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Artists on Tour Directory

Artists on Tour Directory

Book Performing Artists for Young Audiences

Bring the best performing artists for young audiences into your school or community!

ArtStarts' provides students equitable access to artistic experiences that are relevant, representative, and integrated into their learning. The Artists on Tour Directory features over 90 performing artists available to tour in BC, representing a wide range of disciplines and cultural backgrounds. We facilitate this process through a convenient booking service for schools across the province. Our Booking and Touring team is here to assist you!

Browse the full directory of artists below—or search by name, artistic discipline or speciality. If you've already booked an artist, use this directory to access information about their performance.

To discover talent in person, be sure to attend our annual ArtStarts Showcase!

Our Booking and Touring Commitment

  • We have staff in office Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm who are able to assist you with bookings via email, or telephone.
  • We aim to reply to all requests within 48 hours. For requests that are more complex we will advise you of approximately how much longer we require to respond. If we are unable to fulfill your request we will offer suitable alternatives
  • We are committed to offering the same service to all presenters and districts in the province
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Performance and workshop listings for the 2020-21 school year are now available to view. We are still in the process of setting up our new booking system but you are welcome to see what's new for the upcoming school year. 

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Online Booking Request Form

Printable Directory

Download the 2019-20 Directory (PDF)

Get in Touch

Pavan Thind
Program Manager
604.336.0626 ext 105

Hannah Jarvis
Program Coordinator
604-336-0626 ext 102

Artists on Tour Directory



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Frequently Asked Questions

Information for Schools

  • Why book through ArtStarts?
    Are you interested in bringing a touring performance or workshop into your school or community? Make it easy on yourself and engage the ArtStarts booking service. We provide a convenient, cost-effective service to help bring some of the best performing artists to young people into your space.

    Our Booking and Touring team is here to assist you and can advise you on artist availability, programming, touring, schedules and fees.
  • How does the ArtStarts booking service work?
    1. Select a Presentation
      Browse the Artists on Tour Directory to discover over 140 artistic presentations representing a diverse cross-section of performing arts disciplines and cultures.

    2. Submit an Online Booking Request
      Once you've made your performance selections, please complete and submit the Booking Request Form available above (at the top-right of this webpage). We'll work with the artists you have selected to confirm their touring dates and available times.

    3. Booking Confirmation
      ArtStarts will contact you by email with a list of performance dates and times scheduled for your school. We will work with you to confirm a date that works with your school schedule.

    4. Invoices
      You can expect to receive your invoice the month prior to your event. The ArtStarts $45 booking fee is included in all listed Artist Fees. Many school districts make use of our District Billing service.

    5. Monthly Reminders
      Each month, ArtStarts sends out email reminders to all schools and districts with scheduled events for the following month.
  • What is the Artists on Tour Directory?
    The Artists on Tour Directory features over 140 performances and workshops created specifically for young audiences. Presentations include theatre, storytelling, dance, music and interdisciplinary arts. All artists listed in the directory are professional artists or youth groups with experience performing for and/or working with young people.
  • How do school districts select and book artists?
    School districts select artists in a variety of ways. Using the Artists on Tour Directory as a guide, some select a handful of artists and book them into all of their schools, while others shortlist and send a recommended list to every principal in the district.
  • How do individual schools select and book artists?
    Some districts leave all selection, confirmation and contracting to individual schools. If you are responsible for your school’s bookings, simply use the Artists on Tour Directory to make your selections, then contact ArtStarts, and we’ll take care of the details.
  • How can we ensure the artist visit runs smoothly?
    Here are some simple steps that ArtStarts, artists and schools can follow to plan for a successful artist visit:

    • ArtStarts provides every artist group with detailed itineraries of dates, times, venues, addresses, phone numbers and contact names for each school on their tour.

    • Artists are advised to send their study guides and/or Know-Wonder-Learn charts to the school at least two weeks before their performance, and to contact each school at least one week before their visit to re-confirm dates, arrival times and technical needs.

    • To make the most of your artist visit, and enhance cross-curricular connections, teachers are encouraged to use the resource materials provided by the artist before their visit. This will help familiarize your students with the artist’s work and what to expect during their visit. Study guides and Know-Wonder-Learn charts are available online at
    • Please advise any staff involved with the artist’s technical needs to prepare for the performance.
    • Be sure to let the artist know about school-related details such as parking availability, sign-in procedures, lunch facilities and staffroom location.
  • How can I give feedback about a performance?
    How did the performance go? Do you have experiences with artists in your school you want to share with others? Are there tips you can pass along to make the experience better all around? Were there any glitches? Our Booking & Touring Team will send you a follow up survey at the end of the week to see how your performance or workshop went! You can also send your feedback to

Information for Artists

  • How can I join the Artists on Tour Directory?
    Performing artists interested in being part of the ArtStarts Artists on Tour Directory must first apply to Showcase. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information and to apply.

Artists on Tour Directory Renewals

Artists on Tour Directory Renewals

Apply to renew your listing with Artists on Tour Directory for the 2019-20 school year.

ArtStarts has been going through a lot of big changes and for the first time, we will be reviewing applications by artists who are renewing their directory listing for the 2019-2020 school year. This means that rather than automatically renewing your directory listing, we will be taking a look at your application with an eye to some criteria outlined below. This change is driven by our organization’s commitment to cultural safety and desire to actively addressing cultural appropriation on our directory.

As many of you also know, the province is rolling out a revised school curriculum, and in keeping with our dedication to arts integrated learning and we want to make sure that we are best serving young people in BC by providing Arts opportunities that are in line with the new curriculum.

If you wish to renew your subscription with ArtStarts for the 2019-2020 school year, please fill out the linked form below with all of your listing details. If you would like to add a new show or wish to change your fees or audience capacity, now is your opportunity. If your art practice is culturally specific please include in the show description your relationship to this culture and/or what work you have done to make sure you are engaging with the culture in a meaningful and appropriate way.

Please fill out the renewal form and send it back to us by Jan 9th at 11:59PM. We will then review each form and let you know if you have been accepted for renewal by January 18th. At that time we will provide information regarding the Artist Service Agreement, Criminal Record Checks, and payments.

Why Tour Schools?

Ever wonder what a day in the life of a touring artist is like? Watch this video to see how a performance positively impacts artists, teachers students and community.