MusicPlants and Animals
By the time Parc Avenue was named finalist for the 2008 Polaris Prize, as well as a 2009 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year, practically everyone paying attention to Montreal’s anglo-rock renaissance knew that Plants and Animals were b...
David Solway ranks among the most highly regarded contemporary contributors to Montreal’s heritage as a city of poetry. Born in 1941, his poems first saw publication in 1962, and he has since published twelve poetry collections, many of which find inspiration in th...
Eric Davis is an actor committed to making art in Montreal. He says he has chosen this city (and country) over getting caught up in “the mainstream star system of our US neighbours.” Working with local theatres such as Tableau D’Hôte and Geordie Product...
Equally at home in the worlds of jazz, contemporary classical, and electro-acoustic composition, shape-shifting guitarist Tim Brady has blended many of Montreal’s musical antecedents into a richly complex and international career. In 1997, Guitar Player magazine named th...
The vision behind ELAN’s Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles ! project was simple: Artists need to be part of a community, and communities need artists. Quebec is not simple. It is a complex mix of linguistic, geographic and cultural communities. Most of Quebec’s “English-speaking” artists are bilingual, trilingual or multilingual. Many were born in Quebec where their families have lived for generations, while others immigrated here as children or were drawn as adults for a wide variety of reasons. RAEV reveals a surprising diversity of stories.
Peers and fans proposed more than 1,700 artists for ELAN's RAEV project. The 154 artists selected for this “group portrait” represent multiple artistic disciplines, regions and career stages: from internationally renowned icons to emerging artists creating a buzz in the local scene. These short bios are a snapshot of a much larger artistic community.*
The videoclips show 24 artists at work and ask questions about what it means to be part of a minority community that is also connected to an international linguistic majority. Being a minority/majority within a majority/minority creates unpredictable identities.
These essays place the current artistic renaissance in a historical context, outlining major characters, events and previously undocumented stories. The interactive format invites readers to enrich the content by adding their own anecdotes and personal memories.
*Note: The RAEV project features living artists but in the future we will be adding a section to honour the memory of artists from past generations.