• Dance
    Elizabeth Langley

    A long-time professor of contemporary dance at Concordia University, since 1979 Elizabeth Langley has become synonymous with the fabric of the many aspiring, young dancers who pass through her studio every year. Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1933, she got her start as many ...

  • Theatre
    John C. Dinning

    John C. Dinning is a celebrated scenographer who has been designing theatre sets, props, and costumes for three decades. He has worked across Canada with many theatre companies, including the Shaw Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects, and the Grand Theatre. In Montreal, he has r...

  • 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...

  • Writing
    Naire Holtz

    In 2007, Nairne Holtz released her debut novel, The Skin Beneath, and went on to win the Alice B. Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction, become a finalist for the QWF McAuslan First Book Prize, and have the Globe and Mail call her “a writer to watch.” Since then...

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.