After Dark Events

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Opening Reception of the 20th Anniversary of the New West Cultural Crawl

Free / no registration required

Join us in celebrating 20 years of the New West Cultural Crawl.

Massey Theatre will open its door from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Friday, October 13, for an evening of music, art, culture, and celebration. The reception will also mark the opening of the Leslie Poole exhibition – Landscape Portraits.

Landscape Portraits is an ongoing exhibition and will be open October 11-November 29, Tuesday-Friday, 1pm to 4pm. Or by appointment. Email

Renowned local artist, Leslie Poole, will be filling the Plaskett Gallery and the hallways of Massey Theatre. This exhibition marks the first time Leslie has showcased his work for the first time in New Westminster. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Vancouver-based artist Leslie Poole is internationally exhibited, and has had over 115 solo exhibitions in Canada and the US; one-person shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco; and his work has been shown in solo exhibitions in numerous Canadian museums.

Arrieta Art Studio Poetry with @Apt Pop

As part of the Poetry Floodlight Series, this event welcomes emerging and established poets to share their verses with the community. Crawl visitors are invited to celebrate the opening of the studio’s Tattoo exhibition while immersing themselves in a moving collection of performance art pieces.

Quality Time at Moodswing

With an emphasis on interesting music in an open and inviting atmosphere, Quality Time is a night focused less on the perfect vinyl mix, but on presenting eclectic sounds pulled from left-field electronic, post-punk, dub, spiritual jazz, field recordings & found sounds in the warm environment of Mood Swing bar. The quarterly event is meant to bring people together – over cocktails, natural wines and small plates, to actively engage with music beyond the boundaries of algorithms and features local vinyl DJs and engaging visuals.

Music in the Gallery with Quayside Voices

Join Quayside Voices and a collection of emerging musicians for an intimate concert at The Gallery in Queen’s Park. Surround yourself with the Best of the Craw exhibition while enjoying a diverse range of local performances in beautiful Queen’s Park.

Other Featured Events

Hijas del Sol at Anvil Centre

Hijas del Sol is a collective of Latin American women artists.

Their works are rich, colourful, and multi-disciplinary. They showcase various themes, styles, and techniques—and are as unique and diverse as each of our stories.

Discover their art, take part in their events, and collect their work.

Participating Artists

Make Your Own Clay Ornament with Dana Keli Ceramics

Visit Keli in her compact home studio located in Sapperton for a free workshop. Work alongside Keli and craft your own clay holiday ornament.

Irving House Artists in Residence Open Studio Days

Come meet the Irving House Artists in Residence, Holly Schmidt and Janet Wang. The Residence is a partnership between the New Westminster Museum and Archives and the Public Art Program. Two artists have been invited to explore and experiment in response to the site and surroundings of this historic home. Learn about their respective practices and how they engage with one of BC’s oldest post-contact historic homes.

Workshops at Anvil Community Centre

Eco Printing with the Garden Gals
Studio 1A 
Free. No registration required
Family Friendly

Come and discover vibrant paintings from the Garden Gals while taking in demos that reveal their passion for botanical eco printing. Join the gals for some still-life sketching and create your own garden-inspired work of art

Printmaking Fun
Studio 1B 
Free. No registration required
Family Friendly

Let’s get rolling! Using a variety of printmaking equipment, including inks, rollers and a professional press, explore all of the fun elements of printmaking.

Free Little Art Gallery Artist Workshop  (FLAG)

Kelly Poitras of Nicimos Designs is a Proud Métis artist whose family is originally from the Qu’Appelle Valley of Saskatchewan. Her dad has been Santa Claus in the New Westminster Christmas Parade, a past Board Member for the Hyack Festival Association, and a resident and student in Sapperton as a youth. Kelly creates Métis Dot Art to represent the beadwork my Ancestors used to make in order to provide the necessities for their Families through trading. Her art pieces include fridge magnets, wall decor, moccasins, and drums.

Fulton Tom is the owner/curator of the Free Little Art Gallery of New Westminster, whose mission is to get the community to Love Art | Make Art | Share Art. He is also a hobbyist artist that dabbles in a variety of media including paper, glass and wool.

During the New West Cultural Crawl, visitors to the Free Little Art Gallery of New Westminster can make Métis Dot Art magnets with Kelly from 1 pm to 4 pm and paper quilled magnets with Fulton. The activities are free.

Poetic Justice at Groove Cat Books & Records

Groove Cat Books & Records & Arts New West and Royal City Literary Arts Society present: Poetic Justice Special Edition featuring readings by some of New West’s premier poets: Alan Hill, Jessica Lee McMillan, & Aidan Chafe.

New West Craft Artisan Market @ Anvil Centre

New West Craft is a handmade market hosted by Arts New West. Shop a curated collection of New West Craft Artisans and Makers in the main lobby during the New West Cultural Crawl.

Changing the Conversation – Artist Talk with PJ Patten

Crawl visitors have the opportunity to get to know local artist PJ Patten and learn about the work he is doing as one of the two resident visual artists in the Changing the Conversation project.

Changing the Conversation is a three-year project that examines how public spaces and public art can facilitate a healthier discourse about housing in the community.

By working with those that are either homeless, precariously housed, and working on the front lines of harm reduction and supportive housing, PJ hopes his contribution to the Changing the Conversation Exhibition as an opportunity to give those who might not be heard a chance to share their experiences from dealing with the housing crisis.  Pieces shown in this exhibit were either created directly by people living and working in this growing problem or through collaboration with PJ.

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