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Upcoming show at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre

Gabriola Live tickets available now!

The shows are booked and the time has arrived to celebrate performing artists on Gabriola Island with an initiative called Gabriola Live brought to you by the Gabriola Arts Council.

Protocols must be followed for all venues and vaccine passports are required. You can purchase your tickets on our website and the links are provided below or just go to the GABRIOLA LIVE tab on the navigation bar.

Here’s what we have lined up for you:

The Kerplunks: Oct 29th @ 1pm, Gabriola Elementary School (outdoors), Free concert

The Kerplunks are award winning Canadian children’s performers who bring high-energy, colourful performances to the stage. Featuring Dinah D, Jo Jo Hallet, Phil Wipper, and Aaron Cadwaladr.

Doghouse Blues Revue: Oct 30th @ 7pm, The Skol Pub, $15

Doghouse Blues Revue is a five piece, high-energy rockin’ blues band you can really sink your teeth into, as this band is super tight and highly entertaining. Featuring John Gresham, Chris Jans, Kelly Field, Robin King, and Mikey Swallow.

Gabriola Laughs: Nov 13th @ 7pm, The Surf Lodge, $20

A newcomer to Gabriola, but not a newcomer to comedy, Shirley Stark hosts a gut busting comedy night at the Surf Lodge featuring Kerry Unger. Also on the bill are Troy Stark, Blayne Smith, and Angel Woodhams.

A Cowboy Affair: Nov 20th @ 7pm, Gabriola Community Centre, $30

An evening showcasing songs, poems, and stories by Canadian treasures Gary Fjellgaard, Nathan Tinkham, and Ed Peekeekoot.

Get your tickets here!

Three nights at the Phoenix you won’t want to miss, as we roll from jazz, to cello, to an amazing trio with a guest violinist. A myriad of musical arrangements by Gabriola virtuosos.

Jazz Cafe: Dec 10th @ 7pm, the Phoenix Auditorium, $20

Start snapping your fingers to the cool jazz beats of  Roger Christie featuring Martie Steele on piano.

Corbin Keep: Dec 11th @ 7pm, the Phoenix Auditorium, $20

Cellistic interpretations and arrangements of works by Gabriola artists. Corbin is a genuine entertainer and his concert will be full of fun surprises, not to mention some fine cello playing.

John Capon Trio: Dec 12th @ 2pm, the Phoenix Auditorium, $20

John Capon on trombone, vocals; Brad Shipley on guitar, vocals; and Brian McMahon on upright bass, vocals. The trio is delighted to have Patricia Armstrong join them on violin for a special afternoon of swing, jazz, and classical music.

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Our second trio of concerts at the Phoenix Auditorium is sure to beat those winter blues and fill your heart and mind with incredible music over three magical nights. Treat a friend and experience the talent that graces our tiny island.

Pierre Schryer with guests Dagger Harbour: Dec 17th @ 7pm, the Phoenix Auditorium, $25

Pierre Schryer is a leading Canadian traditional fiddler. He captivates an audience with his energy and genuine warmth. Pierre will be joined by guitarist Andy Hillhouse. Dagger Harbour will open the show. Dagger Harbour has a harp (Mars Kurek), and a banjo (Emily Carson-Apstein), and the harmonies you need. 

Paul Gellman and Friends Variety Night: Dec 18th @ 7pm, the Phoenix, $20

The Paul Gellman Band will welcome guest vocalists performing a variety of songs. Paul will be joined by Neavv, Sandy Lucken, Jake Galbraith, and Mark Woodside. Sandy Lucken will also lead a Leonard Cohen tribute.

Women & Song: Dec 19th @ 2pm, the Phoenix Auditorium, $20

Carolyn Bell (piano, composer and singer) joins Sarah Osborne (guitar, song writer, and singer for the Magic Buttons) and Neavv (guitar, alternative synth pop singer and songwriter) to trade songs and tell stories. A powerful afternoon of collaboration, music and stories!

Get your tickets here!


Isle of the Arts Festival Coordinator Position

The Gabriola Arts Council is hiring a Festival Coordinator for the Isle of the Arts Festival in 2022.

This is a dynamic position with many challenges and even more celebratory moments. You will be responsible for putting together the workshop festival known as the Isle of the Arts. Ten days of artists teaching workshops on a myriad of topics. You will be contacting artists, recruiting volunteers, scheduling workshops, working with our a graphic designer on the brochure and advertising, proofing, working on the back end of the website, creating the workshop registration page, coordinating talent, communicating regularly with the Executive Director, plus more. It is an action packed contract and a very fulfilling one.

The successful candidate will have the following skills (if you do have some, but not all, we are still interested in hearing from you):

  • excellent communication skills
  • well developed interpersonal skills
  • superior time management
  • the ability to manage a budget
  • general festival coordination
  • multiple workshop coordination
  • events coordination
  • marketing and promotion
  • community outreach
  • social media skills

Hours expected are approximately: 320           Remuneration: $8,000

The Festival Coordinator will perform most of their duties remotely and is expected to attend regular meetings at the GAC office. The Festival Coordinator will also be expected to be available during the entire festival working with a team of volunteers.

The position runs from December 1, 2021 until April 15, 2022. Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2021 at 4pm by submitting your resume, 2 references, and a cover letter to:

Carol Fergusson, Executive Director,

If this sounds like a challenge you’d like to take on and become a member of the Gabriola Arts Council family, we’d love to hear from you. We are also open to partnerships taking on the contract.

The Gabriola Arts Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit, Intersex (2SLGBTQ+), women and men.


Fresh Notes at Tour Central

Join us even if you are not on island for Fresh Notes: Gabriola Youth in Concert at Tour Central. Five nights of five different performers with two performances an evening. From singer/songwriter to rap artist, diverse and talented. It all takes place in the company of the amazing art of Studio Tour 2021 artists. The perfect setting for artists to celebrate artists.

The evenings will be available on Zoom. Here is the link: click here!