DEADLINE: Friday, February 17th, 2017

The StART Festival is seeking submissions by emerging artists working in all artistic disciplines. This includes but is not limited to visual art, music, dance, film, theatre, fiction, sketch comedy, animation, spoken word poetry, and installation art. The work will be displayed, distributed, performed, or screened at the Bus Stop Theatre in either the black box theatre or the lobby space.


This will be the START Festival’s fourth year. It will run from Saturday March 25th to Sunday March 26th 2017 at the Bus Stop Theatre.

The festival gives artists exposure to new audiences as well as the opportunity to meet likeminded peers working in other disciplines. Along with performances and exhibitions, this year’s festival also features a workshop and social events for participants.


While our eligibility criteria is pretty flexible, our mandate is to provide opportunities for emerging artists new to presenting their original work, and to connect them with resources – skills, space, and helping hands – that they may not otherwise have come by. If showing your work sounds like a thrilling next step, you’re in the right place.

We are particularly interested in helping artists that are students in some sense, whether they are enrolled in a college or university program, engaged in an apprenticeship, or participants in a less formal training program.


Please note that support material (relevant to your particular medium) is required and should be emailed to
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out! We are happy to help.