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YidLife Crisis wins a $25,000 grant to produce a video inspired by the history of Côte Saint-Luc

The Côte Saint-Luc based YidLife Crisis group has received an arts grant of $25,000 to create a video and live project inspired by the history and roots of Côte Saint-Luc. The video will be called A Closer Luc, and will be screened in collaboration with the City. 

The grant is provided by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, in collaboration with Culture Montréal. Four projects across the boroughs and municipalities of the Island of Montreal were selected. 

Artists in Côte Saint-Luc were eligible to apply for this grant in part because of the City’s cultural policy, and the City’s agreement to help fund the staging of the project in the community. The video and live project is expected to be presented in Côte Saint-Luc in summer 2022. It will feature great stories that illustrate the unique character and flavour of Côte Saint-Luc. 

YidLife Crisis is an award-winning Yiddish comedy web series and cultural brand created by Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion. 

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org. For more information about the grant, www.artsmontreal.org/en/news/arts-projects-boroughs-2022


“Congratulations to YidLife Crisis on being awarded a grant to produce A Closer Luc. Their web series and other productions are wonderfully done and add to the culture that the City itself helps promote, through concerts, speakers, community theatre, and more.” – Mayor Mitchell Brownstein 

“At YidLife Crisis, we’ve taken great pride putting Montréalais culture on display for the world. Now with A Closer Luc, we get to hone in on our ‘home ville’ and reflect on how this small, unique enclave influenced and shaped us and our future work. And after these years of touring around the globe, it’s truly special to return to perform in the very cradle of all of our efforts.”  – Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion 

“Having worked with Eli and Jamie for many years now since YidLife Crisis came into being, I know how much passion they have for Côte Saint-Luc. This is a wonderful project which I know everyone will look forward to seeing.” – Councillor Mike Cohen, council liaison with the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library