Festival Events

2016 Theatre Festival Events

Workshop: Developing a Creative Practice

» with TJ Dawe & Lindsay Robertson Do you harbour a hidden desire to realize an artistic project? Do you keep finding reasons not to start it? TJ Dawe and Lindsay Robertson will help you understand your inner processes and develop a personal creative practice that’s realistic and actionable. TJ Dawe is a writer, performer,…

Toga Launch Cabaret

What was it like to dance with a cast of gods and goddesses in Ancient Greece? Wonder no further! Tie that sheet on tight and get yourself to the Colosseum (The Roxy) and join a toga party like you’ve never seen before! Lively music, flowing wine, dancing like the Maenads, and fun Olympic games to…

Coastal Community Credit Union FREE Outdoor Stage!

Enjoy a mix of Gabriolan musicians on this year’s outdoor stage! Some of the best music you’ll see on a FREE stage.

Human Library

Started in Copenhagen in 2000, Human Library quickly expanded around the world and has become a global phenomenon promoting compassion, dialogue, and understanding. The Gabriola Arts Council and Gabriola Public Library have teamed up to offer you the opportunity to borrow one of 12 Gabriolan “human books” from a curated collection of topics ranging from…

Opening Ceremonies: And the Community Spirit Award Goes To...!

Every year, we honour a community member, business, or organization that has made a signficant contribution to the Gabriola Arts Council, the Theatre Festival, and the community at large. This year, we celebrate the staff and owners at Arbutus Home and Building Centre. Year after year, they offer their helpful and essential services, products, and…

A Fashionable Tale Fashion Show

Join us for The GABE Shop’s second annual unconventional fashion show. You’ll be dazzled by spectacular attire and tickled by funny tales from the closet. The GABE Shop, a boutique thrift store owned by The Gabriola Auxiliary for Island Health Care, raises funds for island health care initiatives. Featured fashions will be available for sale…

Bacchae's Lair

Disappear into Dionysus’ world where spirits are poured and the living is free! Enjoy refreshments before, between, and after mainstage shows. But beware! No drinks will be served during mainstage performances. Bacchae’s Lair will move from the Festival Hub to the Curtain Call Club at the Hive (upstairs) after the mainstage shows! Friday + Saturday…

ta ra ra boom

ta ra ra boom is a 10-minute, intimate, interactive, and musical performance. For three audience members. In the dark. Let the curious wordweaving and double bass reverberating take you on a journey akin to an out-of-body experience. www.zopyratheatre.com Secure your ticket for the show by grabbing one of three small dolls on a tray in the…

Coastal Community Credit Union FREE Outdoor Stage!

Enjoy a mix of Gabriolan musicians on this year’s outdoor stage! Some of the best music you’ll see on a FREE stage.

Lions Pancake Breakfast: Breakfast of Heroes

Start your Festival day with a tasty Pancake Breakfast served by the Gabriola Lions Club, and enjoyed with friends and neighbours. Pancakes, sausages, orange juice, and coffee—all for only $5.00! All proceeds support worthy programs on Gabriola. Saturday + Sunday | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM | @ The Festival Hub

Agora Street Art!

Art: See it! Love it! Take it home! Gabriola artists and artisans will delight  your senses, tickle your fancies, and soothe your soul with their fantastic creations at this favourite summer art and craft event. More than 50 artists will be on hand at this lively artisan agora, featuring an eclectic selection of quality one-of-a-kind…

Olympian Kids Corner

Even little goddesses and gods have time for play in Mount Olympus! Decorate your own shield, make or colour your own Olympic torch, get your face painted, and hang with other exciting Athenians! Don’t miss out on the fun! Come and play! Saturday + Sunday | 10:00 am – noon | @ the Festival Hub

Raw Talent Youth Performance

Students from the summer drama camp bring you an entertaining short production featuring their fresh wit and youthful candidness. Ranging in age from 9-13, these students take on an exciting challenge to bring you an entertaining short production after only one week of collaborating and rehearsing. Come out to support our future thespians! Saturday |…

Human Library

Started in Copenhagen in 2000, Human Library quickly expanded around the world and has become a global phenomenon promoting compassion, dialogue, and understanding. The Gabriola Arts Council and Gabriola Public Library have teamed up to offer you the opportunity to borrow one of 12 Gabriolan “human books” from a curated collection of topics ranging from…

Bacchae's Lair

Disappear into Dionysus’ world where spirits are poured and the living is free! Enjoy refreshments before, between, and after mainstage shows. But beware! No drinks will be served during mainstage performances. Bacchae’s Lair will move from the Festival Hub to the Curtain Call Club at the Hive (upstairs) after the mainstage shows! Friday + Saturday…

ta ra ra boom

ta ra ra boom is a 10-minute, intimate, interactive, and musical performance. For three audience members. In the dark. Let the curious wordweaving and double bass reverberating take you on a journey akin to an out-of-body experience. www.zopyratheatre.com Secure your ticket for the show by grabbing one of three small dolls on a tray in the…

Coastal Community Credit Union FREE Outdoor Stage!

Enjoy a mix of Gabriolan musicians on this year’s outdoor stage! Some of the best music you’ll see on a FREE stage.

Lions Pancake Breakfast: Breakfast of Heroes

Start your Festival day with a tasty Pancake Breakfast served by the Gabriola Lions Club, and enjoyed with friends and neighbours. Pancakes, sausages, orange juice, and coffee—all for only $5.00! All proceeds support worthy programs on Gabriola. Saturday + Sunday | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM | @ The Festival Hub

Agora Street Fair!

Art: See it! Love it! Take it home! Gabriola artists and artisans will delight  your senses, tickle your fancies, and soothe your soul with their fantastic creations at this favourite summer art and craft event. More than 50 artists will be on hand at this lively artisan agora, featuring an eclectic selection of quality one-of-a-kind…

Hats Off to You: A Storytime!

Join other families with youngsters for a special storytime celebrating all the hats we wear! Fun and interactive songs, rhymes, and stories designed especially for wiggly and active little ones. Best suited for children aged 6 and under. Free, drop in event. Sunday | 12:00 pm | @ the Festival Hub | Sponsored by Gabriola Public…