What We’re About
BC Creates is a collaborative communications initiative established to celebrate and tell the story of British Columbia’s vibrant creative industries. Our mission is to tell the stories about the individuals and companies propelling British Columbia’s economic and cultural future. As well, we want to be a central hub for facts that illustrate the reach and significance of our creative economy.
British Columbia has several primary sectors that fall under the creative industries umbrella. The four major ones are:
- Film & Television (Canadian, American, international productions, web entertainment);
- Music (singers, songwriters, composers, musicians, academies, festivals);
- Digital Media (video games developers, digital visual effects houses, online marketing, new media)
- Book & Magazine Publishing (including authors, journalists, print & online publications)
Collectively, our province’s creative industries generate at least $4 billion in annual GDP and support 85,000 skilled jobs in BC*, putting the province’s creative economy shoulder-to-shoulder with BC’s better known mining, agriculture and forestry sectors.
The cumulative contribution of BC’s creative economy to the province’s overall economic landscape is widely unknown. Moving forward in 2015 and beyond, our goal is to change that.
*Opportunity BC 2020: Creative Sector (PriceWaterhouse Coopers Report for the British Columbia Business Council)
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BC’s creative industries are vital economic drivers powered by knowledge, talent, entrepreneurship, innovation & vision. These are true evergreen industries, energized by the people behind our favorite forms of entertainment and social communication.
By working together to demonstrate the breadth of investment, achievement, reach and potential, the BC Creates team hopes to give the public a better understanding of what we’ve built, and the future potential of a strategically nurtured creative economy for both local and global audiences.
Now is the Time
Across the world, public and private sector stakeholders are capitalizing on the economic clout of their creative sons and daughters. The citizens of countries across the world beam with pride when their locally cultivated talent ascends to world-renowned status.
British Columbia has supplied more than its fair share of shining creative lights:
- With over 40 years of major Hollywood experience underneath their belt, our film and TV crews are known worldwide for their professionalism and expertise. Some of the highest profile projects filmed in BC include: “The Beachcombers” (1972-90); “First Blood” (1982), “The Grey Fox” (1983), “21 Jump Street” (1987); “The X-Files” (first series 1992-1998, second series 2016); “Da Vinci’s Inquest” (1995-2005); “Stargate SG-1” (1997-2007); “Smallville” (2001-11); “X2: X-Men United” (2003); “I, Robot” (2004); “Juno” (2007); “Tron Legacy” (2010); “Once Upon a Time” (2011-present); “Godzilla” (2013); and the upcoming films “Warcraft” (2016) and “Star Trek Beyond” (2016).
- Dozens of BC-born and raised acting talent have achieved super-stardom, ranging from classic television stars like Raymond Burr (“Perry Mason”), James Doohan (“Star Trek”) and Vvonne De Carlo (“The Munsters”) to contemporary actors like Kim Cattrall (“Sex in the City”), Michael J. Fox (“Back to the Future”), Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”), Carrie-Anne Moss (“The Matrix”), Cobie Smulders (“The Avengers”) and Seth Rogen (“Knocked Up”).
- BC has also produced legendary musical talent known throughout the world: Bryan Adams, Sarah MacLachlan, Joni Mitchell, Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, David Foster, Carly Rae Jepsen, Long John Baldrey, Nelly Furtado, Judith Forst and many more hail from our province.
- Literary titans such as William Gibson, W.P. Kinsella, Emily Carr, Pat Lowther, Douglas Copeland, bill bissett, Malcolm Lowry and Evelyn Lau all presently reside or wrote notable works while living in BC.
- In electronic entertainment, the first Canadian-made video game hailed from BC, 1982’s “Evolution“. Subsequently, the financial success of “Evolution” allowed Don Mattrick to form Distinctive Software, which was later acquired by Electronic Arts in 1991. Some of Electronic Arts’ biggest-selling game franchises now come from EA Canada such as “NHL“, “FIFA” and “Plants vs. Zombies“. Other highly visible gaming franchises born in BC include Capcom’s “Dead Rising“, Next Level Games’ “Luigi’s Mansion“, A Thinking Ape’s “Kingdoms at War“, Disney Interactive’s “Club Penguin“, Klei Entertainment’s “Don’t Starve” and Microsoft’s “Gears of War” 2016 title.
Share Our Story
Under the banner BC Creates, collaborators – from across film & television, digital media & technology, music, and magazine & book publishing, and the public and community sector partners we work with – are mobilizing communications that collectively demonstrate British Columbia’s proud history of creative excellence and our exciting future potential.
This is taking place across traditional communication platforms, through trade and special events, and on social media channels like the BC Creates Facebook page, our Twitter account and this website.
BC Creates is a showcase for the province’s creative industries: the economic benefits & jobs; innovation & achievement; education & industry futures; community partnerships; global reach; and little known facts that demystify the creative industries in BC – in short, a collective of the economic, cultural and social contributions at the heart of BC’s creative economy.
BC Creates is also an effort to galvanize the inspiration and the will to collaboratively look ahead. We want to:
- Capitalize on our successes
- Make cross sector connections
- Align job skills development and education
- Leverage our collective strengths
This is our opportunity to build a creative industries growth strategy in British Columbia that leads to an even more exciting and prosperous future for the British Columbia’s creative economy.
Whether you are directly employed in one of our creative industries, or a supporter of them, or simply interested in learning more, we welcome you to become a part of our community.
— The BC Creates Team