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    in Dance, Theatre, Music, Storytelling and Interdisciplinary Arts

  • Connect with Artists in the Contact Room

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ArtStarts Showcase

The ArtStarts Showcase is Western Canada's most important performing arts showcase 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 2019 will take place March 4-5, 2019 in Vancouver, BC. Save the date!


  • 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
Showcase 2018 has Ended, What's Next?

Showcase 2018 has Ended, What's Next?

Book Performances. Make use of our cost-effective booking and touring service and we’ll take care of the logistics of bringing a performing artist to your school. Each year we coordinate over 2,100 performances across BC. Online Booking Request Form

Apply for Grants. This year, make it a priority to apply for an Artist in the Classroom grant which provides up to $3,500 for small to medium scale projects or up to $10,000 for large scale projects. Artist residencies allow for deep student engagement and supports increased learning outcomes. List of Grants

Participate in Professional Development. We deliver workshops that explore arts integration as an approach to teaching and build on the creative confidence of teachers while making practical connections to the revised curriculum. View the Catalogue Here

Save the Date

Save the Date

The countdown has begun to ArtStarts Showcase 2019, taking place on March 4-5, 2019.

Check out our Showcase 2018 Recap Blog

Read the Blog

Check out the highlights from Showcase 2018

Photo Album

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.

2018 Artist Lineup 

Artists accepted to perform at the ArtStarts Showcase will also be listed in the Artists on Tour Directory, an annual resource (print and online) 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.
Building Connections

Building Connections

Opening Reception in the Contact Room

The Contact Room is an opportunity for presenters to meet ArtStarts’ Artists on Tour. Participating artists will have table displays and be available to answer questions and share more details about their artistic practices and their touring performances for the 2018-19 school year.

A reception will also be in the Contact Room. Come join the fun and enjoy a delightful glass of wine, delicious canapés and prizes! This will be a wonderful opportunity to mingle with artists, peers and the ArtStarts team.


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.