• Theatre
    Alain Goulem

    Equally at ease in front of Quebec’s theatrical audiences as well as under the bright lights of Hollywood studios, bilingual actor Alain Goulem is a born-and-bred Montrealer whose work frequently takes him all over the continent. Goulem’s long career began with chi...

  • Film and Television
    John N. Smith

    John N. Smith is an internationally respected filmmaker, best known for the 1992 drama, The Boys of St. Vincent, set in an abusive Catholic orphanage in the 1970s. He began his career working at the CBC, producing the public affairs program, The Way It Is<...

  • Music
    Lori Freedman

    One of Canada’s most accomplished clarinetists, Lori Freedman boasts a critically acclaimed career that runs over three decades and displays her equally at home in both contemporary classical and avant-garde settings. Since 1981, her work has appeared on over 28 CDs, and...

  • 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...

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.