About Us

Ava Music & Art Centre Ltd. was established in 1995 by Mr. Fred Safaei. Mr. Safaei immigrated to Canada in aim of pursuing his dream to provide a professional, life-long education to musicians of all ages and levels. What began as a one-room studio operated by Mr. Safaei in the heart of North Vancouver quickly transformed into a business that consistently receives international acclaim for its high standards of music education.

Ava Music & Art Centre Ltd. currently employs over thirty dedicated instructors and staff members, and is run under the management of Heather Deris. Together, Mr. Safaei and Ms. Deris have created a facility in which students of all ages, levels and socioeconomic backgrounds are able to pursue their dreams in the arts industry.

Ava Music & Art Centre Ltd.'s primary goal is to provide a strong education in the arts coupled with the best customer service to the North Shore community. Given the success of our students over the years as well as the recognition we have received for our work in arts education, we are proud to say that we are achieving this goal and continuing to expand it on a day to day basis.

We have won awards such as: the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Awards' Business Person of the Year Award (2016), North Shore News' Readers Choice Awards' Best Music Lessons Award (2013) and more!

We have also been finalists for: the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Awards' Community Contribution Award (2016), North Shore News' Readers Choice Awards' Best Summer Camp Award (2016), the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Awards' Service Excellence Award (2015), North Shore News' Readers Choice Awards' Best Music Store Award (2015), Outlook's Best of the North Shore Awards' Best Music School Award (2012, 2011, 2010) and more!

As part of our contributions to the community, Ava Music & Art Centre Ltd. sponsors and attends local schools and charities on a yearly basis. Here are just a few of the organizations we have worked with: BC Cancer Society, Childrens Variety, North Shore Folk Fest, school PACs and more!