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    Joel Miller

    Joel Miller started playing saxophone at the age of 10 and at 18 he left his hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick to move to Montreal to pursue his dream of being a jazz musician. Since completing his degree at McGill University, he has recorded many original compositions feat...

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    Melissa Auf Der Maur

    To rock musicians along Boulevard St. Laurent, Melissa Auf Der Maur is a lifelong Montrealer - daughter of boulevardier-journalist-politician Nick Auf Der Maur and translator Linda Gaboriau -  who got to live the rock n’ roll dream. In her early-twenties, th...

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    Think About Life

    Following in the footsteps of dance-punk bands like The Rapture and local loft-party legends The Unicorns, indie-rock band Think About Life formed in 2005, emerging out of a vibrant scene of ever-growing parties in empty factory spaces along the fringes of Mile-End, Griffintow...

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    Derek Yaple-Schobert

    Well-traveled and talented pianist Derek Yaple-Schobert guides newcomers as well as seasoned concertgoers on musical journeys enriched by personal commentary.  His recitals feature a broad spectrum of the immortals, such as Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Prokofiev ...

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.