Nightmare on Railroad Ave.: A Haunted House

Empty your bladder and put on your game face — Make.Shift is taking over the Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden for two nights of terror! 

Be prepared for a full-blown haunted house full of live actors, chilling detail, and unbelievable scares. This event is ALL AGES, but be warned that this may be too scary for little ones. MUAHAHA.

7-11 p.m. Wed. Oct. 30
7-11 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 31

Boundary Bay beer available for purchase for those 21+.

Forgot a costume or wanna jazz yours up? Let our makeup artists paint your face while you wait in line!

The BIG FAT Benefit Breakfast!

Join us at Boundary Bay Sunday, June 30 for an epic breakfast with proceeds benefitting Make.Shift.



Breakfast starts at 10 a.m. and will help Make.Shift raise funds to get our all-ages, drug-free music venue up to fire code.

No cover charge; breakfast is $10.

Polecat: Stomp-Grass Americana!

Hot Damn Scandal: Tipsy American Gypsy Blues, End of the World Love Songs, Whiskey Bottle Yodeler Folk, Aviator Earball Shades, and much much more!!!

The 2nd Annual Make.Shift Block Party!

It’s back! After the incredible success of our first Block Party in 2012, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting the 2013 Make.Shift Block Party on Saturday , July 27.

Expect all-day live, local music, delicious food, uncouth water sports, upgraded kid’s station, bouncey house, bike shenanigans, circus preformery, beer garden, family fun, and SO MUCH MORE!

Thursday Benefit at The Shakedown

Help Make.Shift raise the funds needed to get our building up to fire code so we can host all-ages live shows again!


Thursday 5/23/13 $5-$10 suggested donation, door at 9, music at 10

Dog Shredder
“Dog Shredder are quantum physics. No space left untouched. Garage insanity? The soundtrack to M.I.T.? Blistering connections that were impossible to predict. If you took a bottle of narcotics and got pushed out of an airplane flying to Naked City without a parachute by No Means No and land on John Zorn, you may end up as a Dog Shredder.”

The Narrows

(With Charlie, John, Alec, and Ben – members of Sloths, Livingston Seagull, Swine, and Chambers)


That’s Right, it’s finally Yellingham weekend. More info over at Yellingham’s website. Full Lineup:

Photo by Tommy Calderon

Pick up a show map at any Make.Shift show to find out the addresses of the house shows

APRIL 12th

7:30 pm, Make.Shift
Unnatural Helpers
The Exquisites
Wild Moth
Lee Corey Oswald
Your Rival

APRIL 13th

The Shadies
Camp Wisdom
Nick Duncan
Juniper Stills

manatee commune

duck little brother duck
Walter and Perry
Ship to Ship
The Sky Above and Earth Below

7pm at Make.Shift
Special Explosion
Chastity Belt

Carrion Spring
Earth Control


Stephen Steen (Violins, Specters)
Learning Team
June Madrona

Swamp Meat

7pm at Make.Shift
Shook Ones
The Grizzled Mighty
So Adult

In The Gallery: Viva La Analog!

Our January gallery show opens with Art Walk on Friday January 4, from 6-10 p.m. FREE!

What do Steve Jobs and Dr. Frankenstein have in common? Bellingham artists BJ Ott and Jarod Faw explore our relationship with and pursuit of technology in “Viva La Analog,” a multimedia show celebrating the simpler things in life.

Live music by:
Robert N Paulson
& Creech

Join us for Green Drinks at Make.Shift

Head over to Make.Shift when you get off work to check out the new gallery show, have a drink with friends, and make some new ones.

Bellingham Green Drinks is a big monthly gathering of environmentally-minded people — This is your chance to network, collaborate and find out what’s going on in our community.

Everyone’s welcome; Beer and wine available to those 21+. A big thanks to our beer sponsor Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Announcing the 2012 Holiday Make.Sale

We’re excited to announce the 2012 Holiday Make.Sale — our annual DIY local craft fair and celebration — from noon-5 p.m. Sat. Dec. 15 and Sun. Dec. 16.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s “Jinxmas,” the holiday fair has a new name and new participants this year. Make.Shift will pack more than a dozen local crafters into the upstairs gallery and downstairs venue area, offering everything from fine art to hand-sewn goods, knits and jewelry.

In addition to the vendor booths, Make.Shift will offer home-baked treats and hot holiday beverages. The local arts and music nonprofit hopes the event will encourage shoppers to support local artisans with their holiday purchases. “The Make.Sale really is one-stop shopping for incredible, locally made gifts,” said Cat Sieh, Make.Shift Director. “It’s going to be so cozy you won’t want to leave.”
Those who stop by the Make.Sale can also check out the Dec. exhibition ”Pinups,” a gallery show comprised entirely of limited-edition one-inch buttons designed by local and regional artists.

Call for Art: One-Inch Pin Ups

“Pin Ups!”  coming to Make.Shift this December: A gallery show of 1” buttons and an Art Walk trading extravaganza. Submission deadline Oct. 31

Here’s how it works:

  • You design the buttons for the show, and we print the buttons for you. Selected artists receive 15 complimentary one-inch buttons of their chosen designs.
  • Submit up to 5 designs for 1” round buttons. Send images in jpeg format, no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels. Label images with your last name,first initial, & number 1-5   ex:  smithj1.jpg, smithj2.jpg, etc. More detailed guidelines are here.
  • Include contact info: Your name, e-mail address, & phone number. Send info & images to Jess Flegel at: gallery (at)
  • We will select up to 3 of your designs for the show. We will notify artists mid November of our selections.
  • During the Dec. Art Walk Reception, selected pins will be displayed in the gallery. Attendees will purchase a random grab bag of 5 pins for $5. Then attendees can trade throughout the night in order to try to get other pins they want.

All sales from the show go toward making Make.Shift a better space for more great art & music.