• Music
    Kid Koala

    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...

  • 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...

  • Film and Television
    Cynthia Scott

    Filmmaker  has managed on several occasions to find wide audiences for artistic and innovative films. She won the 1983 Academy Award for her short documentary, Flamenco at 5:15. In 1990, she made the feature-length semi-documentary/semi-fiction f...

  • Film and Television
    Alana Cymerman

    A budding director and screenwriter with potential to burn, Alana Cymerman began her career in the local film and television industry as a location manager and scout, working on Montreal shoots with such respected directors as Steven Spielberg, Denys Arcand...

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.