DATES AND TIMES:
Friday, October 14th, 7pm-9pm: Select venues will be open from 7pm-9pm for Friday night Opening Receptions. These locations are indicated by a star in the event guide (linked below and available in print at community hubs across the region, including North Van Arts’ main gallery and office space, CityScape Community ArtSpace at 335 Lonsdale Avenue).
Saturday, October 15th, 10am-5pm: Unless otherwise indicated, all venues will be open 10am-5pm.
Sunday, October 16th, 10am-5pm: Unless otherwise indicated, all venues will be open 10am-5pm.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Friday night Opening Receptions: Select venues will be open for the opportunity to get to know the artists and connect with other arts enthusiasts. Venues that are open on Friday night (7pm-9pm) are indicated by a yellow start in the event guide.
Demonstrations: Over the course of the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), some artists will be offering art demonstrations, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about their craft. Artists that will be offering demonstrations are indicated by a green hand in the event guide. You can learn more about the planned demonstrations by visiting the Meet the Artists webpage, linked in the menu to your left.
Art Activities: Over the course of the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), some artists will be hosting art activities, offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the creative process! Artists that will be hosting arts activities are indicated by a blue hand in the event guide. You can learn more about the arts activities planned by visiting the Meet the Artists webpage.
Before the event:
- Learn about the artists: Use the Meet the Artists menu option on the left side of your screen to learn more about the talented people participating in this years’ North Shore Art Crawl!
- Look for accessibility details. Locations with accessibility concerns are indicated in the event guide with an exclamation mark, and further details are on the artists’ webpage in the Meet the Artists section of the website.
- Make a list of your ‘must-see’ locations.
- Decide which form of transportation works best for you. With Art Crawl traffic compounding regular weekend traffic, it may be difficult to find parking. We encourage visitors to walk, bike, or take public transportation while enjoying the Art Crawl. When determining your transportation, please consider leaving parking closest to Art Crawl locations open for those for whom accessible parking is a necessity.
- Plan your route: use the reference map in the guide as a template and use Google Maps or another online navigational tool to plan your details. Each artist’s address on their Meet the Artists webpage is linked to their Google Maps location.
- If you plan to visit multiple locations over the course of the day, make note in advance of where to stop for refreshments, access to a washroom, and other needs that may arise. Local businesses participating in the Art Crawl are the perfect space to stop for a drink or some food – we can guarantee there will be beautiful art to appreciate while you enjoy your refreshments!
- Plan to bring your children, family, and friends, but please make arrangements to leave pets at home. Service animals are welcome.
The weekend of the event:
- Wear comfortable shoes; you may end up doing a lot of walking!
- Bring cash: you never know when you might fall in love with an artwork, and some artists only take cash payment. Other artists accept e-transfer as a form of payment, so it’s a good idea to refresh your memory on your online banking login information, if you have it set up.
- Look for signage at participating locations so you know you’re in the right place!
- Engage with, appreciate, and respect participating locations and artists! Remember that local businesses are kindly offering their spaces to artists and the community for this event; please respect patrons and workers when visiting these locations.
- Always ask an artist before taking pictures of their work.
- Always ask an artist’s permission before posting photos of their work on social media and ask if you can tag them! Artists who have social media accounts greatly appreciate the support of online attention. It is also always good to give credit and recognition to the artist, regardless of whether they have social media. Include the artist’s name or handle in the body of your social media post or as text in your story. It’s like putting someone’s name next to a quote: give credit where it’s due!
Bike-able and walk-able hubs
Google Maps limits the amount of destinations in a route. Maps are provided when available.
- West Van Bike Route: Listings 5, 6, 7, 8 10, 11 and 12. Total approximately 33 minutes of biking and 16 artists/galleries. Click here for map.
- Marine Drive Bike Route: Listings 13 – 31. Total about 20 minutes of biking and 32 artists/galleries.
- Marine Drive Walk Route: Listings 17 – 23. Total about 20 minutes of walking and 19 artists. Click here for map.
- Lonsdale Bike Route (Downhill if followed in order): Listings 75, 74, 63, 62, 61, 60, 59, 58, 54, 55, 53, 52, 51, 50. Total about 20 minutes of biking and 16 artists/galleries.
- Lower Lonsdale Walk or Bike Route: Listings 32 – 49. Total about 15 minutes of biking or 20 minutes of walking and 26 artists.
- Brewery District Tour – Walk or Bike Route: Listings 42, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49. Locations are within a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride. Click here for walk map. Click here for bike map.
- Deep Cove Bike Route: Listings 84 – 88. Total about 25 minutes of biking and 8 artists/galleries. Click here for map.
Public transportation information
- The 250, 253 and 255 buses stops within walking distance of listings 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
- The 255 stops within walking distance of listings 14 – 51
- The 236 stops within walking distance of listings 67, 68, 69, 71 and 72. You can stay on this bus until Queens and Lonsdale to join the Lonsdale bus route below.
- The 230 stops within walking distance of listings 58, 59, 54, 55, and 53 – 32.
As Covid-19 case numbers rise, we ask that visitors please take careful precautions to ensure that you are protecting yourself, the artists, and fellow visitors during the North Shore Art Crawl.
- We strongly recommend that visitors wear masks. Artists have the right to make masks mandatory at their individual studio space. Please respect their decision and their safety.
- Respect others’ space, and keep your distance, when possible, from the artists and from fellow visitors.
- Please follow the guidance and measures of each location you are visiting, as they may vary.
- Consider testing before attending the event if you have cause for concern (for example, if you have recently been in a crowded space or have travelled).
- Stay at home if you feel ill. There is always next year!
The North Shore Art Crawl falls on the same weekend as the municipal election, which takes place Saturday, October 15. Here is some brief information to help ensure you have the opportunity to both support local arts and practice your right to vote, all in one weekend!
- All polls are open from 8am to 8pm on Saturday, October 15.
- West Vancouver has five advance voting days at Municipal Hall. You can learn more and view the eight election day voting locations here.
- The District of North Vancouver has five advance voting days at District Hall and Parkgate Community Centre. You can learn more and view the twenty election day voting locations here (Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre is also an Art Crawl location, and other locations are conveniently close to Art Crawl venues!).
- The City of North Vancouver has five advance voting days at City Hall. You can learn more and view the nine election day locations here (many of them are also close to Art Crawl hubs).
- The City of Vancouver has five advance voting days throughout the city. You can learn more and view all voting locations here.