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ArtStarts Showcase

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ArtStarts Showcase 2017!

March 6-7, 2017

The ArtStarts Showcase is Western Canada's most important performing arts showcase and conference for school and community arts programmers interested in booking performances for young audiences.

From dancers and storytellers to musicians and theatre groups, the range of performing artists presented at the ArtStarts Showcase always proves to be diverse, engaging and of the highest calibre.

  • Showcase is a meeting of community arts advocates, which is very important for my understanding and our district's focus on culture, creativity and education. Showcase Delegate
  • I always leave feeling inspired. I love connecting with like-minded colleagues from around the province. Showcase Delegate
  • It is wonderful to have a structure that allows the connection between artists and school district representatives to enhance arts understandings in the school. Showcase Delegate
  • Showcase helps me feel connected to the greater arts community. Showcase Delegate
  • Showcase is a perfect opportunity to discover diverse performers and allows us to cater to the individual needs of schools and community. Showcase Delegate
  • Ensuring that there are high quality performance arts groups available to provide enrichment opportunities for students is absolutely vital to the health of our education system. Showcase Delegate
  • It is incredible to have the opportunity to see and meet the performing artists. Showcase Delegate
  • Showcases were diverse, culturally represented, creative and energetic. It was a venue for rich conversations to take place. Showcase Delegate
  • I found the showcases re-energizing in that my own creative process received a kickstart and I had a million ideas racing through my mind. Showcase Delegate
  • I loved learning from others who share the same passion for championing the arts, from class to district level. Showcase Delegate
Delegate Registration

Delegate Registration

Register now for ArtStarts Showcase, taking place March 6-7, 2017 at the Orpheum Annex in Vancouver, BC. Early Bird rates are available until January 15. Registration closes February 17.

Questions? Contact us by email or by phone at 604-336-0626 or toll-free 1-855-292-7826.
Information Package

Information Package

Download the Delegate Information Package for complete details about this year's event, including new features to look forward to in 2017!

If you're new to Showcase, get a feel for the event by reading about Showcase 2016 and watching our highlights reel.
Building Connections

Building Connections

We are excited to introduce new features in 2017, including a Panel Discussion, Pitch and Perform, and Delegate Breakfasts! The Contact Room is another opportunity for presenters to meet ArtStarts' Artists on Tour to learn more about their artistic practices and their touring performances for the 2017-18 school year. Also join us for two afternoon receptions!
Inviting All Arts Champions

Inviting All Arts Champions

Educators, administrators and community presenters interested in booking performances for young people are invited to attend. Delegates include school district arts contacts and community arts programmers, all of whom book performances for young audiences in schools and theatres in their communities across BC.
Who Are the Artists?

Who Are the Artists?

The performing artists presented at the ArtStarts Showcase are of the highest calibre, diverse, entertaining and educational. Disciplines cover dance, theatre, music, storytelling and interdisciplinary arts. Artists selected to showcase are chosen based on quality of performance, programming balance, grade suitability and showcasing history. Each application goes through a two-step review process. A Preliminary Review Panel made up of educators from across BC make their initial assessment. The final decision is then made by the Selection Committee comprised of educators and arts programmers.
Diverse Showcases

Diverse Showcases

Look forward to showcase performances by...
Axis Theatre Company | Blues Berries | Boris Sichon | Devon More Music | Dumpsta Dragons | Flyin’ Bob | Gerarld Laroche | Goh Ballet Youth Company | Gord Grdina | Green Thumb Theatre | Heath Tarlin Entertainment | Helene Nicole | Jacky Essombe | Jamie Oliverio | Jeff Leard | Metaphor | Mohamed Assani and John Oliver | Monster Theatre | Sand Northrup | Shameless Hussy Productions | Shayna Jones | Sm:)e Band | Speed Control | 3 Crows Productions | Tribal Vision Dance | Unity Charity | Uzume Taiko | Vancouver TheatreSports® League
Community Partners

Community Partners

Special thanks to all the community partners that generously supported our 2016 event. If you are interested in collaborating with us to support our event in March 2017, please get in touch!
Information for Artists

Information for Artists

Artists listed in ArtStarts’ Artists on Tour Directory and new showcasing artists are eligible to rent a table in the Contact Room. Book a table now!

Supporters

BC Arts Council and the Government of British Columbia are committed to ensuring that all British Columbians are able to participate in a healthy arts and cultural community recognized for its excellence. Through this provincial financial support, the arts and cultural community will continue to achieve its creative, social and economic success.
ArtStarts acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada. Canadian Heritage promotes an environment in which all Canadians take full advantage of dynamic cultural experiences, celebrating our history and heritage, and participating in building creative communities.
Canada Council for the Arts offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts and integrated (multidisciplinary) arts. It also seeks to raise public awareness of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities.
The City of Vancouver appreciates the value that the arts brings to the lives of citizens and the life of the city. They support non-profit arts and cultural organizations through a variety of grant programs.