march 28 - april 7, 2024

Welcome to the 14th annual (take two) Isle of the Arts Festival!

IoTA: Strength Resilience and Creativity, offers you the opportunity to take a breath and discover what inspires you, how you are inspired by it, what you do to invite inspiration into your life and how you contribute to how others are inspired.

This year 30 multi-medium arts, culture and culinary workshops and events will get your inner creative moving and offer inspiration for the year to come. The festival has evolved over the years, but the Arts Council remains committed: To offer artists and aspiring artists to embrace their creativity To educate in the most respectful and fulsome way. To bring the community together through the arts and culture. To give artists and presenters a stage to share their skills and talents. With writing, dancing, painting, sewing, weaving, cooking, music and movement and more on the menu, there is something for everyone at this year’s festival. Have a look get and inspired.

The Gabriola Arts Council is thankful for its members, donors, and funders! Your support empowers our creative community. Together, we’re making art thrive. Thank you for making it all possible!

6 events


Joëlle Rabu in Concert

Thursday, March 28

$33 – doors 6:30pm, event 7:00pm

“Rabu is Edith Piaf, Bette Midler and Carole Burnett all rolled into one extraordinary performer. Her passion-filled voice is spine-tingling and her stage presence electric.”

With a music career spanning over four decades, Canadian songstress and actor Joëlle Rabu has been drawn back to the stage as she joins forces with her son, multi-instrumentalist, Nico Rhodes.

The connection that these two versatile performers have on stage is electric. The humorous banter that can only stem from their intergenerational points of view, their life’s paths that have caused heartache and laughter, and their vulnerability is the fodder that creates musicality and theatricality in an unforgettable evening of lively entertainment including much laughter and lush musical moments.


Learn more about Joëlle Rabu

Registration opens on March 12th for the general public, March 11th for GAC members.


Reading and Reconciliation: One Book One Community

Saturday, March 30

$20 – doors 7:0pm, event 7:30pm

The national bestselling novel Unbroken is an extraordinary work of memoir and investigative journalism focusing on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, written by an award-winning Gitxsan journalist who survived life on the streets against all odds.

As a Gitxsan teenager navigating life on the streets, Angela Sterritt wrote in her journal to help her survive and find her place in the world. Now an acclaimed journalist, she writes for major news outlets to push for justice and to light a path for Indigenous women, girls, and survivors. In her brilliant debut, Sterritt shares her memoir alongside investigative reporting into cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, showing how colonialism and racism led to a society where Sterritt struggled to survive as a young person, and where the lives of Indigenous women and girls are ignored and devalued.

Learn more about Angela Sterrit and this event

Registration opens on March 12th for the general public, March 11th for GAC members.


Pi'qwin Salmon

Wednesday, April 3 

$50 – 12:00-4:00pm

Proud Father, Husband, and Grandson, Indigenous Food Sovereignty Champion, Award Winning Writer, Accomplished Indigenous Chef, Indigenous Foods and Culture Educator, Indigenous Consultant, Hul’q’umi’num Language Speaker.

Experience the preparation of a Traditional Indigenous Lunch. Qwustenuxun will demonstrate the techniques used to prepare rare Indigenous delicacies and discuss their significance and value in Indigenous culture. You will observe root vegetables and smoked fish being cooked in a traditional Salish bentwood box, Pi’qwun salmon being cooked over the fire, and you will have an opportunity to enjoy Sxwesum, also known as Soap Berries or Indian Ice Cream berries. While things are cooking, Qwustenuxun will share Hul’q’umi’num language and Salish stories and legends.

Registration opens on March 12th for the general public, March 11th for GAC members.


Cedar Healing Circle with shamanic drums, rattles, and chants

Sunday, March 31

$40 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Gary is a shamanic healer who uses traditional drums and rattles to create profound changes in the human body.

Come experience the healing energies of shamanic drums, rattles, and chants. Vibrations that can heal the body, frequencies that can enlighten the soul.

Spring Night Market

Friday, April 6

$2 – 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Bring a Toonie and come join in the fun at this year’s first Market of the season… An intimate shopping experience while enjoying live music. Sample the Surf’s offerings of food and drink in the restaurant or the pub. 


Community Dance Social

Saturday, April 6

$10 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Join DJ Gwen Spinks and continue to dance – put your new dance class skills in action, or come in fresh with your old moves… maybe just drop in, share a beverage, and visit with friends. Any way you swing this, you are in for a night of fun, laughter, and dance

Arty Party

Sunday, April 7

Free – 4:00pm-6:00pm

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the artistic spirit and mingle with fellow artists and art enthusiasts at this year’s Arty Party.  We would be thrilled to have you join us in celebrating the success of IoTA 2024. This year we invite all festival attendees and the community the opportunity to showcase and view festival projects and stories.

After exploring the awe-inspiring artworks, stay for a drink by the bonfire and revel in the artistic ambiance. Allow the sweet sounds of the Gabriola Song Keepers to serenade your senses or take this opportunity to connect with your festival companions, exchanging artistic stories and celebrating triumphs. Above all, take a moment to congratulate yourself for making the choice to be inspired by the artistic process.

This is a casual event, so please dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Your presence will add to the warmth and joy of the celebration.

Please note that GAC is beginning a new tradition of presenting the Arty Award at our AGM.  Join us at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Hall, April 17th at 5:00 pm as this year’s recipient will be presented with the coveted and much loved Arty Trophy.

Check back soon for the announcement of this year’s workshops. 

Registration and Ticket Information

Registration opens:

GAC Members only- March 11, 10:00 am at or in person at the GAHC, 476 South Rd Gabriola.

General registration- March 12, 10:00 am at or in person at the GAHC, 476 South Rd Gabriola.

  • You must register in advance for all workshops and events.  For assistance, email
  • Workshops have limited space – spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be kept for workshops that are full. Register early – don’t be disappointed!
  • There are no refunds or exchanges for workshops or events.
  • Unless indicated, the registration fee includes all materials costs.
  • Check for updates and additions.


friday, apr 1 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$60 | Ages 16+ – Create and learn all about fused glass. On day one you will construct…

friday, apr 1 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$60 | Ages 16+ – Create and learn all about fused glass. On day one you will construct…

saturday, apr 2 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

$35 | All Ages – Get introduced to your guitar! This includes the different parts of your…

monday, apr 4 | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

$75 | Age 13+ – This workshop introduces you to the process and possibilities that screen…

get involved

Do you love the arts? Do you want to be a part of keeping Gabriola Island the vibrant creative community that it is? 

Join our volunteer team and connect with artists, writers, performers and arts lovers in your community! The positions are fun and can be low commitment.

inclusivity fund

We strive to make all of our events accessible to as many people as possible. We’ve set up a pay-it-forward program to help people who may not be able to afford our regular ticket prices.

If finances are an obstacle, please apply.

this program is made possible by:

British Columbia Community Gaming Grants