• Theatre
    Chip Chuipka

    Chip Chuipka has acted in over 100 stage productions, working twice with legendary director Robert Lepage in National Capitale Nationale and Roméo et Juliette, and he has appeared on numerous Canadian stages, including the National Arts Centre, the Pra...

  • Multidisciplinary
    Dayna McLeod

    Dayna McLeod is a writer, video and performance artist whose work is exhibited worldwide. She created and manages 52 Pick-Up, a video website where participants create a video each week for an entire year. She has been invited to queer events in Poland, Turkey, and Toronto, and her th...

  • Theatre
    Anna Papadakos

    Anna Papadakos is an innovative artist and producer whose work has left its mark on the Montreal theatre scene, as well as being presented nationally and internationally.   Born in Montreal, Papadakos moved back in her twenties to study Literature at Concordia Univer...

  • Music
    Thee Silver Mt. Zion

    One of the numerous offshoots to spring out of the short-lived but legendary Montreal instrumental-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion is now over a decade old. Originally a side-project for Efrim Menuck to explore fringes of sound not opened by G...

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.