• Writing
    Merrily Weisbord

    Active on both page and screen for over three decades, Montreal-born writer and broadcaster Merrily Weisbord’s broad cultural contributions include four books, five television shows, and a slew of journalism, short fiction, and poetry. In 1983 she emerged with the non-fi...

  • 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...

  • Music
    Red Mass

    A veritable movement in Montreal’s garage/punk underground, over the last several years the Red Mass collective has amassed over thirty musicians in its ranks. Instigated largely by Roy Vucino (aka Choyce) and bassist, The Roller, after the demise of their short-lived bu...

  • Film and Television
    Ellen David

    Popular with audiences and constantly working, actor Ellen David has collaborated with many names in film and theatre. The comic performer appears to be especially popular with Montreal writer Steve Galuccio and celebrated Quebec film director Denys Arcand. She was cast in 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.