About Our Artist Meetups

Collage of various E3C artist meetup locations


If you’re looking for artist meetups in Halifax, The East Coast Creative Collective (E3C) is for you! We bring monthly meetup mayhem to designers, illustrators and visual artists. Our mission is to foster fellowship within Halifax’s visual artist community through a monthly meetup and various special events.


Where do these events take place?

Our main event, The Meetup, takes place once a month (usually the last Wednesday or Thursday of the month). You can find us in the front of The Foggy Goggle Pub (2057 Gottingen St, Halifax, Nova Scotia) at 7pm til late. The event costs $2 and is a great opportunity to bring your sketchbook or laptop out to work (or show off!), or just hang out and meet people.

In 2019, the Steering Committee wishes to increase the amount of designers and animators that attend the meetups. Please note that we are not strictly a drawing event: you can attend and enjoy E3C without drawing skills. Fostering fellowship between creatives in Halifax is our priority. Creating friendships with those in other disciplines is important to all artists! We believe that the mixing of different artist disciplines in a social setting is key in maintaining a healthy relationship with one’s own art practice, whatever that may be.


Who attends?

  • Illustrators
  • Graphic designers
  • Web designers
  • Motion graphic artists
  • Animators
  • Visual artists of all kinds: comic artists, painters, professional doodlers…
  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Enthusiasts


Why should I attend?

  • You’re going through an artistic block
  • You want to expand your circle of artistic friends
  • You want input on a new project
  • You’re a student looking to make connections
  • You’re looking to collaborate with others
  • Blogging/surfing the internet is fun, but you want to share with real people


What happens at the Meetup?

When you arrive at The Foggy Goggle, look for the colourful chatty crowd on the second floor! You’ll be asked to sign in and for $2 towards the running costs of E3C. There are no speakers or assigned seating, just creative people talking to each other. Some people like to show others projects they’re working on, some like to talk about a favourite new thing, others just like to listen. You can see upcoming meetups and other events here.

The only rule we have at E3C is a simple one: we encourage mingling, so if you get up out of your seat and find it filled upon your return, please pick up your beverage and talk to someone new!


How do I join?

Simply show up to an event! For your first monthly Meetup, just show up and say hello! Alison or Shannon will be available to introduce you to people and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Feeling shy? Bring a friend! The more the merrier. Pop in or stay the whole night – we can’t wait to meet you!


Can I/my company/organisation speak to your group?

We now offer sponsorship opportunities for individual meetups. Purchasing some beer and food in exchange of presentation time is all it takes. Read more about it here.


Who runs E3C?

The Steering Committee’s primary mission is to keep the E3C on track with events, organization, and funding. Friendly and approachable, Steering members are present at each event to make sure you feel welcome. Get to know us:

E3C Steering Alison KnottAlison Knott, Duchess of Do-It (Creator and Lead Organizer)
Creative Leaning: Design and weirdo drawings

What E3C means to me: “The passion, talent and energy we have in this city is amazing – why not try and ball some of it up in a common space? Consider E3C a breeding ground for new ideas, connections and inspiration that the interweb and regular social circles can’t provide!”


Shannon EllisShannon Ellis, Commander ShepART and all around Moon Princess
Creative Leanings: Animation, Painting, Drawing, Digital Art, Singing

What E3C means to me: “E3C is like your blank canvas: Inspiring, teeming with possibilities, a fresh perspective and an outlet for you to bounce all your creative ideas on. It’s a space to mingle with Halifax’s incredible creative community. Relax with a drink, talk shop, learn about upcoming events and make new friends. It’s a wonderful experience. I’m thankful every day I discovered it, and even more grateful to be a part of it.