Festival Events

Festival Launch - Stories at Sunset

With Joëlle Anthony, Lorna Crozier, and Monique Gray Smith, music by Jeremy Reynolds Join us for an extravagant evening of literary delights, where we satiate all palates with delectable readings from stellar writers, delicious food from the Surf Lodge, lovely music, and incredible ocean views right from your seat. Joëlle Anthony is a writer, playwright, actress, and writing teacher. She’s the author of three novels for teens, Restoring Harmony, The Right & the Real, and Speed of Life (published under the pen name J. M. Kelly), and her debut middle grade novel, A Month of Mondays, will be out in the spring of 2017. She enjoys teaching workshops to writers of all ages, and has been the Writer in Residence at Gabriola Elementary School for six years. www.joelleanthony.com | @joellewrites Lorna Crozier is the author of 17 books of poetry and two works of non-fiction. Her most recent book is a collaboration with photographer Ian McAllister, The Wild In You. Crozier is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria. She has received a Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Author’s Association Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Award (Gold Medal), the Dorothy Livesay Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Pat Lowther Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Crozier received the University of Victoria’s Distinguished Professors Award and has received numerous honorary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian Literature. In 2013, Crozier received the B.C. Lieutenant-Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award. www.lornacrozier.ca Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent. An award-winning author, international speaker, and sought-after consultant, she focuses on fostering paradigm shifts that emphasize the strength and resiliency of Canada’s First Peoples. Her novel Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature; her children’s book My Heart Fills with Happiness was on the BC Bestseller List for 37 weeks. Monique is known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity, and focus on resilience. www.moniquegraysmith.com

Jeremy Reynolds is a young Gabriolan cellist. He has studied for almost 3 years with Brendan Millbank and he performed last June at the Ladysmith Marine Festival with the Vancouver Island Youth Orchestra.

$30 | includes a sampling of delectable bites | Cash bar books will be for sale

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Writers' Union of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets.

One Book, One Community - Reading & Reconciliation

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. You can add your name to the wait list using the registration form. Join friends and community members in reading, contemplating, and engaging in the stories, history, and experiences of Canada’s First Nations. Inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation process and the 94 Calls to Action, this program is intended to build community through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same books while contributing to a country-wide process of fostering new and positive relationships with First Nations people. We are encouraging all Gabriolans to read Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. Available in multiple copies at the Gabriola Library and Page’s Bookstore. Monique Gray Smith (Lakota, Cree, Scottish) and Celestine Aleck (Snuneymuxw) will be present for the Community Conversation. Hosted by Shelagh Rogers, an Honorary Witness for the TRC. See the GAC website for details and updates, and for an Additional Reading list.

Admission by donation | limited seating


Project Partners: Friends of the Gabriola Library, Gabriola Island Branch—Vancouver Island Regional Library, Gabriola Museum and Heritage Society, Islands Trust, Page’s Bookstore & Marina

Hildegard’s Ghost

Hildegard’s Ghost exists in the realm of the unusual. Each tune a story, implores listeners to visit their ethereal world of classically tinged contemporary jazz. Composer/pianist Roisin Adams performs with Elisa Thorn on orchestral harp, with Vancouver sidemen on acoustic bass and drums.

Tickets $15 in Advance | $20 at the door | available At the Hive Emporium, 575 North rd |  All Ages 

Paper Crane Community Project For Peace

The crane has been traditionally cherished and respected as a symbol of longevity in Japan. After Hiroshima, paper origami cranes have become a symbol of world harmony—let’s fold them together for peace. Currently living in Qualicum Beach, Shino Yoneda is a teacher from Japan. She has been volunteering for the 1000 Crane Projects for the community, and teaches origami as art and math, and Chinese brush writing.

HIVE Emporium, Folklife Village | free | All Ages | drop-in

Gabriola Island Singers 40th Spring Concert

The Gabriola Island Singers present their 40th spring concert with many old and new songs and special guests. Join us in celebrating 40 years of song! The Gabriola Island Singers are a non-auditioned community choir which began in 1976. Memorable moments include singing at Expo 86, the opening of the Port Theatre, Remembrance Day ceremonies, and hosting the Soweto Teachers Choir and other choirs from Africa and Europe. The choir won the Lieutenant Governor’s Sing Me a Song contest in 2015 and 2016 for their original songs celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Matinee: entry by donation | evening: $15 At the door | All Ages

Nectar of the Gods: The Music, Paintings, & Poetry of Wine

For thousands of years, wine has been the creative nectar of humanity. Countless references to wine appear in paintings and literature. Enhance your experience of enjoying fine wine by viewing a selection of paintings, sampling wines, and listening to a solo violin performance and a poetry reading. Jack Glatzer has studied with several of the greatest teachers of the postwar period, in addition to his musical studies at Yale School of Music and the Musik Akademie of Basel, Switzerland. Glatzer is celebrated not only for his interpretations of Bach, Paganini, and Bartok, but also for his performances of Locatelli, Roman, Ysaye, Bloch, Stravinsky, Elgar, Rochberg, and Sculthorpe.

Tickets $25 in Advance At village liquor store | $30 At the door | Ages 19+ ∙

For pre-show dinner reservations please call the Surf Lodge at 250-247-9231

All Beings Confluence Exhibit

All Beings Confluence is an ever-expanding, interactive, community-based textile installation that consists of fabric panels made on Gabriola and around the world, each representing a single living Being—a ladybug, bird, tree, or blue-green algae providing our planet with oxygen. No single panel is ever seen by itself, but always “in community” with other Beings. Come walk among them and experience directly being part of the complex and interconnected Whole, which is Planet Earth. Visit here for more info on All Beings Confluence. This show will be hung and accessible from Tuesday April 11th to Sunday April 16th.

by dana/donation | the Net Loft, 1960 murray rd

Blossom Night Market

Don’t miss Gabriola’s fabulous annual night market! Welcome the Spring blossoms while enjoying the Island’s finest art and artisanal wares under sparkling lights! Sample delicious food, enjoy atmospheric music, and hang with the coolest cats on Gabriola. Go home with a new treasure and new awesome memories! Support Gabriola’s economy and buy local! And don’t miss the youth handmade lantern procession at 7pm.

Free event! | food And drinks for sale 

An Artist's Toolkit: Day Long Professional Development for Artists

9:00 am - CREATIVE ACTIVISM: A panel discussion »  Facilitated by Martha Cole, Fibre Artist and All Beings Confluence Creator Can art change the world? Is creativity the key to positive social change? How do we use art to build a strong, engaged community? Explore these questions and more in a thought-provoking discussion with this group of artists who combine creative skill with political activism as they strive to make change and create a better—and more beautiful—world for all living things. Bob Bossin is a legendary figure in Canadian folk music and his 2014 book Davy the Punk won several honours including the Pinsky-Givon Prize for non-fiction. His award-winning music video Sulphur Passage played a significant role in preserving the forest of Clayoquot Sound. Laurie Burns has been privileged to live on Gabriola for the past 7 years. She is busy realizing her childhood fantasy of making things, and celebrating a life which includes time for dreaming each day. Kristin Miller has made quilts about war, prejudice, infertility, the oceanic web of life, community, and the environment. She started the UnspOILed Coast Quilt Project, and collaborated on the interactive Salish Sea Map and the Kinder Morgan Egg Challenge. Leanne Prain is a Vancouver graphic designer and author of 3 published books. She enjoys looking for the intersections between the handmade & fabricated, and the intentional & accidental.   10:30 am - PREPARING YOUR PORTFOLIO » with Patt Scrivener Grab the attention of potential collectors and galleries with a polished portfolio. Discover tools to put together a portfolio in a digital format using online tools, and one that can be printed, too. Learn what to include, how many images, and how to format it. Award winning artist Patt Scrivener conducts workshops for Professional Art Groups and in her own studio. Her goal is to help students discover their intuitive creativity.   11:45 am - ACTIVISM THROUGH ART  »  with Leanne Prain An exploratory tour of how artists and designers use their work to activate social or political change. Leanne will share and discuss how art can be used to implement civic collaborations, community co-creations, conversation-worthy street art, and covert storytelling. Author and designer Leanne Prain currently works at a public engagement program at Simon Fraser University. Her books are Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, and Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles. www.leanneprain.com    1:00 pm - INSPIRED LUNCH WITH BREAKOUT WORK SESSION  »  Facilitated by Leanne Prain A time to gather and workshop ideas on how to launch an unusual art project, rally community, and document collective work. Participants are encouraged to share stories of their own subversive art projects. Generously sponsored by Robert’s Place   2:00 pm - IRON ARTIST  »  with Chris Straw “Allez create!” It’s a battle of the artists. You’ll be paired up with another challenger, and armed with a stash of mystery supplies. Collaboration, innovation, spontaneity, and fun! The panelists from earlier will judge your creations at the end of 30 minutes, and the winning teams will get mystery prizes! Hosted and egged-on by Colour Commentator Chris Straw.   3:00 pm - NAVIGATING ETSY your own online workshop  »  with Mei Dunlop In this general beginner’s course, you will learn how to navigate the online marketplace, Etsy. Know your brand, and market your items attractively online by using keywords and good descriptions to get yourself found, and look at seller stats to track performance. Mei Dunlop runs several online stores on Etsy and has sold over 20,000 items on and offline.  She’s very active in her community and is currently co-planning another Etsy market.   4:15 pm - SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS FOR ARTS BUSINESSES  »  with Deidre Tansey Learn clear, simple, creative strategies, to design a social media plan that works for you as an artist! With some helpful tools and shortcuts you can create pathways to engage your audience and reach people never before within your spectrum! With a background in Fine Arts Education and years of entrepreneurial experience, Deidre Tansey is the founder of the new creative digital media agency, Ampersand Media, that enables small businesses and creative individuals to reach their full potential within a realistic time  budget.

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$35 for the day, 18 & under $5 | includes luncH, Coffee/tea Nutrition breaks sponsored by Red Roaster Coffee, Slow Rise Bakery, & Nature Spirit Earth Market

Easter Bonnet Show & Parade

Easter Bonnets go back as far as the 1870s where it was tradition in Europe for ladies to wear flowers on their hats in celebration of spring. The tradition grew and spread to New York City where each year more than 30,000 men, women, boys, and girls show off their outrageous Easter bonnets in the world’s largest Easter Bonnet Parade. Wear your hand-decorated Easter Bonnet in Gabriola’s first-ever Easter Bonnet parade right before the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Whether you create your own Easter bonnet at the event, or join in as a spectator, it’s sure to be fabulous Easter fun! This event is a collaboration with GIRO, the Commons, and the Rod & Gun Club. GIRO is donating free materials to help you create a fabulous hat. Collect your materials at GIRO’s Easter Table on Saturday, April 8th and 15th. Anything goes! Will you be making a bonnet for the parade?

Email lisa@artsgabriola.ca to sign-up. free event!

Artist Appreciation BBQ

Celebrate 10 jam-packed days filled with creativity on our Isle of the Arts, and give love to all the artists, art lovers, and members of the Gabriola Arts Council Share stories, eat, drink, and celebrate. Unwind and revel in what you’ve learned and taught. Open to everyone. Dress for the weather. The 7th Annual Arty Award will be given to the Gabriolan voted Most Valuable Player in the Gabriola Art Scene for 2016—visit www.artsgabriola.ca to nominate your favourite, or drop off your nomination form at the Arts Centre when you register for your workshop. Past Arty recipients include Gail Lund, Leah Hokanson, Sheila Norgate, Tammy Hudgeon, Kathy McIntyre, and Jim Wilson-Storey.

Free event! | Cash bar sponsored by village food market