Monday, August 27, 2018
AGM: 6:30-8:00 PM
Schmoozer: 8:00-10:00 PM

Centre St-Pierre, 1212 rue Panet, Montreal
(south of metro Beaudry)

Venue is wheelchair accessible
Free food available!

Free and open to all!

We’ve had a momentous year and we’re excited to share the results of our work with you! Come out and celebrate our community, and learn about what awaits us next year! Your participation matters to us. Thank you for your engagement!

ELAN members in good standing as of August 7 are eligible to vote on important agenda items such as approving ELAN’s budget and electing new board members. Renew your membership by August 7 to ensure your participation! Members in good standing will also be given priority to attend this event. Friend members and observers can’t vote but are welcome to attend!

*Audited statements will be available as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience.

Supplementary documents

2018 AGM Agenda

2017 AGM Minutes

Audited Statements (to come asap)

Photography by: Nasuna Stuart-Ulin


ELAN is excited to welcome some new summer staff members! Please welcome our new Arts Alive! Québec Communications Assistant Krista Muir, our new Membership Services Assistant Isabelle Shi, and our new Special Projects Assistant Jennifer Broydell.

Moreover, Emily Enhorning – previously our Membership Services Assistant is now ELAN’s Interim Membership Services Coordinator. Along with the assistance of Isabelle Shi and Jennifer Broydell, Emily will be implementing new systems to improve ELAN’s services.

We asked Krista, Isabelle, Jennifer, and Emily seven questions.
Read their answers here!

You can learn more about our new team members here.

With this, we are sad to announce that Naima Phillips has left the ELAN team. We thank her immensely for her contribution towards membership services, including her work in developing a strong vision for ELAN’s membership services, which we aim to honour and exercise short and long-term.

Photography by: Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

We asked Emily Enhorning, Isabelle Shi, Jennifer Broydell, and Krista Muir seven questions…
(Shortcut tip: click on the names!)

 

Emily Enhorning – Membership Services Coordinator

  1. What attracted you to work for an organization like ELAN?
    I wanted to do work that valued and prioritized the arts, and I wanted to do work in community building and organizing. I’d done both separately but never at once, so ELAN presented an exciting opportunity.
  1. What was your background before coming to ELAN?
    I’m originally from Toronto, but moved to Montreal to study at McGill.
  1. Do you practice any art forms on a professional or amateur level — if so, what are they?
    I do photography and printmaking. I would like to write professionally one day, and maybe combine the three.
  1. What inspires you?
    The people I love! Also views, smells, colours, flowers, windows, food…
  1. If you could suggest a local cultural activity (series, festival, theatre, venue, etc) to someone, what would it be — and why?
    Ooh, it’s hard to say! There’s so much that goes on here, and there is a lot of movement towards safer, more inclusive festivals and venues. Lux Magna is a new one that I enjoyed. The first show that I went to after moving to Montreal was in the Red Roof Church, which was weird and funny and memorable.
  1. What’s your favourite word, and why?
    Cozy! It’s how I want to be.
  1. What’s your least favourite word, and why?
    Precisely. Too definitive, and I don’t like the sound.


Isabelle Shi – Membership Services Assistant

  1. What attracted you to work for an organization like ELAN?
    Working in the arts and culture sector is something I’ve always been interested in, but didn’t think would actually be possible. So I was quite excited when the opportunity arose. Also, I thought it would be a great way of becoming more involved with the artistic communities of Montreal.
  2. What was your background before coming to ELAN?
    I’m a Political Science student at McGill University. Still am, actually. I’ve done some editing and translating work.
  3. Do you practice any art forms on a professional or amateur level — if so, what are they?
    Nothing on a professional level, but I write and draw. Writing is probably my biggest artistic passion. Writing a novel has been one of my life goals for as long as I can remember. I used to play the piano competitively, too—but not non-competitively, somehow—but that was several years ago.
  4. What inspires you?
    All sorts of things, often at unpredictable times. Association of ideas can get really weird. I think it’s more fun to just let it happen and not question it too much.
  5. If you could suggest a local cultural activity (series, festival, theatre, venue, etc) to someone, what would it be — and why?
    This is a difficult question! Montreal has so many great cultural events and activities going on. There’s definitely something for everyone. That said, if you’re interested in comic books, graphic novels, movies, video games, and other kinds of popular media, I would definitely recommend checking out the Montreal Comiccon. These types of conventions are always a great blend of popular entertainment and both professional and fan creativity.
  6. What’s your favourite word, and why?
    I think instead of one favourite word, I’d say that there are tiers of words. Three tiers. Maybe even four. That said, I think “serenely” is one of the funniest possible adverbs to tack onto a verb depending on context.
  7.  What’s your least favourite word, and why?
    I don’t hate it, but “harbinger” let me down pretty personally when I realized that it wasn’t spelled “harbringer.” Now reading it the right way makes me think of Bing, the search engine.


Jennifer Broydell – Special Projects Assistant

  1. What attracted you to work for an organization like ELAN?
    As a student of Art History imagining professional life after graduation, I’ve been trying to find my place in the arts community. A not-for-profit arts organization like ELAN seemed to be a good fit for my skills, interests and values.

  2. What was your background before coming to ELAN?
    My background is in research, education and communications. I’ve worked in a variety of professional environments, from tech start-ups to contemporary art galleries to academia, Ottawa to Seoul to Montreal (I moved here on a whim in 2014 and haven’t looked back).
  3. Do you practice any art forms on a professional or amateur level – if so, what are they?
    I like to experiment with film photography and collage, but I am by no means a professional.

  4. What inspires you?
    When people I admire are open about their own flaws, insecurities and failures, breaking the illusion that they are some kind of superhuman.

  5. If you could suggest a local cultural activity (series, festival, theatre, venue, etc) to someone, what would it be – and why?
    I appreciate the work that Slut Island Festival does to showcase marginalized artists, like those who identify as queer, trans/non-binary/gender-nonconforming, POC and/or people with disabilities. The organizers do their best to ensure that event venues are safe(er) and accessible (a huge issue in Montreal), prioritizing an anti-oppressive approach.

  6. What’s your favourite word, and why?
    To be honest, I’m having a challenging time answering this question as there are so many words that I hold dear – some for the way my fingers feel when I handwrite their letters (especially letters with loops), others for the way my mouth feels when I speak their sounds (“phenomenological”), and many more for the meaning they evoke.

    I especially love words with silent letters or interesting phonetic features, like “knife” and “phlegm.” More often, I use the words “wonderful,” “lovely” and “super” a lot in casual text/in-person conversation.

  7. What’s your least favourite word, and why?
    I know some exist, but I genuinely can’t think of any at this moment.


Krista Muir – Communications Assistant for Arts Alive! Québec

  1. What attracted you to work for an organization like ELAN?
    Ultimately the community. As an artist, arts advocate and long-time ELAN member, when the opportunity arose for me to work in-house on the regional project Arts Alive! Québec my curiosity was piqued.
  2. What was your background before coming to ELAN?
    It’s a long, long story… After graduating from Mcgill I worked in film and television for several years in Toronto. Missing school (!) I completed a Grad Dip in Communications at Concordia that segued into life as a full time professional touring musician. After seeing my quirky electro pop alter ego Lederhosen Lucil at a great little dive bar, DJ Kid Koala (friend/creative co-conspirator) invited me to tour North America/Europe. After touring and recording albums for over a decade I dug my heels into arts education – studying with ukulele virtuoso James Hill and facilitating collaborative songwriting workshops. Composing for film/tv/interactive media and writing custom commissions are also still ongoing.
  3. Do you practice any art forms on a professional or amateur level — if so, what are they?
    Yes! Many art forms at various levels. I’m primarily a professional composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and performer and have engineered, produced and mixed several albums. I’ve also produced, hosted and performed at many multi-disciplinary shows where I enjoy conceptualizing and constructing costumes and working with designers to create sets in order to create an immersive experience. I’m also an embroiderer, culinary enthusiast, baladi dancer, digital storyteller…
  4. What inspires you?
    Nature, people, food…the moon!
  5. If you could suggest a local cultural activity (series, festival, theatre, venue, etc) to someone, what would it be — and why?I love organ music – the rich sound and beauty of being in a grandiose space – so I would suggest checking out one of the organ festivals Montreal has on offer. ELAN is located opposite the St. James United Church and they have a beautiful Casavant organ and have both PWYC concerts and ticketed events this summer.
  6. What’s your favourite word, and why?
    Plethora. It’s just fun to say and randomly popped into my head!
    So favourite word of the moment…
  7. What’s your least favourite word, and why?
    Moist. Just because.

 

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

Mécènes Investis Pour Les Arts (Patrons Invested in the Arts)

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.

Film / Media

  • Surplace Media presents: Guerrilla Filmmaking 101 with Paul Shore from JULY 9 – AUGUST 20, 2018. Click here for details.

Multidisciplinary / General

  • YES Montreal is offering a free workshop on how to make a living with your art: Jump Start Your Art & Financing Options on JULY 9, 2018. Click here for details.
  • YES Montreal is offering a free workshop with the Legal Information Clinic at McGill: Learn@Lunch: Consumer Protection Act on JULY 10, 2018. Click here for details.
  • YES Montreal is offering Business Skills for Creative Youth, a free program to help young artists of all disciplines develop their artistic careers. Summer session begins JULY 13, 2018. Deadline to apply is JULY 8, 2018. Click here for details.

Music

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

Visual Arts

  • Atelier de Brésoles is offering drawing and painting classes for all levels in a stimulating small-group environment. Learn new skills to improve your drawing and painting process. Two locations: Old Montreal and Hudson, Quebec. Click here for details.

Writing / Literature

  • Surplace Media is offering a poetry workshop: Tentacular Thinking & Writing with Sarah Burgoyne on JULY 8, 2018. Click here for details.
  • Surplace Media is offering a poetry workshop: Fail Better: Reading Group & Poetry Workshop with Domenica Martinello on JULY 12, 2018. Click here for details.
  • Surplace Media is offering a writing workshop: Promiscuous Forms: Reading and Writing Across Genres with Kasia van Schaik on JULY 22, 2018. 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 (marilynn@regardsmarilynn.com). Click here for details.

Film & Media

  • The National Film Board of Canada’s Quebec / Atlantic Studio is seeking proposal submissions from emerging and established filmmakers. Deadline is AUGUST 8, 2018. Click here for details.

Multidisciplinary / General

  • YES Montreal is hosting What the Pop! A pop-up boutique featuring performing arts, music, writing, visual arts, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and multimedia! Want to participate? Deadline to submit is JULY 22, 2018. Click here for details.

Music

  • Founded by ELAN member Aaron Salomanaaronmusic 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 MusicForTV@gmail.com.

Visual Arts

  • Journeys Through Health is an annual community-based visual arts exhibition offering a space of reflection for all who are touched by illness. The exhibition will be displayed at the Montreal General Hospital. Artists are invited to submit their artworks exploring the transformative potential of illness and healing. Deadline is SEPTEMBER 10, 2018. 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 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.
  • War. Colonization / Decolonization. Displacement. Safety. Welcome. Home. ELAN Member Jan Jorgensen is seeking poetry and flash fiction for a chapbook anthology to be sold as part of a fund-raising effort to benefit a Syrian family sponsored by Christ Church Cathedral. Contributors based in Montreal are invited to read their accepted submission. Payment: contributor’s copy. Authors retain their respective copyrights. For more information or to submit your poem or flash fiction, send a PDF attachment and a word or .odt document to Jan at lawnchairsoiree@gmail.com. Deadline is AUGUST 1, 2018. Click here for details.
Guy Rodgers with Patrick Lloyd Brennan, Managing Director of Quebec Drama Federation

Photo by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

July is a month for the great outdoors, staycations, or whatever form of great escape is most therapeutic for you. It is also a splendid month for day trips and outdoor festivals. Arts Alive! Québec will be at Huntingdon in the Chateauguay valley on Saturday July 8, the Morrin Centre in Quebec City (August 3-4), and Knowlton in the Eastern Townships (August 3-5). These are all beautiful places to visit with wonderful activities and events lined up, so I hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, back in the office we have had some changes in staff. Naima Phillips, who joined ELAN last fall as our Membership Services Coordinator, has had to leave us. During her eight months with us, Naima made a strong contribution toward implementing new services and incorporating membership more deeply into ELAN’s processes, projects, and communications. We wish Naima all the best.

Emily Enhorning, who was working with Naima as membership assistant, has assumed the role of Interim Membership Services Coordinator. Emily will be assisted by Isabelle Shi (Membership Assistant) and Jennifer Broydell (Special Projects Assistant) over the summer months as we complete a major overhaul of ELAN’s on-line membership system. Krista Muir has also joined us for the summer as Arts Alive! Québec Communications Assistant. We are pleased to welcome such a skilled and enthusiastic group to our team.

We are also writing final reports on projects from last winter/spring, and preparing new projects for the fall, as well as ELAN’s 14th Annual General Meeting on August 27. We will have plenty of news next month. For now, let’s make the most of the fleeting pleasures of July.

 

Guy Rodgers
Executive Director

Save the date!

ELAN’s next AGM will take place on Monday, August 27!


ELAN’s board consists of two members per discipline (music, dance, visual arts, film and video, theatre, writing and publishing) plus two members to represent the regions of Quebec (outside Greater Montreal), an arts presenter, and a corporate representative. Three of these seats are filled by representatives from the Quebec Writers’ Federation, the Quebec Drama Federation, and the Association of English-language Publishers. Board members are elected for two-year terms.

All ELAN members in good standing (those who have paid membership fees) can nominate a fellow artist or cultural worker for ELAN’s board of directors. If you think one of your colleagues would make a good representative of the English-speaking artistic community, contact us for a nomination form at admin@quebec-elan.org, and submit the signed nomination form by July 16.

Seats up for election at AGM 2018

Dance Representative (1)
Visual Arts Representative (1)
Theatre Representative (1)
Music Representative (1)
Arts Presenter Representative (1)
Corporate Representative (1)

We hope to see you there!

Circus Arts

Film/Media

  • Wapikoni Mobile is hiring a Youth Outreach Worker and Filmmaker Mentors for a four-week contract between MAY – OCTOBER 2019. Click here for details. 
  • Wapikoni Mobile is hiring a Financing & Partnerships Manager. Deadline is JULY 30, 2018. Click here for details.

Multidisciplinary / General

  • Folie / Culture is hiring an Administrative Assistant. Deadline is AUGUST 3, 2018. Click here for details. Please note that this posting is only available in French.
  • Centre Phi is hiring a Digital Content Coordinator. Deadline is JULY 7, 2018. Click here for details. Please note that this posting is only available in French.
  • CJLO 1690AM is hiring a Station Manager. Deadline is JULY 19, 2018. Click here for details.

Theatre

  • Silk Road Institute is casting for its independent production of The Domestic Crusaders, by Wajahat Ali, directed by Deborah Forde. Auditions will be held JULY 12, 2018 from 1PM – 5PM at the Black Theatre Workshop. Deadline to apply is JULY 9, 2018. Click here for details.
  • Centaur Theare is hiring an Administrative Assistant. Deadline is AUGUST 8, 2018. Click here for details.

Visual Arts

  • FOFA Gallery is hiring a Curatorial Intern. This is a full-time, temporary position. $16.00 / hour. Deadline is JULY 22, 2018. Click here for details.
  • Articule is hiring a Communications and Events Assistant. Deadline is AUGUST 6, 2018. Click here for details.

We thank everyone who came out on June 11, 2018 for the ELAN & FRINGE Schmoozer! We had a great time meeting, speaking and ‘schmoozing’ with all of you!

Here are a few photos from the event:

Photos by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin