2016 Festival Trailer

Now accepting 2017 mainstage show submissions!

Ninth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival
August 18-20, 2017

Bold. Inclusive. Innovative. Incredible Energy. Incredible Theatre.

Take the plunge on BC’s beautiful Gabriola Island!

The ninth annual Gabriola Theatre Festival focuses on bold, innovative, full-length productions that inspire and entertain. Amidst the abundance of great theatre, local music, visual art and tantalizing food, the gulf island culture ensures a memorable and exciting event.

GTF offers an initial payment guarantee, as well as a high percentage of ticket revenue, and covers: a front of house crew, tech crew, marketing, ticket sales, billeting, and a large portion of ferry travel.

Eight companies from around the world will be invited to attend with one performance each. If you would like to submit a work to be considered, please provide the following information and any other applicable details to alina@artsgabriola.ca

No. in cast:
No. in technical crew:
Basic technical or other requirements:
Production history (when and where):
Indicate whether your production includes strong language, nudity or adult themes:
Please include any other relevant information, including excerpts of reviews:
Contact Information (phone, email, website):

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2017

To submit or ask questions: Alina Cerminara – alina@artsgabriola.ca or 250-247-7409

Huge Appreciation!

Gabriola Island rocks. Thanks for a great festival, everyone! What generous support for an artful community event!

GTF Sponsors Banner 2016

Feedback please!

The tent is down, the stage is put away, and the parking lot has been returned to its usual state.We hope you had as much fun as we did.

We’d love to hear what you thought about the Festival. Do you have feedback or suggestions for next year? Want to tell us about your favourite show? Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey. Click here to get to the survey page.

Friday was fabulous! Now onto Saturday!

Bright and early tomorrow morning festivities in the Folklife Village! Lions Pancake Breakfast from 9-11am with a free outdoor stage to entertain you, Street Art from 10-4, Kids Corner, Recreation Centre’s Raw Talent Youth Performance, Human Library, the family play “Gruff” and more!

And check out Bill Pope and Richard Pullano’s photos from the festival so far!



Happiness for Volunteers, Staff, Theatre Companies, and Crew!

Our happiness coordinator Adrianne will be treating our volunteers, staff, crew, and theatre companies well! All thanks to these awesome businesses! Give em a round of applause!Happiness Table

Fun fashion show at the fest!

Don’t miss it!

Discover the Raffle!

From inception to completion, Raffle Coordinator Karen has done an incredible job with this year’s theatre fest raffle packages, in the name of this year’s theme: Ancient Greece! Thanks to our wonderful contributors who have provided $2678.47 worth of fabulous prizes! See them below and be sure to thank ’em next time you visit and get your raffle tickets at the fest! 1 for $5 or 5 for $20!

Bacchus Basket (Food, drink, fun, & indulgence) (value: $806.90)

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We’re famous! Human Library on CHLY’s People First Radio!

Read more here and listen to the interview here!



Toga Launch Cabaret Venue Announced!

We are so stoked to be opening the Gabriola Theatre Festival with a toga cabaret! You know what that means! Wine will be flowing, artists will be playing, and Gabriolans will be dancing!

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 at Twin Beaches Mall) and join a toga party like you’ve never seen before! Lively music, flowing wine, dancing like the Maenads, and fun Olympic games to get you in the spirit. Featuring: The Kat’s Pajamas!

Thursday, August 18  | 8:00 pm | The Roxy | Tickets $5 at the Door  |  First Come First Served!

Gabriola Theatre Festival Brochure

Read and download the festival brochure!

Innovative. Inclusive. Inspiring.

The Eighth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival will have it all this August on beautiful Gabriola Island! Eight exciting main stage productions. A FREE Outdoor Performance Stage. A lively Artisans Avenue. A Human Library. Pancake Breakfasts. A Fashion Show. A Creative Kids Corner. A Creativity Workshop. And to kick off the whole shebang—a Toga Party!

The Gabriola Theatre Festival has made a name for itself in the Canadian theatre scene, attracting world-class productions to this little island on the west coast. Why might this be? For one, Gabriola Island has the sixth highest concentration of artists in the workforce in Canada (Hill Strategies Report, 2011). With an island full of artists comes appreciation for art in all its forms! Theatre practitioners are warmly welcomed to the beautiful Isle of the Arts, performing to knowledgeable and enthusiastic audiences, visiting local beaches and businesses, and enjoying the Gulf Island vibe. Some have even come back five years in a row!

Come up to Gabriola Island for this super, sunny weekend! Join us from August 18 to 21 for one of the best summer festivals around.

Pete Seeger’s The Incompleat Folksinger is SOLD OUT!

We’re excited to announce that ticket sales are flying by and Pete Seeger’s The Incompleat Folksinger is the first to sell out! Email us if you’d like to add your name to the waitlist, and get your tickets for the other shows before they’re gone!

First ever improv on the Gabriola Theatre Festival mainstage!

This is a first ever! Improv on the Gabriola Theatre Festival mainstage! And not just any improv! Paper Street Theatre Co.‘s wonderful and talented crew bringing to us “The Handmade Tale: An Improvised Margaret Atwood”! Improv has the potential to inspire, engage, and be absolutely unforgettable. Don’t miss it!

“… poetic, lyrical, haunting, frightening … created a dystopian world so possible as to be chilling in its verisimilitude. The moody and atmospheric improvised design was the ᴀnal crowning touch—costumes, props, lighting, and sound—perfection.” —Janis Lacouvée

In a dystopian future, Paper Street’s improvisers struggle with gender politics and identity—and to stay alive. Inspired by the works of Margaret Atwood, this show captures her stark prose, futuristic vision, and the dark—often humorous—undercurrent that runs through her work. If you’ve ever loved a book by Atwood, this is show you cannot miss.

We’re excited!

There’s lots of buzz around the theatre festival this year and tickets are selling fast. Could it be the best lineup yet? We’ve got some of everything, brought to you by eight talented BC theatre companies. The biggest complaint we’ve heard is that people can’t choose which shows to go to. We don’t understand. Just make it your biggest theatre weekend and buy two passes that get you in to all the shows, while saving $30. Good shows, good people, good cause, good community, good vibes: a great place to be August 18-21.

Register for Street Art + Street Fair!

PLEASE NOTE: SATURDAY IS FULL. SUNDAY STILL HAS ROOM. If you’d like to be a part of Saturday, you can add yourself to the waitlist below.

The Gabriola Arts Council is inviting vendors and exhibitors of all kinds to participate in the two-day Street Art (Saturday) and Street Fair (Sunday) on Lockinvar Lane during the 2016 Gabriola Theatre Festival, August 20 and 21, 2016.

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Theatre Festival Brochure Launch Event Featuring Nathan Tinkham

We’re excited to tell you about the lineup for the 2016 Gabriola Theatre Festival! That’s why we have organized a big Gabriola Theatre Festival brochure launch on June 4th at the Phoenix Auditorium.

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