• Music
    Elin Soderstrom

    An aficionado of the viola de gamba ever since she attended a recital by Catalan composer Jordi Savalla, over the years Elin Soderstrom has become one of Canada’s foremost appreciators of the instrument. With a post-graduate degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hagu...

  • Dance
    Margie Gillis

    Internationally acclaimed modern dance artist Margie Gillis has been creating original works for over thirty-five years. Born in Montreal to a family of accomplished athletes, Gillis began taking ballet and gymnastics lessons at the age of three. In 1981, she founded the Margi...

  • Visual Arts
    Ana Rewakowicz

    Ana Rewakowicz creates whimsical art through inflatable sculptures that are worn or entered by the visitor. Her playful design and technological fascination explore private and public spaces, with Rewakowicz drawing inspiration from the experiences of the peop...

  • Writing
    Monique Polak

    Monique Polak has a gift for knowing how to write socially charged issues for young adult readers. On the Game was inspired by a group of Quebec City girls from seemingly ordinary families who were recruited as prostitutes. Polak uses her skills as a freelance journal...

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.