Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Subscura performs at Launch Festival 2014. Photo: Ash Tanasiychuk (

149 Arts Society

The Origins of 149 Arts at SFU

In 2010 Simon Fraser University's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, a newly constructed arts complex, was awarded a Cultural Spaces Fund from the Government of Canada through The Department of Canadian Heritage.

SFU's central obligation through this award was to create the 149 Arts Society (149 Arts) as a distinct charitable entity to ensure majority usage for Vancouver's professional cultural community within the new centre. Of the five performing arts venues within SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, two venues were noted as specific to this obligation: the Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre and the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema.

SFU's mission is to be Canada's leading engaged university, defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting edge research, and far-reaching community engagement. 149 Arts (formerly called the Simon Fraser Community Presentation Society) has translated this cultural mission statement into a meaningful community arts vision with financial, resource, and staff support from the SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit.

149 Arts' core mandate is to present contemporary performing arts that innovate and inspire new professional community arts practices through distinct presentations, discourse, mentorship and outreach opportunities in the Lower Mainland.

149 Arts: A Charitable Society

In its first two years of operation as a charity, 149 Arts is committed to professional arts programming that is provocative, innovative, and community based. 149 Art's intention is to engage, challenge and inform artists and audiences alike in unique and distinct, transformative experiences.

The Four Pillars of 149 Arts programming include:

  • Present leading international and national artists
  • Present diverse professional emerging artists and mentorship opportunities
  • Commission new works
  • Support underserved professional arts communities with mentorship and access to opportunities
  • 149 Arts Board consists of a cross-section of arts, business and university representation. 


149 Arts Programs Public Discourse:

  • Creative Collaborations. A conversation between Robert Lepage (Ex Machina) and Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot) 2012

Co-Presentations by 149 Arts:

  • The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi. Théâtre PÀP (Montreal, Canada) Co-presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Théâtre La Seizieme 2014
  • Usually Beauty Fails, Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal, Canada). Co-presented with the PuSH International Performing Arts Festival. 2014
  • A Crack in Everything. Zoe & Juniper (Seattle, WA) Co-presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2013

Festivals Produced by 149 Arts:

  • Festival LAUNCH! 2018 workshops for professional emerging artists.  Facilitated by Vanessa Goodman and Richard Layzell
  • Festival LAUNCH! 2016 for professional emerging artists. Hosted by Sarah Jickling. 
  • Festival LAUNCH! 2015 for professional emerging artists. Hosted by Warren Dean Flandez. 
  • Festival LAUNCH! 2014 for professional emerging artists. Hosted by Warren Dean Flandez. 
  • Festival LAUNCH! 2013 for professional emerging artists. Hosted by Veda Hille. 

Selected Press: