Montrealer Dimitri Nasrallah is a novelist, short story writer, and music critic. His novel, Blackbodying, about two Lebanese citizens and their differing routes to Canada, was co-winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation McAuslan First Book Award and a finalist ...
MusicThe Besnard Lakes
Fronted by the husband-and-wife duo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, art-rock band The Besnard Lakes has been playing Montreal’s stages to ever-growing fanfare since 2001. Formed as a sideline to Lasek’s main gig as an in-demand producer and co-owner of Breakglass St...
George Rideout writes plays that reflect his fascination with both cross-cultural relationships and great social change. A Québécois family plays host to a bewildered, Ontario-born English professor in The Anglophone is Coming to Dinn...
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 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.