• Film and Television
    Daniel Cross

    Filmmaker Daniel Cross has given a camera to a squeegee kid, a voice to the displaced, peered into Islamic punk, and told stories of Inuit teens and Chinese villagers. Cross is president of Montreal’s EyesSteelFilms, which in 2007 produced Up the Yangtze, the st...

  • 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...

  • Music
    Courtney Wing

    Courtney Wing is a perfect example of what happens when a rich mixture of musical heritages all live and perform within a few square kilometers of each other. An orchestral folk-pop bandleader who fronts a 15-piece orchestra replete with two violins, double bass, drum kit, syn...

  • Music
    Krista Muir

    Krista Muir is a composer and musician who performed under her alter ego Lederhosen Lucil for six years until she fell in love with the ukulele in 2006. As Lucil, she played vintage keyboard electro pop and released several independent singles and two full-length albums, H...

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.