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Gabriola Arts Council—Village Food Market Community Card

Support the Gabriola Arts Council when you buy your groceries!

How about this for an amazing community partnership? When you use a Village Foods-Gabriola Arts Council Community Card, five percent of every dollar you load on the card will be donated to the GAC WI Improvement Fund. This money will allow the Arts Council to make necessary repairs to the foundation, electrical and water systems at the WI Hall.

How does it work? You load up a Community Card with a minimum of $100 (there’s no maximum, but you have to load in increments of $100). You use the card like cash or a debit card, and you have access to the entire amount (i.e. there’s no fee to card users). Every time you load the card, Village Foods makes a contribution of 5% to the WI Fund at the Gabriola Arts Council.

It’s WIN-WIN-WIN! You support the arts and your local grocer at no cost to you! The Arts Council gets closer to being able to make the required repairs to the WI Hall building. Village Foods gives back to the community!

How do you get started? Read more…



28 October 2014

7 pm: Meeting and Election of Directors

8 pm: Visioning Conversation. Share your ideas and dreams for the future of the WI Hall, and help come up with a new name.

Members in good standing can vote.


WI HALL | 476 South Rd. | 250-247-7409

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Living with Cancer

The new session begins on Sunday, November 9. Look here for details.


First Peoples Arts Map

The First Peoples Arts Map is a living interactive environment for Aboriginal artists and arts organizations to create an online presence, and be networked to the other participants. Check out this online resource, and if you are an Aboriginal artist you might want to register and add your information. See all of the information here.


Gabriola Arts Council receives generous donation for improvements to the WI Hall

Jim Wilson-Storey, President of the Gabriola Arts Council (GAC), announced today that they have received an anonymous donation of $24,644.30, designated specifically for repairs and improvements to the WI Hall building and property. The donation was received via CanadaHelps, a website that enables donors to contribute funds to registered charitable organizations. The donation came via their “securities” program, which allows donors to make a direct donation of a mutual fund or security at full value to the charity while being tax-efficient for the donor.

The Gabriola Arts Council took possession of the WI Hall property on September 5, 2014. While the building is in good shape and has been well maintained, it is starting to show its age; a recent and thorough inspection revealed a number of items in need of repair. The priority list includes a new foundation, Read more…

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The Gabriola Women’s Institute Hall has new owners!

Jim Wilson-Storey, President of the Gabriola Arts Council, is pleased to announce that the Arts Council board members are now the official stewards of the Gabriola Women’s Institute Hall. In a visionary act of generosity and community spirit, the members of the Gabriola Women’s Institute donated their building and property to the Arts Council. Read more…

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September is Pop-Up Poetry Month!

Poetry Gabriola is proud to announce



Online ticket sales have ended! You can purchase tickets at the door for all events listed below. If you ordered tickets online, they will be waiting for you at the door. If you want to register for a workshop, contact Lisa directly.


Monday, September 1—IAN FERRIER and For Body and Light


Saturday, September 20—SUSAN MUSGRAVE and STEPHEN REID

Sunday, September 21—WORKSHOP # 1 with SUSAN MUSGRAVE

Sunday, September 21—WORKSHOP # 2 with STEPHEN REID

Saturday, September 27—JEM ROLLS


Check out all the news from Poetry Gabriola here.

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Thank you, everyone!

There is nothing like a weekend when a whole community comes together to celebrate each other, celebrate visitors, and celebrate the arts. And after eight months of preparation, it is more than just the organizers, theatre practitioners and performers that make a weekend like this happen: it is also the volunteers, sponsors, and donors. So many Gabriolans put in hours and hours of their time to bring to you the magic of the theatre festival. And what a weekend the Sixth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival was! We could never give enough thanks to those involved, Read more…

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Gabriola Gumshoe! He’s BACK!

ONLINE ticket sales have ended but you can still purchase your tickets at the door. If you’ve already bought your tickets online, they will have your name on a list at the door. Enjoy the show!


Trent Trowel returns! On Sunday, September 14th at 4 pm in The Haven’s Phoenix Auditorium, Trent Trowel will once again share with an audience his greatest case. The case that changed his life forever. The Case Of The Coffeehouse Conflagration!

If you missed Gabriola Gumshoe: The Case of the Coffeehouse Conflagration at the Gabriola Theatre Festival, this is your chance to see the show that everyone’s talking about! Admission is $20 ($10 for 16 and under) and tickets will be available at Artworks as of the beginning of September, and online right here, right now! Read more…

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Gabriola Theatre Festival Audience Feedback

Thank you, thank you for attending the Sixth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival. The excitement is just starting to drift into memory, but we’re already thinking about next year. Your feedback will help us to ensure that the Festival is interesting, exciting and exactly what our audience wants.

We’ll be grateful for your answers to the questions below. If you’d like to email your feedback or comments directly Read more…

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This year’s raffle will consist of more than $700 worth of local goods! Raffle tickets will be for sale at the Speakeasy launch party, and in the festival hub all weekend. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. There will be three draws, the first worth a minimum of $100, the second worth a minimum of $200, and the third worth a minimum of $300!

The nightly draws will take place before each evening show. The lovely packages consist of work from: Sheila Norgate, D’dance Glass, Shantikat, Tiny Twigs, Full Circle Pottery, Vintage Signs, Red Roaster Coffee, Lorna Potts, Starfish Soap Company, Cabisan Design, Tyed Up and Dyed, New Society Publishers, and more! These great packages also include gift certificates from Woodfire Restaurant and Old Crow Cafe.

Support the local artists. Support the theatre festival. Get your tickets soon…You gotta be in it to win it!

Raffle Prize Friday Night: $135

Full Circle Pottery: Large bowl and two matching mugs
New Society Publishers: Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good by Heather Menzies
D’dance Glass: large glass ball
Red Roaster Coffee: 1 pound of coffee
Tiny Twigs: Bug Spray

Raffle Prize Saturday Night: $257

Sheila Norgate: painting
D’dance Glass: large glass ball
Vintage Signs: “Please do not feed or tease the monkeys”
Tyed Up and Dyed: T-shirt
Lorna Potts: Glass star
Starfish Soap Company: Soap Basket
Old Crow Café: $25
Raffle Prize Sunday Night: $400

Gulf Island Seaplanes: one way air ticket for one person, valid between Silva Bay and Vancouver International Airport
Shantikat: Diamond Willow Walking Stick
D’dance: Large glass vase
Woodfire Restaurant: $50
Cabisan Design: flags
Lindsay Stocking-Godfrey: bracelet


We cordially invite you to GTF’s Opening Ceremonies

The Antony Holland Opening Ceremonies on Friday, August 15th at 1pm is a not-to-be-missed Gabriola event.

Starting off with the Ken Capon Memorial Marching Band, this event will lead into words from Sheila Malcolmson, Jean Crowder, Howard Houle, Doug Routley, which will be followed by a brilliant Antony-Through-The-Ages performance from writer and performer James Hawkins, with songs from lovely Alison Humphries.

Jim Wilson-Storey, Garry Davey, Kathy Ramsey, and Susan Yates will read notes from Antony’s past colleagues and friends (many names which you will recognize), and then for the grand unveiling of dedicating the mainstage tent to Antony’s name.

And all of these remarkable events will happen in just one hour. Please join us in celebrating Antony Holland, and the opening of the sixth annual Gabriola Theatre Festival.



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