Joel Miller started playing saxophone at the age of 10 and at 18 he left his hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick to move to Montreal to pursue his dream of being a jazz musician. Since completing his degree at McGill University, he has recorded many original compositions feat...
Visual ArtsNadia Myre
Nadia Myre brings her Algonquin ancestry to her multidisciplinary art. From 2000–02, a group she led beaded over The Indian Act, a 55-page document. In 2005, she started The Scar Project, an ongoing “open lab,” where viewers sew their scars ...
Film and TelevisionTracey Deer
From the age of 12, Tracey Deer wanted to be a filmmaker. After studying film at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, she now makes award-winning films that offer a glimpse into Aboriginal issues. In Club Native (2008), Deer looks deeply into the ...
The 2007 recipient of the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding artistic achievement in dance, Chanti Wadge has been exploring the boundaries of bodily movement since 1999. In this period, she has cultivated a distinctive style incorporating...
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.