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Textures: An Experimental “Cocktail” Party

March 28, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

***Registration: http://bit.ly/sotatextures***
*******Registration is mandatory!*******
**************Free Entry**************

Vegan hors d’oeuvres will be provided! Gluten free options available.
Drinks can be purchased at the bar.
Standing room, but seating will be available.
Suggested dress code: Wear something pink!
Contact: Christale Terris at sota@quebec-elan.org

Join us for an interactive evening to learn about the results of our survey, the pitch projects, art affirmation projects worth getting involved with, networking, collaborating, and more!

For months we’ve been in conversation with you. We have met one-on-one and in groups. We have read your survey responses, asked for your opinions, and learned beside you about what is the state of the arts in Quebec. What we’ve learned is important: It’s not easy out there.

That said, our richness is rooted in our diversity and our strength rests in our ability to act collaboratively in the creation of “arts communities” that are physically, socially, economically, and environmentally accessible. Why must we do this work? How do we begin or continue the work? What can we learn from each other tonight that might help us?

TEXTURES is an experimental “cocktail party” that invites participants to explore these questions through playful collaboration and the act of sharing food. We ask that you come prepared to engage with each other but also know its okay to observe. Together, we decide the direction of the evening.

We will be serving an eclectic menu of hors d’oeuvres in relation to the evening’s activities. The menu is entirely vegan and ingredients will be sourced sustainability whenever possible.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive cross-disciplinary activities! Participation is not required but the activities will be fun!

DRESS CODE: WEAR PINK!? Help us brighten up the space by adding something pink to your wardrobe for the night! A scarf? A broach? A one piece bodysuit? Some accent pieces will be available in case you forget. We suggest pink simply because its fun!

This event was designed by Christale Terris and will be catered together with Sebastian DiPoi, Sophie Beauchamp-Lizotte, Ana Castillo and countless volunteers. For more information about the menu or to organize an experimental eating event with us contact: xtalepod@riseup.net.


Location: Bar Le Ritz – This bar is wheelchair accessible, with accessible stalls and gender neutral washrooms. We reserve the right to cap attendance to ensure folks with mobility devices have the space they need to enjoy the event.

Address: 179 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal, QC H2R 2Y9

Public Transit: The nearest metro station with elevators is Jean Talon, from here the 92 Ouest can be taken to Rue Jean Talon and Clark. From this corner it is about a 10 minute walk/commute to the venue.

Accessibility Audit: http://qpirgmcgill.org/radfrosh/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Bar-le-ritz-P.D.B.-RAAP-Audit-English.pdf

Information about the event: Expect low lighting, ambient sound/music, video projections, and collaborative activities that involve engaging with strangers. Guests will primarily be standing up but priority seating is available upon request and chairs will be set up. This event will take place in a bar therefore no one under the age of 18 is allowed. Please note that alcohol will be available for purchase in the space, but there will also be non-alcoholic beverages.

ASL Translation: So far we do not have anyone to provide ASL translation at this event but we are doing our best to find someone.

TEXTURES will take place in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory. Tiohtiá:ke, now inhabited by a diversity of Indigenous Nations and settlers, was historically a gathering place of many Nations. We would like to acknowledge that as settlers, we the organizers were not invited to Tiohtiá:ke, but we are honoured to have the opportunity to live here and to host these events.

– Special Thanks –

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Canada Council for the Arts! Thanks so much, without your support SotA would not be possible.

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada, du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, du Conseil des arts de Montréal, et du Conseil des arts du Canada.


Bar Le Ritz PDB
179 Jean Talon West
Montreal, QC Canada
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Bar Le Ritz PDB
179 Jean Talon West
Montreal, QC Canada
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460 Sainte-Catherine West
Suites 706 & 708, 917 (Quebec Relations)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1A7
Phone: (514)-935-3312

Click here to view our Accessibility Audit.

ELAN is an official minority language organization within a country that recognizes two languages as official. ELAN is located in Tiohtiak:ke, the original name for Montreal in Kanien’keha:ka, the language of the Mohawk—also known as Mooniyang, which is the Anishinaabeg name given to the city by the Algonquin. While we are based in this city, our projects have also taken place in many regions across Quebec.

We acknowledge the colonial origin of English and French in Canada, and recognize that both languages benefit from official status throughout the land. The province that we know as Quebec is an amalgamation of the traditional territories of the Innu and Inuit nations, Algonquian nations, as well as the Mohawk nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Kanien’keha:ka and Anishinaabeg are but two of the original languages of this province; Atikamekw, Cree, Inuktitut, and Innu-aimun are also among the many Indigenous languages spoken across Quebec as majority languages, all well before French and English.

ELAN acknowledges the important work being done by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to revive the traditional languages of these territories, and their advocacy for the official status of Indigenous languages.