• Film and Television
    Kevin Tierney

    A film producer with an enviable track record for having his finger on the pulse of the public, Kevin Tierney, with his company Park Ex Pictures, has developed some of the most talked-about Canadian film productions of the last decade. A 1978 Concordia graduate, Tierney is bes...

  • Music
    Susie Arioli

    These days she’s considered one of Montreal’s most successful jazz-and-blues vocalists, but back in the nineties, Susie Arioli was singing in the backrooms of the city’s many jazz clubs, trying to catch a break. That break came when Arioli met guitar player J...

  • Music
    Connie Kaldor

    A recipient of both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Order of Canada, it’s with great surprise that English folk singer/songwriter Connie Kaldor has, by her own admission, a relatively low profile within the Quebec arts communities. Although she has lived h...

  • Theatre
    Stéphanie Breton

    Montreal Gazette’s Bill Brownstein called Stéphanie Breton “one of the hardest working actors in this city” and her performance in the 2007 Centaur production Trying was nominated for a Masques Award. In the 2009 Fringe Festival hit comedy,

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.