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Showcase 2019 

March 4-5, 2019

The ArtStarts Showcase is an inspiring event for school and community arts programmers interested in booking artistic 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 relevant.

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  • 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

What's New

We are committed to providing students with accessible arts-based experiences in their schools and consider an intentional representation of equity groups an important part of this commitment.

We’re excited to share that 65% of the artists are brand new to ArtStarts and the remaining 35% are showcasing a new show.

We believe the artists in this year’s Showcase are reflected through this mandate and believe that you will be inspired by their multifaceted performances.

Showcase 2019 Artists

Find artist photos and bios on our Facebook event and Instagram

Information for Delegates

Download the Delegate Information Package for more information on Showcase 2019!

See some of the highlights from last year's Showcase by reading the recap on our blog.

Showcase 2018 Recap


We are grateful to our friends at the Orpheum Annex for hosting our annual Showcase and providing the following accessibility information: Wheelchair seating is available on the main and gallery levels, and wheelchair accessible washrooms are on the main level. The Annex has an elevator; elevator access is available through the main entrance and will access all levels.  For photos of the space and information about how to get to the Annex, please take a look at their website.

Gender Neutral Washrooms

The Annex staff is supporting us in creating gender-neutral washrooms for this event! Haven't used a gender-neutral washroom before? This means the washrooms will be indicated according to the equipment inside them, and you can use whichever washroom you like (or whichever has the shortest line!). ArtStarts believes it is our responsibility to provide a safer space that centres our trans and genderqueer community members, especially young people and their family members. Have questions about gender-neutral washrooms? Email Leah at or check out these important resources by our friends at SOGI 1 2 3. 


No Nuts Please

We're excited to feed you at Showcase! As a registered delegate, your dietary restrictions have been passed along to our caterer so that everyone will be able to enjoy the snacks. Please help us preserve a nut-free space by leaving any of your own snacks that might include tree nuts at home. 


In order to create a space where everyone can participate, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or other scented products (including essential oils). If you're curious about how to better support people with multiple chemical sensitivities, check out this resource.

Reduce Waste

Help us keep Showcase green by bringing a water bottle, coffee tumbler, or any other reusable beverage container to keep yourself hydrated and caffeinated. Coffee and tea are available along with water dispensers throughout the event.  


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.
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.