About cultural events

Community cultural events help bridge cultures and build strong communities through the arts, featuring visual and performing arts, and encouraging public engagement.


Feathers & Fungi

May 28 - May 29, 2022
Maplewood Flats, 2649 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver

celebrating the natural world and the relationship between birds and fungi, in partnership with the  Wild Bird Trust of BC For over 20 years, North Van Arts has hosted Arts in the Garden in private North Shore gardens. As the event evolves, we have wanted to include...

Films and Festivals to Celebrate Black History Month

The role of Black Canadians and their communities in Canada has largely been ignored as a key part of Canada’s history. Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions that Black Canadians and their...

2022 North Shore Art Crawl Registration Postponed

The North Shore Art Crawl will be rescheduled for Fall 2022 Due to the recent changes to community health and safety with the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in BC, we have made the decision to reschedule the in-person North Shore Art Crawl to a Fall 2022 date, to be...

Culture Days: Arts and Culture For All

The arts sector has the ability to start conversations, to connect communities, and share stories. But how inclusive are the arts and how does an organization create more inclusive spaces?  North Van Arts and Presentation House Theatre (PHT) presented a panel...

Anonymous Art Show 2021 Online Fundraiser and Sale

November 25 - December 18, 2021
CityScape Community ArtSpace & Online

VIEW ALL THE ARTWORK Online Sale until Saturday, December 18 at 5pm We are thrilled to host the 18th Anonymous Art Show showcasing original artwork from emerging and established artists. 365 local artists have created 740 original artworks for the North Van Art’s...

Shipyards Live Art Booth

Join us at Shipyards Live this September! Friday, Sept. 10, 3pm-10pmSaturday, Sept. 11, noon-10pmFriday, Sept. 17, 3pm-10pm Saturday, Sept. 18, noon – 10 pm We are very excited to participate in Shipyards Live this September. North Van Arts will have an art...

North Van City Mosaic & CityAlive

As working group members of The Mayor’s Healthiest Small City Social Resiliency Collective, North Van Arts is proud to present the North Van City Mosaic and CityAlive. The projects are two of five quick-starts to advance the City of North Vancouver’s social...

Culture Compass Treasure Hunts!

Throughout 2021, the Culture Compass team created a multitude of Treasure Hunts to inspire everyone to explore the cultural treasures all across the North Shore. Treasure Hunts come in 3 formats: in-person > follow the cluesheet to find cultural treasure...

lgbt Q+A

Wednesday July 28, 2021

QUESTIONs + ANSWERs ABOUT THE 2SLGBTQ+ COMMUNITY  Maybe you have questions that you’re not sure how to ask. Maybe you don’t know any queer or trans people, or you do, but you’re not quite sure how to connect with them. Are you looking to learn more...

Inspiring Connection and Friendship

Let’s Stop Racism In Our Community In response to the Anti-Asian graffiti in Lower Lonsdale last month, North Van Arts collaborated with local artist Esmie Gayo McLaren, North Shore Multicultural Society, North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership, and Centre...

Arts in the Garden

Saturday, May 28th & Sunday, May 29th, 2022

Arts in the Garden is a self-guided tour of twelve North Shore garden spaces taking place – rain or shine!- on Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29, 2022 from 12:00-5:00pm. Twelve private and public garden spaces will feature musicians providing live music, an...


Pushing Boundaries Guest Curator Pushing Boundaries is a biennial open-call exhibition to showcase and platform emerging local and national contemporary First Nations/Métis/Inuit, artists, makers and craftspeople. This exhibition is designed to celebrate contemporary...

Shifting to Online: Artist Stories

Wednesday April 7, 7pm

North Van Arts is excited to host an artist talk with 2021 North Shore Art Crawl participants. We’re missing in-person experiences this year, so we wanted to hear from the artists and ask how they are finding their way through this pandemic. Join us to hear from...

Artist Talk – Mother Tongue

Monday, March 8 at 7:30 pm

 Join us via the North Van Arts YouTube channel for a live conversation with the artists on International Women’s Day where Sara Khan, Laura Rosengren, and Katherine Duclos will talk about the exhibition as well as share the ideas behind their work. Follow this link...

Extreme Carved Pumpkins

October 23 - October 31, 2020
Lynn Valley Centre

North Van Arts is pleased to partner with the Lynn Valley Centre for an exciting new Halloween event for kids and families to enjoy while visiting the mall. Eight artists have creatively carved pumpkins now on display at several retailers until Halloween day. This...

Arts in the Garden Archive

Arts in the Garden Online 2021 June 12-27, 2021 The 2021 edition of Arts in the Garden is once again adapted online to keep our community safe during the ongoing pandemic. We are keeping the spirit of the event alive through film and activities to engage...

International Film Series | Winter 2020

Jan 22 - Mar 18, 2020 | 7:00pm
Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas

The North Van Arts International Film Series is presented by North Van Arts in cooperation with the Toronto International Film Festival. Throughout the year a series of festival selections are screened at Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford Cinemas for special...

Jazz Sundays

Every 2nd Sunday of the month 3-5:30PM
CLUB #45 | ANAVETS 119 3rd St East, North Vancouver

JAZZ SUNDAYS 2019 North Van Arts partnered with the Army Navy Airforce Club #45 (ANAVETS 45) to present Jazz Sundays at their location on 3rd Street in Lower Lonsdale. The series brought professional jazz musicians to the Lower Lonsdale area every second Sunday of the...

Decades: A Retro Celebration

Saturday, September 14, 7pm - 11pm
Cityscape Community ArtSpace

Decades, North Van Arts 50th Anniversary Fundraising Gala.   For one night only we transformed our gallery into a pop-up bar and immersive visual art experience inspired by the past 50 years. Decades is a celebration where you can indulge in site-specific light...

Culture Days Weekend: Poets in the Kitchen

Saturday, September 29 & Sunday, September 30
CityScape Community Art Space

POETS IN THE KITCHEN  Saturday, September 29th 1-4PM COOKING | ART PERFORMANCE | DIALOGUE  Featuring spoken word poets:  Johnny MacRae, Anjalica Solomon, & Andrew Warner...

Art at the Market

Fridays, Jun 15 - Aug 17
Shipbuilders Square

Art Activities at the Shipyards Night Market [intro-text]We’re excited to be back for another summer at THE place to be in North Vancouver on Friday night!  Look for our table in or around the Pipeshop.  We’re pretty noticeable with a crowd of...

Artist talk: Cheximiya Allison Burns Joseph

Tuesday, 19 June, 12:15 - 12:45PM
City Atrium Gallery

Please come and join us at the City Atrium Gallery at North Vancouver City Hall on Tuesday, June 19 from 12:15 – 12:45pm for a free artist talk and weaving demonstration with Cheximiya Allison Burns Joseph. Cheximiya will speak about her work on display as well as...

Industrial Perspectives: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8pm
Cityscape Community Art Space

Join artists Lori Bagnérès, Joy Munt and Lori Sokoluk to discuss the inspiration and processes in creating the artwork featured in the current exhibition at CityScape Community Art Space, Industrial Perspective. Free admission, but we ask that you let us know if...

CreativeScape: Photo Collage

Cityscape Community Art Space

with artist Dona Nobata Bring a photocopy of a Family Portrait and learn how to draw, paint, and extend the picture. Led by Photobase artist Dona Nabata, participants will draw, paint, and manipulate their own photo. Working with old images can bring awareness of...

CreativeScape: Art-Inspired Poetry

January 25, 2018
Cityscape Community Art Space

Need a break from your art studio, home, favorite coffee place? With high gallery walls and natural light – let our gallery become your studio and join us for an evening of art and community. Bring your own project and supplies; we will provide tables, chairs,...

Anonymous Art Show Opening Night

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Cityscape Community Art Space

Opening Night is an exciting time to see the exhibition in its entirety and choose from 738 works of art from over 300 local artists. The Anonymous Art Show is a fundraising event and group exhibition that raises over $10 000 each year to support the valuable...

Bannock Making Workshop

Thursday, October 26
Cityscape Community Art Space

[intro-text]Luskinikn Bannock Making Workshop and Community Dinner[/intro-text] Creative Escape Evening Join us for a community potluck with Pushing Boundaries exhibiting artist Alanna Edwards who will share a Luskinikn recipe for everyone to cook and try. Luskinikn...

Culture Days | Create your own 8″ x 8″ Canvas

Cityscape Community Art Space

It’s time to get creative with your very own 8” x 8” art piece. Learn tips and techniques on how to make the most out of a small canvas. Two artists will be in the gallery demonstrating how to create, transfer, and finish your artwork on canvas or wood panels....

Culture Days | Create your own 8" x 8" Canvas

Cityscape Community Art Space

It’s time to get creative with your very own 8” x 8” art piece. Learn tips and techniques on how to make the most out of a small canvas. Two artists will be in the gallery demonstrating how to create, transfer, and finish your artwork on canvas or wood panels....

Creative Escape Evenings

August 31, 6-8pm
Cityscape Community Art Sapce

We are thrilled that the Branch Refinement artists, Bonnie Jordan, Fae Logie and Tiki Mulvihill will be leading the next Creative Escape.  We invite you to join us in an evening of drawing and collage activities.  Using elements and imagery from the past and present,...


Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 2:00-5:30pm
Waterfront Park

Alt-Shift Dancer, Liliane MoussaAlt-Shift Dancer, Marine Rixhon, engaging with the publicAlt-Shift Dancer, Anne-Flore de Rochambeau, preparing to amaze the crowd (Starting left) Members of Alt-Shift, with (middle) NVCAC Executive Director, Nancy Cottingham Powell, and...

Fun City Art

August 12 & 13, 2017
Cityscape Community Art Space

[intro-text]Join us for a weekend packed full of fun art activities during the Fun City Festival – FREE![/intro-text] Exploring the theme of our current exhibition at CityScape Community Art Space, we encourage you to explore the place around you – all...

Artist Demonstration and Talk | CityScape Community Art Space

Saturday, June 10, 1 - 4 pm
Cityscape Community Art Sapce

FREE, Fun for the whole family! Artist Demonstrations | 1 pm – 3pm Visit with artists Michelle Sirois Silver and Stephanie Symns as they demonstrate their artistic process. Michelle Sirois Silver creates hand hooked rugs with mainly recycled materials and...

Artist Demonstration and Talk | CityScape Community Art Space

Saturday, June 10, 1 - 4 pm
Cityscape Community Art Sapce

FREE, Fun for the whole family! Artist Demonstrations | 1 pm – 3pm Visit with artists Michelle Sirois Silver and Stephanie Symns as they demonstrate their artistic process. Michelle Sirois Silver creates hand hooked rugs with mainly recycled materials and...

Art Activities at Friday Night Market

June 9 - August 18, 2017 (every 2nd week)
Shipbuilders' Square

[intro-text]Come visit our table at the Friday Night Market at Shipbuilders’ Square![/intro-text] Every 2nd Friday during the summer we will be joining the fun inside the Pipe Shop at the Friday Night Markets.  We’ll be there with a different artist each...

Exhibition Proposal Info Session

Thursday May 25
Cityscape Community Art Sapce

We want your ideas! Call for Exhibition Proposals is open. The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for our 2018 calendar year exhibition schedule at CityScape Community Art Space. We are offering an information session, so you can...

Free Art Activity at Canada Day Celebrations

Saturday, July 1, 12-4pm
Waterfront Park

Discover Dotillism [intro-text]Join us for a Canadiana Art Activity to celebrate Canada’s birthday![/intro-text] Dot Artist, Kim Mackay will guide the creation of celebratory Canada painted stones. Kim’s painted dots play on the colour and shape of a stone...

Live Sculpting Demonstration

Thursday, May 18, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Cityscape Community Art Space

Come check out an artist at work! New Forms Matter artist, Louise Solecki Weir, will be sculpting a bust from a live model in the gallery. Come down to view the exhibit and learn how a sculptor creates their work. CityScape Community Art Space | 335 Lonsdale Avenue,...

Let It Rain!

March - June 2017
30 Locations Across North Vancouver

A community public art project by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council [intro-text]Let It Rain! has come to the rain-soaked streets of North Vancouver. [/intro-text] Look out for short, uplifting phrases of rain-activated art placed at bus stops and public...

Cloud Appreciation Talk

March 30, 7 pm - 8 pm, 2017
Cityscape Community Art Sapce

Please join contributing Clouds artist, Jean- Guy Dallaire, as he talks about the inspiration behind his photographic and sculptural cloud pieces. Jean-Guy Dallaire studied photography at the Northen Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. After a long career as...

Monotype Printmaking Activity, Drop-In

Sunday, March 5, 1-4pm
CityScape Community Art Space

Experience our current exhibition, ‘Limited Editions: The Art of Printmaking’ and join local artist Cath Hughes for drop in mono-printing demonstration and activity. Mono-printing is suitable for all ages, so bring the kids! This free, drop-in, hands-on art activity...

Artist Demonstration – Limited Editions

Saturday, March 4, 12-4pm
CityScape Community Art Space

Join Limited Editions: The Art of Printmaking artists,  Mariko, Elisabeth and Richard as they demonstrate their diverse methods of printmaking! Explore and ask questions about different methods or matrices — that’s the material like stone, wood, lino or metal...

Annual General Meeting 2016

September 25, 2016
CityScape Community Arts Council

Members are invited to join us for the 47th Annual General Meeting – review the past year and find out what we’re up to for the coming year.  Following the meeting, we will have a reception with refreshments. We look forward to seeing you – and...

Canada Day Artisan Fair 2016

July 1, 2016
Waterfront Park

[intro-text]Presented by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, in partnership with the City of North Vancouver and Rotary Club of Lions Gate, as part of the Canada Day Celebrations at Waterfront Park.[/intro-text] [press-button url=” “] Press Release...

Special Events and Programs Archive

2014 45th Anniversary & Volunteer Appreciation Thursday, December 4, 2014 5:00-8:00pm CityScape Community Art Space 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is celebrating 45 years of stimulating culture in North Vancouver!...

Trolley Dances Archive

Trolley Dances was a trolley ride event that highlighted select cultural, historical and natural features across the North Shore through music and dance performances. Replica San Francisco-style trolleys transported guests to four secret locations, where audiences...

Music in the Park Archive

Music in the Park 2017 Labour Day – Monday, September 4, 2016 Capilano River Regional Park Cleveland Dam, Capilano Road, North Vancouver Presented by North Van Arts in partnership with Metro Vancouver. Welcome on behalf of the Squamish Nation extended by...

May is Art Month Archive

May is Art Month In partnership with Capilano Mall, North Van Arts brought togethr local youth and professional visual and performance artists to showcase a wide variety of artistic styles, media and genres. The event included a pop up gallery, various live...