Gift Certificates Available Online!

Want to buy tickets for your friends or family as a thank you, a congratulations, or just because? Not sure which play they would most want to see? Not sure what day they’ll be on Gabriola? Well now we’ve made available, the gift of theatre and fun!

You can give a single ticket, a pass, or a GAC membership as a gift! Just fill out the online order form below, and choose whether you’d like them mailed to an address or picked up at the ticket booth! Give ‘em fast so the lucky person can trade them for tickets before shows start selling out!

Buy Gift Certificates here!



Gabriola Theatre Festival at the Saturday Market!

Don’t miss the Gabriola Theatre Festival fun at the Saturday market today! The weather has cooled down to make it a bearable morning of veggie-munching, aisle-cruising, small-talking, GTF Ticket-buying, happy morning. VIsit Alina at the Gabriola Theatre Festival table AND don’t miss the festival guest! Could it be Trowel? Trent Trowel?

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A whole day for the family at the Gabriola Theatre Festival!

What are you doing with the family on August 16th? We’ve got a whole Saturday morning and afternoon for the kids and you don’t have to plan a thing!

The Gabriola Theatre Festival is very excited to announce their not-to-be-missed fun-filled kids day.

Start off your day with a scrumptious $5 pancake breakfast from the Gabriola Lions. Then head to the Holland Stage to see the $10 award-winning musical, Trunk! from Victoria’s Kerploding Theatre! Their talent will even have the parents on their feet!

At the end of the show, follow the cast to the outdoor stage for a quick finale song before GROWLS comes alive! Have fun with puppets and live music before stepping over to the kids corner! The kids corner has a NEW dressup stage, crafts, face painting and more!

And we’re not done yet! Head on over to the library at 2pm to see Gabriola’s own free award-winning band, The Kerplunks!

A whole day of fun for only $15! We’re so excited and hope you are too!


2013 Gabriola Theatre Festival trailer!

Check out the 2-minute trailer of all the happenings in the hub while waiting for the main stage shows to begin!

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Gabriola Theatre Festival Q&A in BC Musician Magazine!

BC Musician Magazine rocks! They just published a huge spread on the Gabriola Theatre Festival! For the last 5 years, amidst an abundance of inspiring theatre, we’ve had a rocking (free!) outdoor stage with all kinds of music and performers! And the outdoor stage coordinator, Lisa Webster-Gibson, along with Festival Director Alina Cerminara have spoken! Check out this Q&A here to learn more about the festival, thoughts on youth in the arts, theatre and writing, and island festivities!


“Lisa: Theatre is driven by the deep need / desire we all have to connect with each other, to share experience, and feel alive with that experience. Especially, if that experience makes us laugh, or learn.”


Get involved with our Inclusivity Campaign!

The Gabriola Theatre Festival has launched a new campaign to enable all Gabriolans to attend the Gabriola Theatre Festival mainstage shows.

The Gabriola Arts Council recognizes the importance of the arts in the community and in individual development: it’s been proven that the arts not only stimulate community economic growth but they can also improve quality of life. GAC’s mandate is to facilitate greater public awareness of and participation in the arts. We value and encourage community engagement, while fostering connections between and within community organizations. At this year’s Theatre Festival, we’re offering an amazing selection of ten professional shows to entertain, amuse, inspire and move you including musicals, a mystery, some comedy, a little Shakespeare, a little drama and something for the kids.

We ask that you consider being a part of our campaign, in partnership with People for a Healthy Community and other organizations, to ensure that everyone has access to the ticketed events at the Festival.

The campaign is simple: you let us know how many tickets you would like to purchase for donation. We’ll make sure those tickets get into the hands of people who would not have otherwise been able to attend a mainstage show. You can donate a single ticket for $20, three tickets for $50, five tickets for $80, or more. If you’d specifically like to donate tickets to the children’s show, those are $10 each.

What’s in it for you? Besides the joy that comes from acting generously and creating an opportunity for other people to enjoy the arts, you will also be acknowledged on the Gabriola Arts Council website (with a weblink and logo, if desired), on the Theatre Festival blog, on the Theatre Festival Facebook page, and your donation will be acknowledged directly on the ticket.

Can we count on your contribution? Please email Alina at to let her know how you would like to participate. She’ll make all of the necessary arrangements.

Check out the Gabriola Theatre Festival website for all of the details on the shows and other events throughout Festival weekend. Don’t forget to order tickets for yourself! Tickets are selling like the Lions Club hotcakes!

Thanks for your time and we look forward to your support.


What an amazing July 4th!

So many great things happened for the festival today! What a fabulous community. We got a big spread in BC Musician Magazine with Outdoor Coordinator, Lisa Webster-Gibson showcased. The wonderful Gabriolan Jack Mattes donated lumber for entrance construction, Kristin Miller has offered to take on the curtain construction, new lovely Gabriola resident Ava Crabbe is using her talent to design the entrance way, we might have found a couple more people to billet performers (still looking!), and 103.1 Jack/Ocean98.5 FM has offered to sponsor the event! And that is only today. There are so many more people doing amazing things to make this event happen who have been working at it everyday. Thanks everyone!

ANNND RIGHT after I post this, Colin Mochrie emails me back about Antony Holland. Say whaa!


Chelsea Haberlin: Making Waves & Comin’ to Gabe with Itsazoo! (again)

Chelsea Haberlin featured in the Vancouver Sun! Chelsea Haberlin and Itsazoo Productions just won a Jessie Award for Outstanding Small Theatre Production for their production of “Killer Joe”, which was an awesome in-your-face show that took place in a Vancouver trailer. And for their fourth year Itsazoo will be here with Delinquent Theatre with their show “Mr. Marmalade”. And don’t miss Chelsea, hosting the Emerging Artists workshop on Saturday August 16th at 4pm!

Read interview with Chelsea Haberlin here!


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Gabriola Lions Club CONCERT ON THE GREEN


The Gabriola Lions Club presents its 18th Annual Concert on the Green featuring the TIMEBENDERS.

Thursday, August 7 at the Gabriola Golf & Country Club

A family affair for all ages Read more…

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2013 Festival Fun Photos!

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Antony Holland Receives Order of Canada

Order of Canada award for veteran British Columbian thespian

Ninety-four year old award-winning Canadian thespian Antony Holland—a resident of Gabriola Island—has been honoured in the Governor General’s Canada Day appointments. He is to receive the Order of Canada for his lifetime service to theatrical arts.

Antony (Albert Edwin) Holland was born on March 28, 1920, in Tiverton, Devon, England, and has strutted upon the world’s stage Read more…

2012 Gabriola Theatre Festival Slide Show

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