Friday, Aug 18 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Every year at the Opening Ceremonies of the Gabriola Theatre Festival, we honour a community member, business, or organization that has made a significant contribution to the Gabriola Arts Council, the Theatre Festival, and the community at large. These contributions take many forms: enhancing the creative and cultural life on Gabriola; financial and/or in-kind support; volunteer time; and more. The first recipient of the Community Spirit Award was the inimitable Antony Holland, after whom the Theatre Festival’s main stage tent is named. The owners and staff of Village Food Market (2015) and Arbutus Home and Building Centre (2016) have also received the award.

This year we celebrate Robert Stutzman, David Chapman, Paul Robinson and all the wonderful, positive staff at Robert’s Place who—year after year—offer their great food, fantastic service, and generous support to our festivals and events. From glorious plates of food to feed artists and art supporters, to sharing the meeting space, to friendly, generous service in the restaurant—the sky is truly the limit with Robert and his team! And the support doesn’t end with GAC. Robert goes out of his way to support all kinds of organizations on Gabriola—they’re great corporate citizens, an important community employer, and an essential stop for empty stomachs.

Thank you, Robert’s Place!

Join community members, the Ken Capon Memorial Marching Band, and representatives of groups and organizations to publicly thank Robert’s Place for all they do. Then head into the Antony Holland Mainstage Tent for the first of eight mainstage shows!

FRIDAY | 1:00pm–2:15pm | AT THE FESTIVAL HUB | FREE!