Gabriola Arts Council

Cultivate Festival 2024 performers & tickets announcement

Cultivate Festival 2024 performers & tickets announcement

Cultivate Festival 2024 performers & tickets announcement

Cultivate Festival 2024 performers & tickets announcement

The anticipation is over. Prepare to be entertained.

Cultivate Performing and Arts Festival begins on Wednesday, July 10th through Sunday, July 14th featuring five days of arts and culture for everyone to enjoy.

The Gabriola Arts Council is proud to present a festival that reflects the essence of Gabriola. This year you will find programming at a variety of venues around the island over five days reflecting our theme: find your rhythm.

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Cultivate x Brickyard Music and Arts Festival

Cultivate kicks off on July 10 with the Brickyard Music and Arts Festival at Brickyard Beach. This colourfully curated arts and community evening begins with a potluck and continues with a high-quality open-mic style live music event with full lights and sound setup, all in front of a beautiful sunset.

Ceremonial Opening

The festival opening is on Thursday, July 11 and features The Indigenous Women Rise Drum Group,  representing First Nations, Metis, and Inuit women from across Turtle Island followed by Music to Our Ears: A Gabriola Variety Show

Indigenous Rise Women's Drum Group

Celtic Folk and Indie Folk

The weekend kicks off on Friday, July 12 with Clanna Morna and Dana Sipos. Clanna Morna’s sound is rooted in traditional Irish, Scottish and English music, treating us to a unique take on the Celtic folk genre. Acclaimed indie, folk singer-songwriter Dana Sipos follows with her rich spiralling vocals and textured instrumentation set to bold production choices.

Sound Meditation

Charlie Gates (they/them) offers to nourish the imagination and cultivate enchantment through sensorial experiences. 

Today, their work in the world creates a weave between sound meditation, somatic and restorative practices, mythopoetics, and deep listening: offerings that hope to create regenerative resting grounds to nourish the imagination and cultivate enchantment through sensorial experiences.
Bring a yoga mat and some props that will help you feel supported.

Find them on Instagram at @soundsbycharlie


Charles Gates performing a sound meditation
Rainbow the Harp Faery art

Faery Fun for Kids of All Ages

Saturday, July 13 begins with fun for children of all ages. Rainbow the Harp Faery enchants audience members with her whimsical melodies and captivating tales. Her performance is followed by face painting. 

Laugh Out Loud

Hailey Rose is contemporary family comedy about love in all its expressions. This film is a comically tragic and heart-warming tale about running away, facing your past and accepting your loved ones, old and new.

Poster of Hailey Rose's film screening with the Queer Cinema Archive
Photo of Omolara - Nigerian-Canadian vocalist

The Joy and Rhythm of Reggae and Worldbeat

From the tender age of 16, Nigerian-Canadian vocalist Omolara embarked on a journey to share her boundless joy and rhythm, igniting the dancing spirit within all who encounter her.

Throughout her illustrious career over more than three decades, Omolara has contributed her voice to numerous reggae and world beat collectives, including Small Axe, PHD, and Dubfreque.

With blessings and love, Omolara extends her artistry to the world.


Harpoonist, known to family, friends, and hardcore fans as Shawn Hall, is a harpoon/harmonica/harp virtuoso with a couple of decades in the hardcore blues-based rock and roll trenches.

Gear up for the raw and energetic fusion of rock, funk, and soul in their debut album, Did We Come Here to Dance. Oh, and you almost certainly will dance. 


Puppet Show and Workshop – Fun!  

With re-purposed and recycled materials, using puppetry, live music, and storytelling, Pico’s Puppet Palace connects audiences globally and across generations.

Pico is a world traveler who flies around in a yellow bi-plane. She is in the middle of a mail run when all of a sudden her plane runs out of fuel and she is forced to make a crash landing on a nearby island. Here she meets David, a marooned naturalist, who shows her the charms of the island and many wonderful characters. How will the story unfold? Each episode of Pico’s adventures introduces ecological and environmental issues, innovations and ideas.

Find Pico’s Puppet Palace on Instagram and Facebook, @picospuppetpalace

Gabriola Players present ART

The first production staged by newly-formed Gabriola Players was in the spring of 2005. Since then the group has performed over 100 pieces, including full-length dramas and comedies, a large number of one-act plays in its popular annual festival (many of which have been new works by Gabriola writers), Shakespeare and, of course, the annual pantomime.

All four performances of its April production of ART by Yasmina Reza were sold out before opening night, so Gabriola Players is delighted to provide those who were disappointed to miss it the first time around with another opportunity to see this delightful play about the nature of art and friendship.

John Capon quartet featuring all four musicians with their instruments

John Capon Quartet

John Capon started his career as a Bass Trombonist in Vancouver, BC in 1960. He played on CBC Radio and on TV, most notably Jazz Radio Canada. He also played in the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. In 1967, he moved to Toronto and joined the Canadian Opera and the National Ballet Orchestras. In 1986, Capon moved with his wife and children to Gabriola, where he conducted the Malaspina Choir for 16 years and created the Gabriola Chamber Ensemble. During the last 30 years, he produced three CDs as a Jazz soloist.

The John Capon Quartet features John Capon, trombone and vocals, Brad Shipley, guitar and vocals, Brian McMahon, string bass and vocals and Jesse Capon, drum set.

Festival Finale Jim Byrnes

For nearly fifty years, Jim Byrnes has crooned, drawled, belted, hollered and sweet talked more songs into a microphone than most people hear in a lifetime. The sheer joy you can hear in his evocative, smoky vocals is a reason to celebrate him as a living musical treasure.

Over the years, he has had the great good fortune to appear with a virtual who’s who of the blues, from Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to Taj Mahal and Robert Cray. Jim moved to Vancouver, BC in the mid-70s and has been a mainstay on both the music and screen scenes ever since.

Jim was recently awarded the Order of Canada, acknowledging the impact he has had on the Canadian arts scene as well as for his philanthropic work. With many award winning albums to his credit (Maple Blues Awards, WCMAs, Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards), and fame as an actor equal to his legendary music status, Jim Byrnes is that artist who will light up the stage with songs and stories, tried and true.

Blues legend Jim Byrnes performing with his guitar

You can download a copy of The Cultivate 2024 brochure for event listings, ticket prices, dates, times and locations.

If you live on Gabriola,  you’ll receive a brochure with your Sounder newspaper on June 12th. Or you can pick up a brochure at a local business or the Gabriola Arts Council office between 9am and 5pm.

We recognize the impact of inflation on our Gabriola community and understand some may find our program costs restrictive. Our inclusivity fund is available to assist individuals in need. An online application is all that’s required to apply for funding assistance for any program. Visit our inclusivity page to apply:

Volunteer Opportunity

You can play a crucial role in creating an unforgettable experience for our artists & attendees. Whether you’re passionate about hospitality, logistics, or simply love being part of a vibrant community, there’s a place for you here.
No matter your background or skill set, we welcome your enthusiasm and dedication. Join us in making Cultivate the best it can be!

Benefits of volunteering include:

Free ticket(s) to a paid event of your choice

How to Sign Up:

Visit:…/1FAIpQLSdCsU_Auwab…/viewform to fill out our volunteer application form and choose your preferred shifts.

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