Gabriola Reads!

A Community Literary Conversation

Hosted by CBC Radio’s Sheryl MacKay

We’ve closed down online ticket sales and sales at North Road Sports but TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! Doors open at 6:30 pm.


Five books. Five champions. One winner: Gabriola’s first-ever Battle of the Books features five of your favourite Gabriolans defending the book they believe is the Quintessential Canadian Novel. Sheryl MacKay, arts-lover and host of CBC Radio’s North-by-Northwest, will be host and referee for the evening. Read more…

Cultivate 2019 — Music + Theatre + Art

Check out all the news at the Cultivate website. Review the exciting line-up of theatre and music performances. Register to be a vendor. Purchase tickets. And more!

Cultivate 2019 — August 31 to September 1

Click here for all the details.

Image from the Wonderhead’s show The Wild. Get your tickets today!

Lesley Harris — In Memoriam

The Gabriola community is saddened by the passing of Lesley Harris on May 17th, following a long illness. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by her beloved family.

Lesley was a long-time Arts Council member, an artist who worked in many media, and a former GAC Board member who served at a critical juncture in the arts council’s history. In 2006, the Board of GAC was suddenly reduced to just three directors—Kathy Ramsey, Katherine Gordon, and Lesley—with a part-time administrator, Liz Steele.

As its president over many years, Kathy reflected, “If there was ever a time that GAC might have folded, that was it, but Lesley worked her butt off to get GAC back onto solid ground. I don’t think it ever crossed her mind to walk away … she believed wholeheartedly in what GAC was about, knew what needed to be done, rolled up her sleeves and got the job done. She was instrumental in laying the groundwork that ensured GAC made it through this difficult time intact and stronger than ever.”

Katherine adds, “Over a year, we reformed the Board structure and developed a new administrative approach. It sounds dry as dust, but never with Lesley on the team … with helpers, lots of wine and chocolate, and lots and lots of laughter, we sweated over it for many nights and weekends. Our efforts concluded with a formal election of nine Board members with the skills to take GAC into the future. The energy Lesley gave to it, and her sheer common sense, was phenomenal. I got to know a woman with the most practical understanding of human nature of anyone I’ve ever met. GAC owes Lesley a large debt for her work in 2006-2007; her legacy lives on today.”

GAC extends its deepest condolences to Lesley’s family and friends. Her irreverent sense of humour, quick wit, fabulous laugh, and her generous and compassionate heart, touched so many in our community. She will be very missed.

There will be a celebration of Lesley’s life in late June or early July. Details to follow. 


Artist at WORK

Just in time for the Isle of the Arts Festival, GAC has some beautiful and totally functional artist’s aprons for sale. These 100% cotton aprons come with a selection of useful pockets, ready to hold all manner of art-making tools and devices.

You can purchase your apron at the IOTA opening event on Thursday, April 4th, and throughout the Festival. Quantities are limited! Don’t wait!

Only $25!

Gabriola Players Win ARTY Award 2019!

The Board of Directors of the Gabriola Arts Council is pleased to announce that Gabriola Players will receive the 2019 ARTY Award


The ARTY AWARD is presented each year to a living person or arts-focussed group that has made a significant contribution in the previous year to the arts on Gabriola Island. Previous winners include artists, performers, administrators, and volunteers. All have done their part to build or support the creative vibe on Gabriola Island.

Here is some of what Gabriola Players’ nomination submissions said:

“Since 2004, Gabriola Players has worked hard to present to the community thought-provoking, topical, comical, and historical plays, from The Vagina Monologues, to Inherit the Wind, and even Shakespeare. Critical praise has been given for the risks they’ve taken by producing readings of The Laramie Project,a play about tolerance and gender equality, and Forget About Tomorrow, about the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease, written by B.C. writer JIll Daum. Many of the productions have featured Canadian playwrights, and in the last few years, Gabriola writers have been creating entertaining and evocative new plays, including this year’s delightful pantomime Pirates of Nursery Rhyme Island by Lesley Hazeldine; Miranda Holmes’ one act play, An Unhelpful Complication was a finalist in Theatre BC’s National Playwriting Competition. Read more…

Indigenous Programming at the Isle of the Arts Festival

See below for a review of workshops and events that feature Indigenous artists or instructors.

CLICK HERE to register for these events and workshops.

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Gabriola Arts Council Welcomes the Super Team

We’re excited to welcome Joelle Baird, Max Cossette, Yarrow Koontz, and Maya Ruggles to GAC’s Jack Pine Cabin. Thanks to our success in negotiating a new one-year Job Creation Partnership Project**, these four new GAC team members will Read more…