The Crawl

The Eastside Culture Crawl Society aspires to promote artists who create original work of high quality, demonstrate a professional approach to their work and show high standards of presentation. We aim to present a diverse and varied body of visual art, craft and design to our audience attracting a wide spectrum of the public.


The Eastside Culture Crawl officially began in 1997 with 45 artists in 3 Strathcona area studio buildings and was attended by a few hundred people. Since that time the event has grown to include over 300 artists, craftspeople and designers attracting an audience of more than 15,000. The organization itself has evolved to represent the heart of the East Van creative community.

The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 3-day visual arts festival in November, that involves artists on Vancouver's Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.



2012 Record breaking with over 430 artists participating. The Cultch hosted the annual preview show and Studio 101 was a great success with our young art appreciators. The Crawl sponsored the participation of Union Gospel Mission, The Kettle Friendship Society and the Purple Thistle group.

2011  We had 364 artists in 75 buildings. The Waldorf Hotel hosted the opening night of an expanded Echo Chamber involving site specific installations throughout Strathcona in celebration of Vancouver 125. The Cultch once again hosted the preview show. The biggest accomplishment of the year was the Crawl moving into its own office space at 1000 Parker St. Studio 101 continues to be a success with young audiences.

2010 We bid fairwell to Valerie Arntzen. Thank you Val for more than ten years of service. Welcome to the new Executive Director, Jeffrey Boone. With 401 artists in 75 buildings we saw a boom in participating artists, audience and support from sponsors. 

2009 Over 300 artists in 60 buildings and art patrons were buying.  We got the cover of the Georgia Straight and an eight page pullout with articles on some of our artists.  Thanks to the over 10,000 people who came out to support our artists.

2008  300 artists in 50 buildings. This is our fifth year sponsoring The Kettle Friendship Society and Purple Thistle.  The Yale Hotel once again hosted our launch/fundraiser. The third annual Echo Chamber was held at Chapel Arts with poetry, film, music and 30 visual artists show. 

2007 Our 11th year and a very successful weekend. 45 buildings and 300 artists and 10,000 visitors. The Echo Chamber was our after party. Sadly the building at 901 Main is no longer studios. 

2006 Our 10th anniversary! We are having our 10 year birthday party at the Yale Hotel on November 2, 2006. Two Crawl bands, fashion show by our Artists, video screening of past Crawls by King Anderson. Preview shows at Firehall Theatre Gallery and Vancouver East Cultural Centre and Vancouver Home and Interior Design Show.  A new website was launched saying good by to Ryan Dalyrmple as our webmaster for the past seven years. The Echo Chamber was launched. 

2005 Up to 38 buildings and 300 artists this year.  We sponsored The Kettle Friendship Society: their art program with developmentally challenged artists, Firehall Arts Centre with spoken word and a preview show with 2 of our artists and Bantleman Court, a residence for Youth at risk. We hosted a well attended Collectors Workshop (coordinated by Esther Rausenberg), combined with the Preview Show opening at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. With attendance of 10,000 people.

2004 We have 35 buildings this year and over 250 artists. Lots of small studios with one and two artists. The Firehall Arts Centre hosted spoken word. St. James Society Victory House and The Kettle Friendship Society and The Purple Thistle Group participated as sponsored groups.

2003 Joining the 250 artists in 25 buildings, the Firehall Arts Centre, about 10,000 people attended this year. Board president, Rob O'Dea, registerd the Eastside Culture Crawl as a Society.

2002 The Eastside Culture Crawl has steadily grown to host more than 200 artists, 22 buildings and was attended by over 8000 people. The Crawl sponsors developmentally challenged artists at the Victory House who put on a sold out show.

2001 This year 170 artists opened their studios in 20 different buildings. The Crawl partners up with the Strathcona Community Centre and opens the information booth with 3 artists creating work there and we sponsored the Strathcona Chinese Dancers to perform.

2000 Several one-person studios in the community joined the Eastside Culture Crawl bringing the totals to 16 buildings and 160 artists.

1999 A volunteer coordinator, Valerie Arntzen organizes the 150 artists in 14 buildings event.

1998 Attendance surged to 3000 people. Numbers jumped to eleven buildings and 100 artists participated.

1997 The name Eastside Culture Crawl (thanks to Richard Tetrault) was adopted this year and 45 artists in three studios, Glass Onion, Paneficio and 1000 Parker Street. About 1000 people came to this visual arts festival.

1996 The "Open Studio Event" joined 1000 Parker Street, Glass Onion and Apriori Studios. About 50 artists participated and audience numbers more than doubled to 1000. Paneficio has an open studio event/fundraiser (Victims of neighbourhood fire) 8 artists participating.

1995 1000 Parker Street has an open studio event with 25 artists called the Show and Sell. 300 people attended. Paneficio has an open studio event/fundraiser (4 Artists with Aids) 6 artists participating.

1994 Paneficio has an open studio/fundraiser (Clayoquot arrestees travel costs to Victoria) 4 artists participating.