• Writing
    Jeffrey Moore

    Relatively few Canadian writers ever win the significant international awards, but Montreal’s Jeffrey Moore managed just that back in 2000 with his first novel, Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain.  A searing satire of academia first published by a Saskatchewan sm...

  • 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
    Karen Trask

    Authors take the book form for granted as a vehicle of ideas, but for visual artist Karen Trask the book’s paper, print, binding, and potentials are themselves the center of a thriving body of work.   Weaving her unique vision of concrete poetry through mediums...

  • Music
    Dan Seligman

    Music promoter Dan Seligman is a driving force for Montreal’s thriving indie music scene. He is creative director of Pop Montreal, a festival he launched in 2002 with Noelle Sorbara and Peter Rowan; promoter for Plants and Animals and The Arcade Fire, whose Quebec shows ...

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.