State of the Arts Summit

The following is the press release for ELAN QUEBEC’s 2011 STATE OF THE ARTS SUMMIT

September 22-25 // Four days of collective ideas, intellect, and talent
The State of the Arts will bring together the brightest creative talents and cultural professionals from across Quebec’s English-speaking arts community to probe the complex issues driving our community’s successes, discuss its contributions to the province, and celebrate the artistic diversity that binds it together.

Taken as a whole, the 2011 State of the Arts Summit (Sept. 22-25) is an unprecedented showcase of ideas, intellect, and talent for a community whose many factions often work alone and without a collective voice. Here, ELAN continues to promote understanding of this community as a vibrant component Quebec society, building on the success of past projects such as the videos, histories and artist profiles available at

The Summit centres upon a two-day conference entitled “Creative Solutions for a Creative Community”, to take place September 22nd and 23rd at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT, 1201 St-Laurent Blvd). These working sessions will gather 120 of the province’s most active and influential cultural professionals within the English-speaking arts community – alongside members of the French-speaking arts community and representatives from the education and government sectors – in order to develop a viable action plan for the growth of this thriving cultural sector.

While the working conference is restricted to invited guests, other events within the 2011 State of the Arts Summit program are open to the arts-loving public!

On Friday, September 23rd, ELAN, Guernica Editions, and Telefilm Canada will host a celebratory soirée in honour of the imminent publication of Minority Report: An Alternative History of English-Language Arts in Quebec.  First commissioned by ELAN Quebec as part of its Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles! project of 2010, this significant collection of essays by several of Quebec’s most prominent arts critics reconsiders the historical narrative of the major Quebecois artistic disciplines by explicitly focusing on the English-language contributions that have often been left out of the traditional storyline. Published by Montreal’s Guernica Editions this fall, this important work will be launched at the historic Centaur Theatre (453 Saint-Francois-Xavier St; 6-8pm, free to public) in Old Montreal.

On Saturday, September 24th, ELAN will host an afternoon of thought-provoking panel discussions at the Atrium de la Maison du Conseil des Arts de Montreal (1210 Sherbrooke St. East; noon – 4pm, free to public). Well-known journalists and intellectuals will discuss the economic and ambassadorial value of the English-speaking art community’s contribution to the province, as well as dissect the old but still prevailing stereotypes of what entails a Quebecois Anglo in the 21st century.

Moderated by CJAD, Radio-Canada, and Hour Community columnist Anne Lagacé Dowson, the first panel is entitled “Many Peoples, One Official Language” (noon-2pm).  Speakers Jack Jedwab (Association for Canadian Studies) and André Courchesne (Carmelle & Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC, ex-Head of Theatre at Canada Council,) will offer a historical perspective on the evolving social contract between Quebec’s Francophone majority and the minority English-speaking communities.  For the second panel, entitled “Invisible or Too Visible?” (2-4pm), Brendan Kelly (Montreal Gazette), Philippe Couture (Le Devoir), Janet Lumb (Festival Accés Asie) and D. Kimm (Les Filles électriques/Festival Voix d’Amériques) will share observations on the growing presence of English-speaking artists in Quebec and debate possible scenarios for the future.

On Sunday, September 25th, we join our friends at Pop Montreal, with whom we’re collaborating with for our grand finale! At the Theatre Outremont (1248 Bernard Ave. West), ELAN Quebec and Pop Montreal in association with the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts will present the world premiere of a brand-new musical, The Season, written by left-of-centre indie-rapper Socalled and starring musicians Katie Moore, Yves Lambert, Narcy, Joe Cobden and Hanako Hoshimi-Caines.

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The schedule at a glance:
Thursday, September 22 / Friday, September 23
2011 State of the Arts Summit: Creative Solutions for a Creative Community
Society for Arts and Technology (1201 St. Laurent Blvd.)
9:30am – 5pm, invite only

Friday, September 23
Book launch for Minority Report: An Alternative History of the English-Language Arts in Quebec
Centaur Theatre 453 Saint-Francois-Xavier St)
6-8pm, free to public

Saturday, September 24
Panel 1: Many Peoples, One Official Language
Featuring Jack Jedwab and André Courchesne
Moderated by Anne Lagacé Dowson
CAM Atrium (1210 Sherbrooke St. East)
Noon – 2pm, free to public

Saturday, September 24
Panel 2: Invisible of Too Visible?
Featuring Brendan Kelly, Philippe Couture, Janet Lumb, and D. Kimm.
Moderated by Anne Lagacé Dowson
CAM Atrium (1210 Sherbrooke St. East)
2pm – 4pm, free to public

Sunday, September 25
The Season: a Musical by Socalled
Featuring Socalled, Katie Moore, Yves Lambert, Narcy, Joe Cobden and Hanako Hoshimi-Caines
Presented in collaboration with Pop Montreal
Theatre Outremont (1248 Bernard Ave. West)
7:30pm – 10pm, $20 at

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