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ArtStarts Showcase

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

The ArtStarts Showcase offers many opportunities to discover talented artists for young audiences, connect with delegates and artists, and explore how you can bring the arts into your community to activate learning for young people.

Our next event will take place on February 26-27, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. Registration will open in December 2017. Sign up for our News for Educators to be notified when registration opens.
Our 2017 Event

Our 2017 Event

This year's event took place on March 6-7, 2017 at the Orpheum Annex in Vancouver, BC. Teachers, school and district administrators and community presenters from across British Columbia—and beyond—gathered to watch a variety of showcase performances, engage with artists in the Contact Room, collaborate with fellow arts champions—and much more. Read all about our 2017 event! You can also watch our highlights reel from an earlier event.
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 who facilitate bringing performances for young audiences into local schools or theatres.
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 include 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

In 2017, delegates enjoyed showcase performances by Axis Theatre Company, Blues Berries, Boris Sichon, Devon More Music, Dumpsta Dragons, Flyin’ Bob, Gérald Laroche, Goh Ballet Youth Company, Gord Grdina, Green Thumb Theatre, Heath Tarlin Entertainment, Hélène 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, and Vancouver TheatreSports® League. Discover more artists in the Artists on Tour Directory.
Community Partners

Community Partners

We would like to thank the following groups for their generous contribution and meaningful support of ArtStarts Showcase 2017.

Information for Artists

Information for Artists

ArtStarts in invites performing artists from all disciplines—music, dance, theatre, storytelling, interdisciplinary and more— to apply to perform at the annual ArtStarts Showcase and be positioned to tour BC schools.

The next ArtStarts Showcase will take place on February 26-27, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. Applications will be available in Summer 2017, with an application deadline of October 26, 2017. Sign up for our News for Artists to be notified about this and other opportunities for artists.

Artists accepted to perform at the ArtStarts Showcase will also be listed in the Artists on Tour Directory, an annual resource (print and online) produced by ArtStarts that features listings of professional artists available to perform in urban, rural and remote regions across BC. This resource is accessed by schools, school districts and community presenters who book performances through ArtStarts' Booking and Touring service. Last year, ArtStarts booked approximately 2,000 performances in 200 communities across BC. Members of the Artists on Tour Directory and new showcasing artists also have the opportunity to promote themselves in the Contact Room at Showcase.


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.