• Visual Arts
    Adad Hannah

    Born in New York and raised variously in Israel, England, and Vancouver, for the last nine years multi-media artist Adad Hannah has lived in Montreal, where he has pushed open the borders between the body and installation art by fusing the two in thoroughly evocative ways. Han...

  • Theatre
    Eric Davis

    Eric Davis is an actor committed to making art in Montreal. He says he has chosen this city (and country) over getting caught up in “the mainstream star system of our US neighbours.” Working with local theatres such as Tableau D’Hôte and Geordie Product...

  • Music
    Benjamin Hatcher

     “A work of art does not simply observe reality,” says ballet dancer Benjamin Hatcher, “It is purposeful, inspires us to achieve greater awareness, and brings about change.” Such are the philosophical underpinnings behind the graceful movements of ...

  • Writing
    Mary di Michele

    A longstanding pillar of the creative writing program at Concordia University, the much-anthologized poet Mary di Michele is regarded as one of the country’s most prolific chroniclers in verse of the Italian-Canadian experience. Since her first volume, Tree of August...

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.