• Film and Television
    Karen Cho

    Through her films, Karen Cho recounts untold histories and explores themes of immigration and social justice. The award-winning documentary, In the Shadow of Gold Mountain, explored the legacy of Canada’s Chinese head tax. Her feature-length documentary, See...

  • Visual Arts
    Melvin Charney

    Montrealer Melvin Charney’s relationship with art and architecture can be traced back to confrontations over urban development, with Montréal plus ou moins, a 1972 exhibition that looked at quality of life after the massive changes of that era, and Co...

  • Music
    Think About Life

    Following in the footsteps of dance-punk bands like The Rapture and local loft-party legends The Unicorns, indie-rock band Think About Life formed in 2005, emerging out of a vibrant scene of ever-growing parties in empty factory spaces along the fringes of Mile-End, Griffintow...

  • Music
    Chet Doxas

    Child prodigies in music are an inspiration to us all, so Quebecers will be pleased to learn that among this rarefied group is their very own Chet Doxas.  Classically trained on the piano and drums since the age of four, by the age of thirteen Doxas had played his first p...

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.