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Showcase Delegate Registration


The 2023 ArtStarts Showcase will be taking place on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. 
COVID-19 Updates
  • Masks: Masks are encouraged for attendance. ArtStarts staff will be wearing masks during the event and invite you to do the same. 
  • Student Audiences: Please note that due to logistics and safety concerns, we will not be having a live student audience in attendance at Showcase.
When: April 5th and 6th 2023
Where: The Annex (823 Seymour St, Vancouver BC)

Price to attend Showcase 2023 (includes all applicable taxes)

  • $580 for Wednesday April 5th & Thursday April 6th
  • $425 for Wednesday April 5th
  • $425 for Thursday April 6th
Event Format Changes 
  • For Showcase 2022 we introduced Workshops as a new format for Showcasing artists. We are continuing with this new format and are excited to welcome 4 new workshops for this year's Showcase event.
  • Also in 2022 we introduced ArtStarts Connects - a chance for delegates to have short "speed-date" like conversations with artists on the ArtStarts Directory. This is an opportunity to get to know more about artists work, for artists to learn about your school district and your experience as an educator, and to find new ways to connect art with education opportunities! We are continuing ArtStarts Connects in 2023. 
We continue to highlight arts integrated, educational performances and workshop pitches from over 20 artists across BC and Canada! We look forward to seeing you at Showcase this year. 

Venue & Event Accessibility Information

  • Wheelchair seating is available on the main and gallery levels
  • Wheelchair accessible washrooms are on the main level 
  • Elevator access is available through the main entrance and will access all levels 
  • Gender-neutral washrooms on the main level

 Accommodation Options

Please see below for a list of centrally located accommodation options. ArtStarts has secured discounted rates for three. 

2931 West Pender | 4 Stars                           

To book call  604.687.3589 or email [email protected] and mention ArtStarts to receive the discounted rate

1100 Granville Street | 4 stars 

Call or email to make a reservation using the group name ArtStarts Showcase Partnership

  • YWCA Hotel Vancouver 

    733 Beatty Street | 3 Star 

    To book, visit hotel website - no corporate rates available.


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Where is Showcase?
    The Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St, Vancouver BC)
  • Who can attend Showcase?
    Showcase is a conference for anyone who is invested in increasing opportunities for arts in education in BC K-12 Schools. The event is mainly attended by educators and community arts programmers from across BC. We have representatives from each school district and some individual schools. Anyone is welcome to attend, you can register online!
  • How many artists will I meet at Showcase?
    Showcase features 10 minute long performances from 20-25 performing artists and groups from across BC and Canada! All artists from Showcase and the ArtStarts Directory can be booked into BC K-12 Schools during the upcoming school year. We also host 4 different hands-on arts workshops for delegates to participate in. All workshops are run by professional artists from across BC who work in schools on longer term Classroom Residencies that are often funded by the Artists in the Classroom (AIC) grant. ArtStarts Connects is an opportunity to meet with up to 30 artists who work with young people on performances or workshops. Connects features artists on the ArtStarts Directory but they are typically not performing at Showcase or running a workshop. Connects is an opportunity to start deep conversations with artists about how to integrate art into schools.
  • Which artists will be at Showcase this year?
    Adam Schwartz, Andy the Musical Scientist, Axé Capoeira Productions, Bouge de là, Bushido, CréaSon, Compaigni V'ni Dansi Society, Daniel Duggan Rhythm Resource, Dumpsta Dragons, The FloWarrior, G-Rated ( Nadine Tremblay & Phil Loosley), Green Thumb Theatre, J Peachy Gallery, Jojo Zolina & Della Kit , Kellie Haines Ventriloquist, Kutapira, Olivia Wheeler & Theatre SKAM, Petrice Brett Axis Theatre Company, Quinn Beasley, Randy Jernidier, Rock the Arts Puppets, Shayna Jones, Susana Williams, Wali Shah, Zaynab Mohammed
  • What are the workshops like?
    Each workshop is 50 minutes long and can be in any creative discipline! The workshops will help you learn more about that artist’s working style and what they can create with young people in your school. The workshops will also contain some practical skills you can take back to your school or district to provide more arts based learning opportunities for your students.
  • Where can I stay during the event?
    Each year we work with hotel partners for the event who offer discounts on hotel bookings! All hotels are within walking or transit distance to the Annex where the event takes place. The hotel partners for Showcase 2023 are: Skwachays Lodge – Aboriginal Hotel and Gallery 2931 West Pender | 4 Stars To book call 604.687.3589 or email [email protected] and mention ArtStarts to receive the discounted rate Rosedale on Robson 838 Hamilton St | 4 Stars Book online or over the phone using promo code artstarts1 Best Western Granville 1100 Granville Street | 4 stars Call or email to make a reservation using the group name ArtStarts Showcase Partnership YWCA Hotel Vancouver 733 Beatty Street | 3 Star To book, visit hotel website - no corporate rates available.
  • What is included in my event registration?
    Event registration includes attendance at the event - 1 or 2 days depending on what you sign up for! Each day includes performances from artists, attending 1 of 2 hands-on workshops, 1 session of Connects, prepackaged catered lunch with compostable cutlery, coffee, tea, and snacks, and the program for the showcase event.
  • Who is hosting Showcase?
    Showcase is hosted by the ArtStarts Team - especially the Booking and Touring department We also have MCs for the event to keep the show moving!
  • What is the schedule for Showcase?
    - Wednesday April 5th runs 8:45am-4pm with a half hour lunch break and 3 shorter breaks - Thursday, April 6th runs 8:45am-3pm with a half hour lunch break and 3 shorter breaks
  • What are the accessibility details of Showcase?
    Venue has a door with an automatic button from the street with a small lip that leads to a staircase or an elevator that takes you to the 2nd floor of the venue where the event takes place. Elevator access to all areas of the venue, the seating is in bleachers with mobility device seating in the front row or in the balcony coming up the elevator to the 3rd floor.  The chairs in the theatre have armrests - there are chairs without armrests in the first row. The washrooms have wheelchair accessible stalls . There is no ASL interpretation, Live Captioning, or CART Transcription available for this event. Event will be recorded and some videos will be made available after the event with English closed captions. We are modifying the washrooms in the space to be Gender Neutral. The washrooms right outside the theatre are multi-stalled. We encourage mask usage but masks are not required. 
  • Where can we find Showcase Artist Profiles on your website?