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NFB Information Session, November 17, 2016 
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Director's MessageGuy Rodgers
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The year 2016 will go into the annals as the year of policy consultation. ELAN invested an exceptional amount of time and energy consulting with our members and community and writing briefs.

Our efforts began with the Quebec Ministry of Culture’s first review of its cultural policy in 25 years. We submitted a brief in April and met with Quebec Minister of Culture and Communication, Luc Fortin in August.

Then came the Department of Canadian Heritage’s quinquennial review of Official Language programs, which are of vital importance to ELAN and our members. We submitted our brief in November. Next week ELAN will accompany the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to Ottawa for a consultation with senior officials from Canadian Heritage and Mr. Randy Boissonnault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. 

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Member Database Update

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*MEMBERS, please note: Our new membership database will be up soon. In the meantime:

We'll let you know when the new system is up and running!

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TONIGHT: ELAN/McGill Music Mixer

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Thursday, December 1st, 6:30-8:30pm
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, Room A-832 (8th Floor)
527 Sherbrooke St. West

FREE and open to all
Or click 'going' in the Facebook Event

Music students (from any institution): Need a break from studying? Want to connect with professional musicians? 

Professional musicians and music aficionados: Need some inspiration from fresh talent? 

ELAN members and friends from all disciplines: Join us for the final Schmoozer of 2016.
Come wind down with a free glass of wine and good conversation!


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Leonard Cohen in his Montreal home

Photo by Charla Jones for The Globe & Mail

Leonard Cohen: 1934-2016

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Ring the bells that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering / There is a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in. – from Anthem by Leonard Cohen.

The loss of Leonard Cohen has been felt deeply, especially in the Montreal community. It seems that everyone who has spent time in the Plateau has a story about bumping into him, whether spotting him at Bagel Etc… or at The Main delicatessen.  Rue Vallières, where Cohen’s Montreal residence sits beside Parc du Portugal, has been blocked off since his passing, with people gathering every evening, lighting candles, singing and listening to Cohen’s songs and leaving flowers, gifts and love letters. 

He is missed especially by the English-language arts community here in Quebec, and so we thought it best to pay tribute through a selection of recent writings that connect Cohen to his home town.
In the Plateau, Cohen was just another guy 
- Josh Freed, Montreal Gazette

Leonard Cohen embraced the romance and mystery of Montreal 
- Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette

Leonard Cohen «était un vrai héros des Québécois» 
(Leonard Cohen was a true hero for Quebecers)
- Louis-Samuel Perron, La Presse
Leonard Cohen revisits the sounds of his youth in Montreal for new album 
- Robert Everett-Green, Globe & Mail

Leonard Cohen’s Montreal 
- Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker

Listen to You Want it Darker, released just a month before Leonard Cohen’s passing

Listen to The Essential Leonard Cohen
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(Photo by Amy Macdonald)
#DigiCanCon Brief Last week we met with a group of enthusiastic arts professionals to talk about Canadian content in a digital world, and how to move forward in the arts as media changes.

We received so many creative ideas and insightful feedback. Thank you to all those who attended! We incorporated what we heard from you into our brief for the Government of Canada.

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New CALQ Programs

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CALQ has added two new financial aid programs for arts organizations

Mission Support (Info in FR Only)

Offered to organizations who have existed for 5 years or less, Mission Support is available to support all activities related to the organization's artistic mission. Organizations must have a permanent administrative structurte and have activities planned in the medium to long term.  

Deadline: February 1, 2017. Offered every 4 years.

Program Support (Info in FR Only)

Offered on a rolling basis, program support is available to organizations 1 year old or more, that provide seasonal activities or are generally based around specific projects. 

Deadline: Rolling

More information (Info in FR Only)

Sign up for CALQ's free upcoming webinar about its new programs (FR Only)

Is your organization interested in attending an information about new programs? E-mail to be the first to find out about upcoming sessions in the new year. 
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Submit to the Culture-Éducation directory

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The Ministère de la Culture, et des Communications (MCC) invites artists interested in presenting activities in schools to apply to the Répertoire de ressources culture-éducation directory.

This biannual call, open until JANUARY 27, 2017, provides an opportunity to enrich the array of cultural activities available to schools.

The directory, available on the MCC website, includes 1,800+ artists, writers, and cultural organizations—making it an indispensable resource for teachers, school governing boards, artists, and cultural organizations alike.

It is associated with the Culture in the Schools program, where students in every region of Québec are invited to take part in creativeactivities led by professional artists and writers.


Culture in the Schools program information

ELAN'S Application Guide
*This guide was produced in 2013. Please consult the program officer for the most up to date information*

FAQ (FR Only)
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Office Closure

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ELAN will be closed from December 21st to January 2nd. We'll be back and responding to e-mails again as of January 3rd.

Happy holidays!

Experience TOHU
Looking for a gift for the holidays? ELAN members get a 15% discount on TOHU circus productions! Don't forget to show your membership card when you pick up your tickets!
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Visual Arts
  • Galerie ERGA, a unique rental gallery located on Boul. St.Laurent, is available for solo and group exhibitions, pop up shops and media launches. Reserve for your upcoming exhibition today: 514-886-8827
  • CJLO 1690AM is hiring a Program Director, Magazine Editor and RPM Music Director. Apply by DECEMBER 2.
  • CUTV is looking for several media instructors to teach Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe After Effects, Lighting & Green Screen, Protools & Cubase and Scriptwriting & Storyboarding. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but apply by DECEMBER 5 to teach next semester.
  • The Centaur is hiring a Customer Outreach Coordinator, an Artistic & Executive Director and a Head Technician. Apply ASAP.
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  • Sign up for CALQ's webinar to find out all the details on the new programs for organizations before DECEMBER 5. The webinar takes place on DECEMBER 6. 
  • Eastern Bloc is looking for interactive installation/performance, Net art, bio art, audio/video installation, A/V performance, and sound performance submissions for its winter residency. Submit by DECEMBER 16. 
  • The Banff Centre for the Arts is seeking applicants from leaders of arts and culture organizations for it's Social Innovation Residency. Apply by DECEMBER 16.
  • Studio XX call for proposals for the 2017-2018 artist in residency program in research & creation for interdisciplinary works. Apply by JANUARY 15.
  • Spark Box is seeking Canadian visual artists, printmakers, photographers, performance artists, and filmmakers of all levels for a national residency. Apply by FEBRUARY 1.
  • Nuit Rose, Toronto's annual festival of queer-focused performance and art is  accepting submissions from artists, performers, writers, curators, cultural organizations and community businesses. Submit by FEBRUARY 10.
  • Instruments of Happiness is seeking professional and amateur guitarists to participate in a 100 guitar tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Audition on DECEMBER 3.
  • Call for Musicians: School of Music Montreal (SoMM) is looking for musicians of all genres for a fundraising concert on JANUARY 13. Apply by DECEMBER 30.
  • ARTISTA, Imago Theatre's FREE theatre mentorship program for women and women-identifying youth aged 16-21 is seeking submissions. Apply by JANUARY 11. Want to support the ARTISTA program? Donate to the Indiegogo campaign before DECEMBER 23.
  • Thanks to the support of the Evenko foundation, the Geordie Theatre School Bursary, for youth from families in lower economic backgrounds, is back for the Winter Session. Apply by JANUARY 13.
  • The Quebec Drama Federation is seeking designer submissions from past, current and upcoming productions for the upcoming winter calendar launch and designer vernissage! Apply by JANUARY 13 by e-mailing

  • The Montreal Review of Books is looking for new publications for its next issue.  Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, criticism, children’s & YA are all welcome. Submit by DECEMBER 14. 
  • Disquiet is currently accepting contest submissions for The Disquiet Literary Prize for writing in any genre. The top winners in each genre will be published in Guernica (fiction), (nonfiction) and The Common (poetry). Apply by JANUARY 31, 2017.
  • The SLS 2017 fiction/poetry contest is now open to submissions! Winners will have the choice of attending a writing program in Georgia or Kenya, all expenses paid. Apply by FEBRUARY 28.
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  • YES Montreal provides free group coaching for artists, each with a different theme: DECEMBER 1 (Networking) and DECEMBER 15 (Social Media).
  • YES Montreal's FREE Jump Start Your Art session outlines the support services available to artists and touches upon key things to consider when building a career or business in the arts on DECEMBER 5.  
  • YES Montreal's workshop on Inbound Marketing to create more personalized and original marketing content takes place on DECEMBER 6.
  • YES Montreal presents a workshop on Transformational Marketing for Artists on DECEMBER 8. 
  • The Geordie Theatre School early-bird special is now on! Register by DECEMBER 22 and receive 10% off your child's Winter Session. Classes for ages 6-16 are taught by some of Montreal's finest theatre artists.
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  • Infinithéàtre presets The Pipeline, an annual, free staged-reading series with audience discussion featuring the winners of the Write-On-Q! playwriting contest. Give your feedback DECEMBER 2-4.
  • Montreal City Voices, a women's a cappella chorus, presents "MINGLED MELODIES", a Christmas Show on DECEMBER 3 from 1-4pm at Roxboro United Church (116 Cartier St, Roxboro, QC).
  • The Joyful Noise Choir & Morin Heights Elementary School Choir invite you to an evening of Christmas on DECEMBER 8, 7pm at the United Church (831 rue du Village, Morin Heights).
  • The Montreal West End Operatic Society presents Around the World in 80 Minutes: A Musical Review. From Broadway to Grand Opera and ancient Babylon to modern day New York, take a musical trip on DECEMBER 10 + DECEMBER 11 in Montreal and Côte Saint-Luc.
Visual Arts
  • The MaNdA Arts Market, which showcases NDG vendors in support of Notre-Dame-des-Arts, takes place DECEMBER 2 + 3.
  • Kim Vergil presents "Day Residue...a collection of  abstract mixed media DreamScape paintings. Attend the vernissage at 4710 rue St-Ambroise on DECEMBER 3, 1-5pm.
  • The Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School's upcoming Holiday Housewarming Event is on DECEMBER 10 with free wine & snacks, holiday portraits, raffles and the big reveal of January courses. 
  • Lisa Kimberly Glickman's exhibit at the Baie Durfe Public Library (20551 rue Lakeshore) runs until DECEMBER 31.
  • The Women’s Art Society of Montreal invites you to become a member! The society gathers bimonthly on Tuesdays at the McCord Museum to listen to great talks. Come connect with like-minded people who enjoy the arts by visiting the WASM website or by calling 514-495-3701.
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Visual Arts
  • ELAN Member Théâtre des Petites Lanternes, whose Executive Director Kristelle Holliday is also an ELAN Board Member, have been named laureates for the prix Développement culturel from the Conseil de la culture de l'Estrie, sponsored by the CDEC de Sherbrooke et Société nationale de l'Estrie for their show ‘Comme un grand trou dans le ventre’ produced by la Grande Cueillette des Mots du Granit!
  • ELAN member, dream analyst, researcher and trainer Craig Sim Webb recently released his new book The Dreams Behind the Music, documenting fascinating dreams that brought great success to established artists including Paul McCartney and Beyoncé.
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*NOTE: Our new website's Member Directory will be up soon. We'll let you know when it's ready. Thanks for your support! 

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Leonard Cohen Documentary Still
After 38 years, filmmaker Tony Palmer has rediscovered and reconstructed a documentary he made while on tour with Leonard Cohen in the 1970s.
Rap Battle for Climate Justice
Rap Battle for Climate Justice: Local Montreal emcees and activists take on Big Oil lobbyist rhymers, backed by the 5-piece live hip hop & soul band Urban Science. *Explicit Language*. Filmed by Ian Christopher Goodman.
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