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,…

One Book, One Community - Reading & Reconciliation

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…