• Music
    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...

  • Music
    Sala Rossa

    In the decade since they first opened, the Sala Rossa (4848 St. Laurent) and Casa del Popolo (4873 St. Laurent) have become the preferred venues for practically every independent artist looking to make an impression on the Montreal arts community. Opened by lo...

  • Multidisciplinary
    Marianne Ackerman

    An Ontario native drawn to French culture, writer/journalist Marianne Ackerman moved to Montreal in 1981, where she undertook a career as a freelance journalist, eventually becoming theatre critic for The Gazette in 1984. Not content to observe from the sidelines, in ...

  • Theatre
    Vittorio Rossi

    Vittorio Rossi dramatizes the lives of Montreal characters, often Italian-Canadians, who live in his native borough of Ville Émard, and transports them to theatre stages from Stratford to New York City. His stories of recognizable people in both comic and tragic situati...

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.