• Writing
    Rawi Hage

    Few contemporary authors have received international acclaim as quickly as Lebanese writer/photographer Rawi Hage. In rapid succession, he published two of the most widely discussed Canadian novels of the past decade: De Niro’s Game (2006) and Cockroach

  • Theatre
    Vittorio Rossi

    Vittorio Rossi dramatizes the lives of Montreal characters, often Italian-Canadians, who live in his native borough of Ville Émard, and transports them to theatre stages from Stratford to New York City. His stories of recognizable people in both comic and tragic situati...

  • Music
    The Dears

    Founded in 1995 by native Montrealer Murray Lightburn, The Dears draft a more artful Britpop swagger onto the ragged framework of Boulevard St. Laurent romanticism. In 2000, local indie-label Grenadine Records released their debut album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime St...

  • Writing
    Ann Charney

    Named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 2006, novelist and essayist Ann Charney has spent the past 35 years cultivating a broad literary career. Her 1975 debut novel, the widely translated Dobryd, has been reissued by ...

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.