Got Culture? Visit 440 Artists in 4 Days on the Eastside Culture Crawl, Nov 19-22

A creation from glass and jewellery artist Maria Keating. Sourced from

A creation from glass and jewellery artist Maria Keating. Sourced from

You’ve had your fill of pub crawls, dining crawls and desert crawls. So why not enjoy a heaping helping of culture?

More than 400 Vancouver artists are opening the front doors of their homes and studios for four days this month for the annual Eastside Culture Crawl. The uniquely Vancouver event, which sees art fans canvassing the city’s Eastside in search of bohemian gold, returns for another year, Nov. 19-Nov. 22.

Up to 25,000 people are expected to take to the streets for a fascinating, first-hand glimpse into the city’s creative scene. Once a gritty, blue-collar bastion, East Vancouver has blossomed into one of they city’s cultural hubs. In century-old homes and old warehouse spaces, hundreds of artists turn out everything from jewelry and sculpture to prints, avant-garde photography, furniture and carvings. 

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 8.52.04 AMThis year, more than 80 buildings and studios where artists work and live are featured in the crawl. The handy map offers a bird’s-eye view of all the galleries, which cover a massive swath of East Vancouver north of 1st Avenue, all the way from Columbia Street in Gastown to Victoria Drive in the east. There’s also a detailed, 20-page studio guide that lists all of the participating artists, as well as official events.

A creation from Color Sound Lab. Sourced from

A creation from Color Sound Lab. Sourced from

So what kind of art can you expect to find on your crawl? Inside Abubilladesign on Pender Street, Madrid-born designers Clotilde Orozco and Alejandro Sanguino craft whimsical children’s furniture and playthings out of recycled and sustainably harvested wood. At Raven’s Eye Studio on East Hastings Street, artist Haisla Collins draws on aboriginal influences in surreal portraits with strong lines and colour. Stop by the Color Sound Lab on Powell Street to see artists craft avant-garde puppets – everything from mermaids to fuzzy llamas and menacing cats – rooted in sock-puppet playfulness. And these are just three of an estimated 440 artists featured on the crawl.

The Eastside Culture Crawl is Nov. 19-Nov. 20 (5 p.m.-10 p.m.) and Nov. 21-Nov. 22 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Maps and additional details are available on the website.

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