will develop transferable skills and creative thinking.

Cultural and Education are natural partners, and both are under provincial jurisdiction, however bureaucratic structures have made it difficult in the past for artists and educators to collaborate. This new funding and partnerships demonstrates that the new Anglo Secretariat is fulfilling its mandate of closer collaboration between government ministries and Quebec’s English-speaking communities.


English-Language Arts Network

English-Language Arts Network ACE Initiative

School of Community and Public Affairs

Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network

The Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers

Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders

Quebec Community Groups Network

Eastern Townships Resource Centre







Julien Valmary & Guy Rodgers
Julien and Guy also showed us that style, just like art, is a universal language.

Photos by: Amy Macdonald


Le Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) recently partnered with ELAN to present an information session in English about its programs and services.

Julien Valmary, CAM’s Management Support and Strategic Initiatives Director, led about 15 attendees through a presentation of CAM’s history, its programs, and its current strategic directions: Inclusiveness, Outreach, and Communication.

Here are 3 facts you might not have known about CAM:

  1. You can apply in English. Even though CAM’s application portal, ORORA, is currently available in French only, you are welcome to write your application and send support materials in English. (ELAN did, and we got the grant!)
  2. CAM has studios for rent. Artists can book time in dance, music, and multidisciplinary studios in the beautiful Maison du CAM right across Parc Lafontaine. Click here for more info.
  3. CAM offers a consulting service for culturally diverse artists. If you’re seeking professional development advice or guidance for your career, get in touch with Iulia-Anamaria Salagor:

The federal Ministry of Canadian Heritage is responsible for funding 12 crown corporations, including Canada Council, Téléfilm, the National Film Board, and CBC. The fund that supports Official Language communities is less visible but extremely important for minority language communities.  A significant portion of ELAN’s funding comes from this source, which has also funded some of our largest projects such as Arts Alive! Québec.

On March 28 in Ottawa, Minister Mélanie Joly and Prime Minister Trudeau unveiled the 2018/19 Action Plan for Official Languages. The new Action Plan received a 20% increase in funding, which was an encouraging demonstration of support for minority language communities across the country. Some of the highlights include:

  • $57.35 million to increase support for organizations working in community development, culture, and second language learning;
  •  $67.3 million in new funding (over 5 years) for the construction of cultural and educational infrastructure;
  • $11.2 million to double the Community Cultural Action Fund, for a total investment of $21.2 million over 5 years;
  • $10 million for a new Community Media Strategic Fund.



Quebec Budget 2018/19

The Quebec budget on March 27 was full of election year goodies. After years of austerity and cuts it was certainly a good new budget for artists and cultural workers. Total investment in the Ministry of Culture and Communication will rise to $778 million in 2019/19, an 11% increase. This the largest new investment in culture in 20 years.

Media and culture

  • $113 million on youth and culture, including $35 million for cultural field trips for school daycare students;
  • $168.9 million in new funding for arts funding organizations and cultural tax credits, including $100 million in new funding to be divided between CALQ and SODEC, and $2.5 million to extend a tax credit for a first major cultural gift (of $5,000 to $25,000) from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2022;
  • Increasing, from $15.5 million a year to $19.5 million, the contribution to the Quebec Cultural Heritage Fund;
  • $5 million to compensate museums that offer one free Sunday a month;
  • $5 million for large-scale cultural events in Quebec City;
  • $40 million for “various initiatives” that support the creation of digital cultural works;
  • $64.7 million for a tax credit to support digital transformation of print media;
  • $11.6 million to make digital video productions eligible for the film and television tax credit.

Anglo Secretariat

Last year, the Couillard government created a new Anglo Secretariat, which established Arts and Culture as a community priority.  The 2018/19 budget provided the Anglo Secretariat with a $24.5 million budget and several projects involving arts and education are waiting to receive financial support.


Guy Rodgers

Executive Director

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

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