A recipient of both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Order of Canada, it’s with great surprise that English folk singer/songwriter Connie Kaldor has, by her own admission, a relatively low profile within the Quebec arts communities. Although she has lived h...
Anarchist, activist, and unconventional artist, Norman Nawrocki embodies the bohemianism, punk audacity, and individualistic verve of Montreal’s creative independence. Born in Vancouver, he arrived to Quebec in 1981, where he at first dabbled in the cabaret arts.&n...
Teesri Duniya Theatre has a motto: “Change the world, one play at a time.” Playwright and activist, Rahul Varma, its current artistic director, co-founded the theatre in 1981. Originally intended as a place where South Asian Canadians could express themselves theat...
alcides lanza is a prodigious avant-garde musician and composer. Born in Argentina in 1929, he studied composition and electronic music and moved to New York in 1965 on a Guggenheim fellowship. While there, he worked at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and studie...
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.