“A work of art does not simply observe reality,” says ballet dancer Benjamin Hatcher, “It is purposeful, inspires us to achieve greater awareness, and brings about change.” Such are the philosophical underpinnings behind the graceful movements of ...
Exploding onto the international scene in 1996, turntablist Kid Koala (aka Montrealer Eric San) became the first North American to sign with legendary British label Ninja Tune. He brought with him an unabashedly original DJing style, in which he used elements from hip hop scra...
Film and TelevisionEzra Soiferman
Filmmaker Ezra Soiferman finds iconic street-level subjects and tells their stories in humorous documentaries. After looking at the mythologized Montreal diner, Cosmos, in Man of Grease (2000), a documentary film nominated for a Jutra Award for Best Documentary in 200...
Paul Hopkins began his career acting with Montreal theatre companies, including the Saidye Bronfman Theatre (now the Segal Centre), Geordie Productions, and Repercussion Theatre, which has been performing Shakespeare in Montreal parks since 1990. His work with Repercussion 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.