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    Welcometo the 7th Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival. Storybook is the theme for 2015.

    nce upon a time one wise Gabriolan gentleman had a great idea! His idea was to bring professional theatre to Gabriola. And what came of this great idea? A grand

    old summer festival, of course! Every year, this festival grew and grew and grew until one day, in its seventh year, it exploded into a magical storybook land, filled with professional theatre, art, music, pancakes, crafts, performances, magic and so much more!

    Theres no place like Gabriola Islandthe Isle of the Arts!And they call us that for good reason! This past year has been jam-packed with arts events organized and offered by Gabriolas amazing artists and supporters! From the successful Gabriola Arts Council fundraiser of the year (The Chair Affair), to a whole season of professional theatre productions, to the bigger-than-ever Isle of the Arts Festival!

    And amidst the sunshine and blackberry bushes this summer, comes the Seventh Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival! One big weekend filled to the brim with more kinds of art than you could ever imagine! Eight professional mainstage productions on the Antony Holland Stage! The beloved Kids Corner and Lions Pancake Breakfast! Fabulous art from Gabriola artists and artisans, and information from the numerous nonprofit and community organizations! And many new events this year: roving performers to entertain you while you wait in line or hang out in the Hub! Opening Ceremonies featuring an event to honour Village Food Market! A fashion show presented by The GABE Shop! The Rabbit Hole: a place for sips before, between and after the shows! A three-draw raffle! A White Rabbit Launch Cabaret! Theatre-related workshops! And so much more oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

    Whats the theme for this grand weekend? Well, Storybook, of course! You heard that right. As Dr. Seuss says, You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose! So head on over to the Gabriola Theatre Festival to immerse yourself in island culture.

    Join us in a magical celebration of the arts on Gabriola this August!

    Alina Cerminara, Festival Coordinator

    The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.

    Roald Dahl, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

    Getting to Gabriola IslandGabriola is a 25-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

    You can also get here by floatplane into Nanaimo Harbour or directly to Silva Bay on Gabriola. If youre planning to visit for the Theatre Festival, why

    not make a weekend of it? Take time to explore all the treasures this island has to offer, including spectacular beaches, sublime forest trails, exciting

    artists studios, a bustling Farmers Market and interesting shopping (featuring locally made products and much more).

    Check out to discover more. FRONT COVER:

    Leathercraft wolf mask by Oak Myth Masks | Photo used with expressed permission of artist.

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    ParkingPlease: NO PARKING IN BUSINESS PARKING LOTS, including at Folklife Village and the Professional Centre. Parking is available at theGabriola Elementary School, in the overflow area at The Commons and on Lockinvar Lane between South Road and the rear entrance to Folklife Village. Please respect our business supporters and their patrons, and park along the road, not in the parking lots.

    Tickets & Theatre PassesTickets and passes are available online at as of

    June 15th and from the Festival Ticket Kiosk in Folklife Village, the Hive Emporium and the Womens Institute Hall after July 3rd.

    Tickets, adult: $20 Tickets, youth: $10 * under 16 years 3-Show Pass: $50 * for any 3 shows save $10! 5-Show Pass: $80 * for any 5 shows save $20!

    Note: passes must be used for separate shows. Special pricing applies to 10+ ticket purchases: email [email protected] for more information.

    Inclusivity CampaignThe Gabriola Arts Council wants all Gabriolans to be able to attend the Gabriola Theatre Festival mainstage shows. Consider being a part of our Inclusivity Campaign, in partnership with other organizations, to ensure that everyone has access to the ticketed events.

    The campaign is simple: just let us know how many tickets you would like to purchase for a donation. Well make sure those tickets get into the hands of people who would not have otherwise been able to attend a mainstage show.

    Find out more at

    No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop, Aesops Fables

    Thanksgiving Studio Tour October 10-12, 2015 Dont miss the 19th annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour!Enjoy a gorgeous fall weekend on Gabriola while perusing 60 wonderful studios featuring every form of art you can imagine! This tour brings art lovers from all over to this beautiful island that enjoys the sixth highest concentration of artists in the workforce in Canada. If youve been before that doesnt mean youve seen it all! Watch for 15 new artists on the map, and stop by the new Tour Central. Get ready to be entertained, inspired and educatedthese artists have something amazing to show you! Check for a map and a complete list of participating artists (including studios that are open year-round)

    Isle of the Arts Festival Every April! Over 40 Workshops Readings Markets Professional Development Music Parties and MORE!Enjoy and participate in 50 incredible workshops over ten days, each one crafted to bring out your artist within! Youve seen what these artists can donow learn how they do it! This Festival embodies the Gabriola Arts Councils mission to ACTIVATE, ENHANCE and INSPIRE our communitys cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership and service. Come learn, share, experiment and invigorate the Isle of the Arts!

    Kitty J. Heller Healing Power of Art ProgramThis innovative and inspired program engages professional art and drama therapists working directly with community social service organizations, medical practitioners and individuals to address a variety of health-related issues and concerns. This initiative is not about creating artists, but rather its goal is to help people to understand and cope with physical or mental health concerns through the healing powers of artistic expression. Gabriola Island, where ART is the heART of the community!

    The Festival Hub is in the heart of Gabriola:

    Folklife Village @ 575 North Road

    Festival Location

    More Art on Gabriola!



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    1 Womens Institute Hall2 Street Art3 Kids Corner4 Antony Holland Mainstage5 Gabriola Library

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    White Rabbit Launch CabaretFall into a magical world where your senses will be delighted and transformed amidst a world all in white! Music for dancing, acts for watching, food for tasting (be careful what you eat!), cordial for drinking, a paparazzi photoshoot and a fantastic door prize! Vancouvers new energetic band, Lovecoast will be headlining the event. Come along and land at the Mad Hatters Tea Party for a fun-poking Gabriolan roast! Everyone in Wonderland is mad! Dont be late! All your favourite characters will be there! White attire mandatory!

    THURSday | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm | @ THe FeSTival HUb | TickeTS $20 HeadlineRS: lovecoaST

    Live like theres no midnight. Cinderella

    Let the Wild Rumpus Start in the Hub!

    Opening Ceremonies: And the Community Spirit Award Goes to!Join us in the Gabriola Theatre Festival Hub to honour Village Food Market. The owners and staff at Village Foods have been serving our community for over 22 years, offering generous financial and in-kind support to numerous organizations and events (not to mention keeping their shelves filled to satisfy every Gabriolans grocery needs)!

    Dont miss this heartfelt honouring and celebration of Village Foods. Join your fellow community members, the Ken Capon Memorial Marching Band and representatives of other organizations to really thank Village Foods Market for everything they do. And then head into the first of the eight mainstage shows!

    FRiday | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm | @ THe FeSTival HUb | FRee!

    That, in itself, is a tremendous thing. EB White, Charlottes Web

    A Fashionable Tale!The GABE Shop, a boutique thrift store on Gabriola, presents a fashion show woven with flair and fantasy. Glamorous models from the far corners of the island will shed their gumbootsor wear their very best ones!as they grace the catwalk with poise and style. Together they will tell A Fashionable Tale that promises to make you laugh, cry and stand up cheering in your seat!Fashions from the catwalk will be available for sale at The GABE Shop, which is owned by the Gabriola Auxiliary for Island Health Care Society.All proceeds from the shop go towards health care services and programs on Gabriola.See you at the show!

    FRiday | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm | @ THe FeSTival HUb | FRee!

    Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. Shel Silverstein

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