• 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...

  • Visual Arts
    Mary Sui Yee Wong

    A multidisciplinary visual artist whose work evokes the issues of identity and cultural diversity surrounding her various roles as a Chinese-Canadian artist, a mother and a community worker, Mary Sui Yee Wong has been a continuous presence on both the local and international v...

  • Visual Arts
    Lorraine Simms

    Lorraine Simms has painted subjects as diverse as mechanical hearts to portraits of women wanted for fraud. Firmly committed to painting as a means of engaging with the world, her practice has been developed in thematic series that are linked formally and conceptually. Her ong...

  • Music
    Katie Moore

    Operating at the crossroads between folk music and indie-rock, Katie Moore has built a distinctive sound from blending old and new. Moore got her start at Montreal’s longstanding bluegrass open-mic night at the Barfly, where she first gained recognition in the local musi...

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.