Reconciliation: A Commitment

Reconciliation not only requires apologies, reparations, the relearning of Canada’s national history, and public commemoration, but also needs real social political, and economic change … Canadians from all walks of life are responsible for taking action on reconciliation in concrete ways, working collaboratively with Aboriginal peoples. Reconciliation begins with each and every one of us.
—The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Read more…

Gabriola Artists Studio Tour

Isle of the Arts Festival

Healing Power of Art

GAC Needs You!

GAC Volunteer Position:
Facility and Equipment Manager

The completion of our renovations and the acquisition of a full suite of audiovisual gear for community use means we have a busy calendar of bookings for the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre and for our equipment. We’re looking for one or two detail-oriented, hands-on individuals with flexible schedules to help us take care of our users’ needs, and to manage and coordinate the use of the GAHC and our equipment.

Working closely with GAC’s Administrative Coordinator (who manages bookings for the Centre), this team would be responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all necessary furniture or equipment is available for GAHC renters (e.g. chairs, tables, projector, audio equipment, etc.);
  • Coordinating pick-up and return of audio equipment for off-site use;
  • Organizing supplies for artists hanging shows (e.g. hanging gear, ladder, etc.);
  • Other tasks related to ensuring the best experience possible for GAHC renters and equipment users.

Note that the position does not involve booking the Centre or the equipment, or cleaning the GAHC.

Interested or want to learn more? Send an email to Michelle at or call 250-247-7409.



GAC is hiring a student for the summer!

The Gabriola Arts Council is looking for a creative, energetic, hardworking student to work with us

Our new Community Arts Assistant will be available to work full-time for the months of July and August, and is interested in music, theatre, festivals, special events, community work, crafts, and more. The tasks will be varied and interesting, and one of the highlights will be working on the new music and theatre festival in mid-August.

You must be a high school student returning to high school in September 2018.

We’re happy to talk about flexible work hours. Salary is $13/hour.

Interested applicants should send a resume with a cover letter to before Thursday, May 3 at 4 pm.

Munu Canoe Family Fundraiser

Fundraiser and Cultural Demonstration

Monday, May 21  |  11 am to 2:30 pm
Gabriola Sands Provincial Park (Twin Beaches)  |  Gabriola Island

Free admission! Everyone Welcome!

Tribal Journeys is an annual event Read more…

Gabriola Artists Support Program


In celebration of our twentieth anniversary in 2017, the Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) created a fund to support local artists in their pursuit of creative, educational, or community-based projects. The fund was seeded by contributions from the President’s Legacy Fund (created from donations made in honour of Kathy Ramsey’s contribution to arts and culture on Gabriola) and a donation from Tammy Hudgeon. The GAC Board of Directors agreed to allocate a portion of membership fees to the GASP, a decision which will ensure an ongoing source of revenue for the fund.

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Gary Holmes Receives the 2018 ARTY Award

ARTY Award Goes to Snake Island Railroad Frontman

Gary retired from his lifelong work as a trainman a few years ago and took up the guitar more seriously. Shortly after, Gary and his bandmates started performing on the Island, most often at the Skol Pub where this popular Alt Country group keeps the dance floor hopping. Read more…

Isle of the Arts Festival

Registration is open for IOTA 2018.

Click here to go to the IOTA website.

Click here to go directly to the workshop and event registration page.

Click here if finances are a barrier and you would like to request some support.

Click here if you would like to nominate someone for the 2018 ARTY Award.

Click here if you would like to donate to the Inclusion Campaign.

Happy making and creating.


GAC 2017 — Celebrating 20 Years!

Here’s a look at 2017 in photos. Thank you to Bill Pope for the images, and to all of our members and supporters for being part of GAC’s work in the community.

More to come in 2018 — and beyond!