Think Forward: Boost Your Creativity In Vancouver

There are pockets of creativity that exist in most cities – some are out in the open and others are hidden. As Vancouver has grown in size and matured with age, its creative community has strengthened.

We’ve found a few places where you can inspire your creative muse and discover how others are applying their imaginations.


Like the name suggests, Makerlabs is a space to make stuff. Become a member, rent a studio, or sign up for a few workshops. Learn how to use a 3D printer, work with wood, or fashion jewelry. And meet other people who want to create.


The Vancouver Art Gallery has always been an excellent source of art and culture, and the current exhibition, MASHUP, pushes the bar even higher. A collection of modern pieces from 156 artists who have changed the way we think about art.

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This downtown independent theatre is not only ground zero during the yearly Vancouver International Film Festival, it also shows foreign, classic, and documentary films on a frequently changing schedule all year. Various foreign film festivals are hosted here throughout the year, along with locally-made documentaries and short films.


A storytelling platform, Rain City Chronicles has been encouraging locals, personalities, and you to share moments from life since 2009. Stories are intertwined with music and food – all contributing to an inspiring evening.


Hidden away beside the Burrard Street bridge in Vanier Park, Museum of Vancouver shows intimate exhibits centring on all things that make up this city. This is where you’ll find the city’s largest collection of neon and an exhibit dedicated to the 1950s. Visit this spring to see Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver. The museum also hosts speaking series with topics spanning from architecture to psychology to literature.


Each autumn the East Van Cultural Crawl opens artists’ doors to the public. But throughout the year, some of these artists hold independent open houses. Browse art, sculpture, and furniture with the ability to speak directly to the artist about their inspirations.

For a list of artists in the neighbourhood take a look at the East Van Culture Crawl page and visit each artist’s website.


There can be no better place to find your inspiration than in nature. Take a stroll along the shore or amongst the trees to refresh your imagination.

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