Bringing arts to the regions from summer to early fall, Arts Alive! Québec is a province-wide celebration presented by ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) in six different Québec communities. There are many free & family-friendly events still going strong, all a short ride away. Here, artists and art lovers share the language of creativity and fun.
Take advantage of day trips to the three remaining scenic towns or enjoy artists close to home:
Wakefield is a charming town on the Gatineau River famous for its covered bridge. Its thriving creative economy is due to the many artists who live there. The beautiful Centre Wakefield La Pêche is the hub of Arts Alive! Québec as well as a partner with Theatre Wakefield’s Ta Da! Festival*. Sept. 9-11.
Arts Alive! Québec will celebrate in Pointe Claire at John Rennie High School when Montreal’s West Island* hosts a packed event for the whole family. The day features local West Island artists presenting live music, theatre, visual art and a wide variety of craft workshops for both children and adults at their state-of-the-art theatre. The evening concert headliner is Craig Morrison’s retro party band, Vintage Wine. Sept. 24.
Arts Alive! Québec 2016 kicked off in June in Hudson*, where flourishing arts offer a richly diverse cultural life including Hudson Village Theatre and the Hudson Music Festival. The series’ activities end with the Hudson and Region Studio Tour and the Hudson Artists Fall Art Expo. Sept. 23-25 & Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
(*click on hyperlinks for full programming)
ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) is a not-for-profit organization that connects, supports, and promotes Quebec’s English-speaking artists and arts communities. Its members include artists and organizations representing a multitude of artistic disciplines and regions of Quebec. ELAN’s philosophy is inclusive, encouraging an evolving Quebec identity that recognizes French as the public language and celebrates social, cultural, and artistic diversity.
An initiative of ELAN, Arts Alive! Québec empowers six communities to self-direct their own mini arts festivals abounding with talent. Programming reflects local tastes, arts and cultures. Profit from the last great days of summer and early fall with indoor and outdoor shows and events, including hands-on creative activities led by artists and artisans.