GAC Newsletter – 14 November 2013


GAC is Hiring!
Café GAC
2014 Thanksgiving Studio Tour Registration
Isle of the Arts Festival 2014 – Call for Artists



Between Wood and Water
Sheila Norgate at the Gabriola Public Library
Poetry Gabriola News
Moon Language with Leah Hokanson
Victor Anthony Trio – Dance!
Short Pants & Tall Tales
Seasonal Craft Fairs
Coming Up at Artworks



Federation of BC Writers “Young BC Writers Contest”
Theatre BC Provincial Playwriting Competition
Nanaimo Cultural Plan Open House



GAC is hiring a Director for the 2014 Gabriola Theatre Festival

This part-time, 8-month position will start in January. It will be a demanding, creative, exciting job working under the mentorship of Festival Founder Jim Wilson-Storey. The job includes overseeing all aspects of the Festival, including Operational, Financial, Promotion and Artistic. Festival Organization and Theatre experience an asset. If you think this job is for you, please send a letter of interest with your resume to, with “Theatre Festival Director” in the subject line.

Deadline to apply: 1 December 2013


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Café GAC

Interested in what’s happening at the Gabriola Arts Council? Have questions about what the GAC does, or suggestions for programs or events you would like to see the GAC involved in? Want to talk about the GAC’s new Five-Year Strategic Plan? Come to Café GAC – a casual, facilitated, café-style gathering of GAC members and supporters. Share ideas, voice concerns, receive information and talk about arts and culture on Gabriola.


If you’d like to read the Strategic Plan, you can download a summary from our website.

Sunday 17 November | 2 pm to 4:30 pm | PHC Dining Room – 675 North Road


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2014 Thanksgiving Studio Tour Registration

Registration is now open. The Early Bird deadline is December 5 – register today to get the best rates. Find all of the details, download a registration form or register online at the GAC website.


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Isle of the Arts Festival 2014

Calling all artists musicians writers actors dancers poets woodworkers!

Isle of the Arts Festival | April 17th to April 27th

We are putting together the program for the Isle of the Arts festival, and want to hear from those of you who would like to teach a workshop. Email me as soon as possible with your workshop idea giving an outline of what you will teach and a savvy estimate of the material costs.

We are especially interested in hearing  from musicians, performers, of any kind, dancers, actors, poets, and artists specializing in drawing and printmaking.  We also need some experts in the retail and marketing end of things, and people who specialize in the writing of bios, press kits, and know how to teach others how to get their work out to the right places.
We will look over and consider all applicants and then let you know if your idea is a good fit for this year’s festival.

Look here for last year’s schedule

Contact Kate for information or to submit a proposal:


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Between Wood and Water – Land-Ho!

This Friday, Artworks will host the “Land-Ho!” closing party, which will include a sell-off of the works that haven’t already been claimed through the campaign. Come celebrate and count down to the close of a successful fundraising campaign for the local production of the documentary “Between Wood and Water” about Dorothy. Currently under restoration by Gabriolan artist and shipwright Tony Grove for the Maritime Museum, Dorothy is considered the oldest functioning sailboat in Canada. The documentary is being produced by filmmaker Tobi Elliott. More info at


Many Gabriolan artists and entrepreneurs have donated works, crafts and art, which have been available as perks during 2-month campaign. They have raised over $6,000 for the film, but more is needed to keep the cameras rolling! Donations are being accepted at until Friday Nov 15 at midnight. Keep spreading the word and help push this over the top!


Tobi wishes to express a HUGE thank you to the many artists and Gabriolans who have donated or contributed their amazing gifts, including the GAC. I couldn’t imagine doing this without you! Lesley Harris, Kate Wood, Allana Thorne, Lindsay Stocking Godfrey, Derrill Shuttleworth, Tammy Hudgeon, Margot of Starfish Soaps, Megan Fee, Zena Rogak, Margo Anafossie, Rick Cranston, Kimm Nightingale, Joke Mensink, Gwen Spinks Melanie Yearow, Ken Wur, Bryan McCrae, Dave Aris, and of course Tony Grove!


Friday Nov 15, 7 – 9 pm | Wine and nibbles will be provided | Prizes and T-shirts in abundance!


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Sheila Norgate at the Gabriola Public Library

After Ted: a multi-media show featuring Norgate’s original TEDx talk “Women and Empathy: Trouble on the Homefront”. Norgate will also read an excerpt from a new memoir-in-progress called Looking the Other Way: My Search for a Mother and How I Finally Found One.

Saturday, November 23 | 12:30 to 1:30 | Gabriola Public Library

Info: 250-247-7308 | Free! | A Presentation of the Friends of Gabriola Library


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Poetry Gabriola News: It is a glorious time for poetry


CR Avery – Mirror Wrecking Ball Tour 2013 Live at the Gabriola Golf Club

Poetry Gabriola is pleased to present C.R. Avery and Sarah Macdougall – two notorious song-writers with completely different styles – teaming up for one incredible night! Avery & Macdougall are both seasoned road warriors who’ve traveled the world honing the troubadour’s craft. Both artists are renowned for spell-binding solo sets, casting black-magic lyrics with cast-iron melodies. The evening will also feature a rare set of duets.

Thursday November 14 – Doors open at 7:00pm and show at 8:00pm. $10 at the door.


Beautiful Poets Launch

Third Thursday open mic evening at The Old Crow Café, will be followed by five featured readers – Nanaimo’s newly installed Poet Laureate, Naomi Beth Wakan, Kim Clark from Cedar, Kim Goldberg from Nanaimo, Darryl Knowles from Coombs, and Robert Martens from Abbotsford. Wakan, Clark, Goldberg and Knowles will read poems from Lipstick Press’ “Beautiful Women anthology”, and Martens will read some new poems from his soon to be published book. The café opens at 6:45 pm and will be serving their usual tasty fare. Open mic begins at seven (a signup sheet will be ready for those wishing to read or email Lisa at before the day) and our featured readers will present from 7:30 until 9 pm. Admission by donation (suggested $5).

November 21 at the Old Crow Café | 7 to 9pm

Further information: Janet at or Lisa at

Dictionary of Snakes Cd Release Party

Hilary Peach, Victor Anthony, Alexander Varty and Friends

The Year of The Snake is coming to a close and we’re having a party. Please join Hilary Peach for the release of her third CD, Dictionary of Snakes, featuring Victor Anthony and Alexander Varty. The band will be there, and Gabriola musicians and poets will be stepping in with snake songs of their own for a full evening of food, wine, music, poetry and, well … snakes.

November 30


Poetry Gabriola Society Annual General Meeting

PGS is currently seeking directors and volunteers from among our membership as the organization transitions into a new phase of development. Please contact Hilary Peach at if you are interested in becoming more involved with Poetry Gabriola. The purpose of the AGM is to elect directors, review and approve financial statements, and recap the activities of 2012. Open to the General Public.  Renewals and new memberships will be available, and of course there will be poetry!

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Women’s Institute Hall, South Road


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Moon Language

Leah Hokanson, Piano and Vocals

A special concert presented by Lulu Performing Arts and featuring Pianist and vocalist Leah Hokanson. Special guests Tim Harrison on guitar, bass, and vocals, and Saburo Murata on saxophones.

Sunday, November 17 | The Phoenix Auditorium at The Haven | 5 pm

Tickets at Village Liquor Store ($15 in advance) or $20 at the door


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The Victor Anthony Trio – Dance Band
You are in for a treat!! Whether you like to dance Swing, Blues, Tango – or just love to listen to great music – you are going to want to be here!!!

Saturday, November 16th 2013
Gabriola Community Hall – 2200 South Road, Gabriola
7:30 free dance Lesson with Gwen Spinks} 8:00 the dancing starts
Tickets: $15 in advance from me or at Artworks or $18 at the door

2:00 Feldenkrais for dancers with Gwen Spinks

This workshop will show you how to re-connect with your natural ability to move, think and feel (three things we all certainly use in our dance!). You’ll learn to move with less effort and notice the relationship between movement and thought, increased mental awareness and creativity.

3:00  Blues Workshop – The Shapes and Rhythms of Blues – with Jay

Do you know the Funky Butt, Mess-around, Fish-tails?  Then come on out and learn some traditional blues movements. This fun workshop will focus on some base movements that can be danced with the soulful rhythms of Blues music.  These expressive ideas can benefit all your current dance styles.  We will dive deeper into the “conversation” of partner dancing. Rather than being about memorizing choreography or showy performance steps, Blues dancing emphasizes individual expression and improvisation, partner interaction, and musical interpretation.

4:00  WCS/Blues FUSION – How To Bluesify Your WCS – with Jay

Both WCS and Blues can be danced together in the same song. The two dances work very well either on their own or together. Come see how!

$15 for 1 or 3 for $40

for more info. Call: Gwen | 250-247-9756 |


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Gabriola Players’ “Short Pants & Tall Tales”

This month, two Gabriola institutions are teaming up to demonstrate how cooperation among a few people can benefit many:  Gertie and Gabriola Players are collaborating  provide transportation to Short Pants & Tall Tales, the latest of Gabriola Players highly popular holiday productions.  On Sunday, 24 November, the Gertie bus will meet the ferry that leaves Nanaimo at 12 noon and collect those passengers heading to the Panto.  The play opens at 2 PM, so the bus will go first to the commercial center of Gabriola, where the riders can go to Robert’s Place (the sponsor for this Gabriola Players season) for light refreshments before climbing back onto Gertie for the ride to the Community Hall.  Gabriolans who need transport are also invited for the ride to the play. When the play ends, around 4 PM, time for the 4:25 ferry will be tight, so Gertie will first deliver the off-islanders to the ferry and then take the Gabriolans back to Robert’s Place.

Sunday, November 24


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You’ll find many Gabriola artists and artisans at these seasonal Craft Fairs:


The Gabriola Artisan Christmas Fair

Saturday, December 14 | 10 am – 5 pm | Rollo Senior’s Centre | 685 N. Road


8th Annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Commons

Saturday, November  16 | 10 am – 2 pm | The Commons and Rollo Seniors Centre


The Jingle Bell Craft Fair

Saturday, November 16 | 10 am to 3 pm | Gabriola Golf Course


Agi Christmas Fair

Saturday, November 30 | 10 am to 5pm | Gabriola Community Hall


Gabriola Elementary School PAC Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday December 7 | GES


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Coming Up at Artworks

Lindsay Godfrey’s annual show. This year: Cabaret!

Opening Party: Thursday, November 28


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The Federation of BC Writers has just launched a “Young BC Writers Contest” for University, College and High School students.  And there is prize money for the winners! Go to the Fed website – – for more info.


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The 2013 Theatre BC Provincial Playwriting Competition deadline is fast approaching! 

Our Annual Playwriting Competition is seeking submissions from all British Columbian authors. Theatre BC has been a parent organization for community theatre across the province since 1932. It annually hosts Destination Mainstage – a competition amongst community theatre companies each July. The 2014 Destination Mainstage Theatre Festival will be held in Kamloops, and is the largest provincial theatre festival of its kind in Canada.


The Provincial Playwriting Competition is open to original scripts of drama or comedy, either full-length or one-act. Deadline for entry is December 31. Independent jurors will decide upon winners in each category with a prize of $1,000 awarded for the chosen full-length, $750 for the one-act, and $500 for a script of special merit.


Competition details and entry forms are available online at Theatre BC Playwriting Competition – Rules & Registration


For more information:  (778) 471-5620 | Toll Free: 1-888-202-2913 |


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Nanaimo Cultural Plan Open House

Thursday, November 28, 5-8 pm | Nanaimo Museum

In 2012, City Council made an important step by identifying cultural vitality as the fourth pillar of sustainability in its Corporate Strategic Plan and identified the need for a cultural plan. The Cultural Plan outlines goals, strategies and recommendations in 4 key areas of cultural development. The plan will be presented to City Council on November 18 for feedback. A draft of the Cultural Plan for a Creative Nanaimo is now available to the public online at Over a thousand residents gave their input into this process expressing their vision for a successful and culturally vibrant Nanaimo.  The public is invited to provide feedback at an open house on Thursday, November 28 from 5 – 8 pm at the Nanaimo Museum (100 Museum Way).


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