• Visual Arts
    Daniel Olson

    Daniel Olson is an installation artist and sculptor whose detailed and sometimes haunting work has been seen in countless galleries across Canada. His eye for detail comes across in the 1998 installation, Private Investigation, which recreates a classic private ey...

  • Theatre
    Lorne Elliot

    The Montreal Mirror called Lorne Elliott a “national treasure.” For 11 seasons (1995–2006) he hosted CBC radio’s Madly Off in all Directions, which criss-crossed Canada showcasing local comic and music talent in every corner of the country. Eac...

  • Multidisciplinary
    Norman Nawrocki

    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...

  • Visual Arts
    Anthony Burnham

    A graduate of Concordia’s fine arts program, painter, and vinyl sculptor Anthony Burnham has spent the past decade building his reputation as one of Quebec’s promising young visual artists. An alumnus of the 1999 France-Quebec Arts Exchange, Burnham’s artwork...

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.