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ArtStarts Showcase

March 18, 2020

Due to the growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sad to announce that ArtStarts Showcase will be cancelled for April 8 and 9 at the ANNEX.

We're disappointed that we won't be able to connect in-person as a community this April. That being said, the health and safety of our artists, educators, staff, and volunteers take priority. We can assure you that we're working rapidly to reimagine creative ways to connect and share the exciting new artists and shows with you at a later time


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.


  • 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

Delegate Refund Options

We will refund your registration fee less the PayPal service fees by April 8, 2020.

Two-day registration refund $455
One-day registration refund $305

We ask that you consider contributing your registration fee toward the arts and culture workers directly impacted by this cancellation. We will be able to accommodate partial refunds should you wish to contribute partial funds to them.

Here are some of the options to consider:

  • I would like to donate my full registration fee to support artists impacted by COVID-19
  • I would like to donate a portion of my registration fee to support artists impacted by COVID-19

Travel Arrangements Support

We understand that this change also impacts you, especially those who were going to travel to Vancouver for Showcase. If you had intended to fly into Vancouver and have already booked your airfare, please note that Air Canada and WestJet are offering to waive cancellation fees and/or offer travel credits.
Our Commitment

Our Commitment

We are committed to providing students with relevant and impactful arts-based experiences in their schools and consider intentional representation of marginalized artists an important part of this commitment. In order to increase representation, we are seeking to prioritize Showcase applications from these under-represented groups:

  • Artists of colour, especially Indigenous and Black women
  • Artists who identify as LGBT2QIA+, especially LGBT2QIA+ artists of colour
  • Artists living with a visible or invisible disability, especially disabled artists of colour
Showcase 2020 Artists

Showcase 2020 Artists

We're excited to present over 20 shows never seen before at Showcase that will also be available to book for the 2020-21 school year. See all the artists we will be Showcasing this April:

Showcase 2020 Artists

Showcase 2019 Video Highlights

Showcase 2019 Video Highlights

Did you miss this year's showcase? Perhaps you want to revisit some of the inspiring performances. Find highlights of all the Showcase 2019 performances on our Vimeo channel.
Delegate Feedback

Delegate Feedback

Want to know more about the experience of attending Showcase? Read our blog to find feedback from some of our delegates who attended this past year.

Showcase Delegate Feedback


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.
ArtStarts would like to acknowledge the City of Vancouver, through Vancouver Civic Theatres for their support of Showcase.