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Registration for Showcase 2020 is NOW OPEN! 

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Showcase 2020 is happening on April 8 and 9 at the ANNEX!

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
Register Today

Register Today

Attend both days: $472.50
Attend one day: $315

Registration includes lunch and refreshments for coffee breaks.

Payments will be collected via PayPal. If you are unable to process your payments via PayPal please connect with Hannah Jarvis (

Register for Showcase

Where to Stay

Where to Stay

ArtStarts has secured discounted rates at three centrally located hotels

Skwachays Lodge – Aboriginal Hotel and Gallery
29/31 West Pender | 4 Stars
To book call Maggie Edwards at 1-888-998-0797 or email and mention ArtStarts to receive the discounted rate.

Rosedale on Robson
838 Hamilton Street | 3 star
Book online and use the corporate code: artstarts1

YWCA Hotel
733 Beatty Street | 3 Star
Book directly on their website

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. Here are some of the artists we will be Showcasing:

Candy Bones Theatre
Karima Essa - Bollywood Star
Queer Songbook Orchestra - NEW to ArtStarts!
Vancouver Opera - NEW to ArtStarts!
Wild Mint Arts - NEW to ArtStarts!

More will be announced in the new year!

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.