Welcome to Connection Salon!

Connection Salon started at the Lost+Found Cafe at 33 West Hastings, Vancouver in the fall of 2018. In 2021 the Cafe has closed so we have been looking for a new location. In 2021 the Cafe closed and we began looking for a new location. At the beginning of 2023 we held our first show at The Gathering Place Community Center at 609 Helmcken Street and our activities continue there. This space is aimed at being a low barrier exhibition space committed to exhibiting underrepresented artists and artists with lived experience with mental health .

The Gathering Place


Current Show:

Gifts of Madness Vancouver Touring show
July 5 - August 18

Next Events:


Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival was created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, and folks the world has labelled “mentally ill”. Mad Pride is a movement that celebrates the human rights and spectacular culture of people considered very different by our society. The event is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Connection Salon Collective and the Gathering Place Community Center.

Workshop for making Parade placards/banners ~ July 10 and 11, 2:00 to 4:00PM
Mad Pride Cabaret ~ July 14 , 2 :00- 7 :00PM
Carnival Band to lead parade at 2:00PM
Parade from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
MC: Jacques Lalonde
Artists: Beautiful Lizards, Iven Simonetti, Sarah Jickling & Kagan Goh
Meet the artists (Gifts of Madness) from 5:30 on till 7PM
View poster here

Presentations by graduate students from Emily Carr University of Art and Design
First session: Monday July 29, from 5:30 to 7:30
View poster here