Isle of the Arts Registration Now Open!

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Isle of the Arts Festival Registration Starts March 2nd!

Time to get artsy with these 50 incredible workshops over 10 days, each one crafted to bring out your artist within! Readings and writing workshops from award-winning authors, hands-on workshops by professional artists and artisans, movie screenings, a night market, music, parties and so much more! You’ve seen what these artists can do—now learn how they do it! Workshops are for the young, the old, the beginners, the veterans and everyone in between: opening minds to new ways of thinking and working and living in our beautiful world, on our beautiful island. Make Canadian Craft Year 2015 one to celebrate and remember!

This Festival embodies the Gabriola Arts Council’s mission to ACTIVATE, ENHANCE and INSPIRE our community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership and service. Come learn, share, experiment and invigorate the Isle of the Arts!


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GAC Presents: Grim & Fischer by the Wonderheads!

“Grim and Fischer is utter magic.” – CBC

One-act play | Devised and Performed by the Wonderheads
Sponsored by Carol Martin of Coast Realty Group

Wednesday, March 25 | Reception 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm, Q&A 8:00 | Ages 10+ | Tickets $20 online below and $10 for ages under 17, at North Road Sports or at the door | Community Hall | 2200 South Road | More info: or 250.247.7409

The Grim Reaper meets his match in Mrs. Fischer, a stubborn senior whose will to live is a force to be reckoned with. Equal parts hilarious and touching, this award winning physical comedy by mask imagineers the WONDERHEADS is the story of a tenacious granny who comes face to face with the Grim Reaper himself and must put up the fight of her life to escape his definitive grip.

Grim and Fischer is performed in full-face mask, a form so magical you will forget your age and marvel in childlike delight. Wordless and whimsical, it has been described by audiences as watching a living cartoon, or live-action Pixar.

The show has been touring the continent since 2009 and leaving sold out houses and delighted audiences in its wake. A profoundly fun blend of physical theatre, comedy and pathos, Grim and Fischer is an extraordinary experience you won’t soon forget.

Grim and Fischer is recommended for ages 10 – adult.

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Kafka and Sons

GAC Presents: Kafka and Son

One-act play | Adapted by Mark Cassidy and Alon Nashman | Performed by Alon Nashman | Directed by Mark Cassidy

Order tickets online here.

Kafka and Son is pure, unadulterated, surreal goodness.” VueWeekly, Canada ★★★★★

Thursday, February 19 | Reception 7pm, Show 7:30pm, Q&A 8:30 | Ages 14+ | Tickets $20 online, at North Road Sports or at the door | Cash bar | The Haven Phoenix Auditorium | 240 Davis Road | More info: or 250.247.7409

At the age of 36 Franz Kafka was still living at home, a petty bureaucrat, a failed artist, Read more…


Some Birds Walk for The Hell Of It: The C.R. Avery Opera

If you want to see an exciting show that will make you think, check out C.R. Avery  at the Gabriola Golf Course. This show is fun, political and slick. He has taken it across the country and internationally, it is well produced and well rehearsed. Gotta love a show that includes Read more…


Thanks for making the Chair Affair a successful event!

Thanks to all of you wonderful arts supporters for a successful Chair Affair event!

The Chair Affair was a fabulous sold-out success last Saturday night at the Community Hall! 45 chairs were auctioned off to the tune of fabulous music and poetry, along with scrumptious chili, popcorn, drinks, a silent auction, a paparazzi photo shoot, a 50/50, and more!
We’re still tally-ing the numbers but it looks like we raised over $10,000 to be put towards WI Hall upgrades! Yay!

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Bill & Bill at The Chair Affair

A Steady Recline

by Bill Richardson

Written and Performed on the Occasion of the Gabriola Arts Council’s The Chair Affair – January 31, 2015

for Shelagh Rogers


James visited the local mall, one fragrant day in June,

Cloud-like in his loneliness, and drifting at his ease.

He’d latterly retired, he would sleep till nearly noon,

Then breakfast at the Food Fare, something Thai or Japanese.


The mall was undistinguished, it was verging on the dour:

A Walmart, a computer joint, a low-rent bath boutique.

Here were no emporia to lure the connoisseur:

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