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