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Thursday, August 16th, 2018
August 16 to 19 Thursday, August 16 - 7 pm to 9 pm Friday, August 17 - 10 am to midnight Saturday, August 18 - 10 am to midnight Sunday, August 19 - 10 am to 8 pm

Cultivate Theatre + Music + Art Festival, August 16 - 19 on Gabriola Island, announces its lineup of irresistible performances and appetizing tunes

Free Shuttle Service from the Gabriola Ferry Terminal to the Festival Site and the Campground

The Gabriola Arts Council announces its lineup for Cultivate Theatre + Music + Art Festival, on August 16 - 19 — full lineup below.

The festival will feature 7 mainstage theatre shows, 35 musical acts, and 3 FREE family performances. Cultivate—a mash-up of the beloved Gabriola Theatre Festival (which would have celebrated 10 years this summer) and last year’s smash hit Gabriola Music Festival—carries on a decade of strong, international theatre performances on Gabriola, welcoming shows from Australia, the UK, and around B.C.

The Festival opens with Inside/Out, produced by neWorld Theatre in Vancouver—one man’s story of a decade in and out of prison that premiered at puSh Festival in 2018. The music component of the festival almost doubles the number of performances from last year’s event, with a focus on diversity and blending local performers with rising talent from around the Salish Sea.

“I’m so excited to bring such a wide range of music to Gabriola,” says Mitch Miyagawa, festival producer. “We’ve worked hard to appeal to all kinds of musical tastes, and to ensure the Gabriola music community is also well-represented.”

For its inaugural year, Cultivate organizers are putting special emphasis on connecting theatre and music together with theatre shows such as the music-plus-storytelling combo in Dirty Windshields and Plush Red Chair, and the elaborate sets of Nanaimo favourites Top Men.

The entire Festival happens at the Gabriola Commons, with the theatre tent steps away, on the Gabriola Elementary School’s basketball court. Music will be happening on two stages at the Commons, while theatre will have its own dedicated stage. The Festival will be rounded out by a thriving vendor village, an active family zone, roaming performers, morning movement classes, workshops, and of course great food and drink.

The Gabriola Commons is a unique 45-acre property in the heart of Gabriola’s village core, focussed on sustainability and enhancing the “cultural commons” of the island.

Festival organizers have worked hard to ensure plenty of free access and opportunities, including no charge to enter the festival grounds during the day to take in music and family performances. The Gabriola Arts Council is committed to keeping ticket prices affordable, and also runs an Inclusion Campaign to allow community members to purchase tickets for those who can’t afford to.

Schedule and ticket information is at and facebook: CULTIVATEgabriola.

Festival Lineup


Inside/Out — Funny, sad, stirring story of one man’s decade in and out of the prison system. Recently at the Vancouver puSh Festival.

Birdmann: Finale — A man like no man, the internationally infamous Fringe fave, with the finest collection of classic comedy variety acts in the world. Last chance to see him on the West Coast!

Plush Red Chair — Jazz-Rock Powerhouse Cayla Brooke returns, with a musical excursion into the meaning of Divalicious and following dreams, backed by a stellar four-piece band. Poignant, cheeky, and out of your seat cheer-worthy.

Shield Maiden — Gabriola performer Mel Teichroeb’s new work! Ingrid the Viking warrior turns self-help guru.

Fish Saw — A multimedia journey into the heart of the tsunami. Garcia Marquez meets Miyazaki, through the eyes of a talking fish. A one-woman show with original stop-motion animation and musical score.

Dirty Windshield: Grant Lawrence and Friends — Join acclaimed author, CBC broadcaster, and North Shore ranconteur-extraordinaire Grant Lawrence for a fun-filled evening of stories and songs. With special musical guests Kathryn Calder (the New Pornographers), Dustin Bentall, and Nick Thomas.

Just An Ordinary Lawyer — An exploration of colonialism and the struggle for freedom — with songs — through the story of Tunji Sowande, the first black judge in the UK. Performer Tayo Aluko (Call Mr. Robeson) returns to Gabriola.


Motion Commotion, with Leif David, Magician: Interactive, entertaining, amazing! Who doesn’t like magic? Leif is a perennial favourite across B.C. Sponsored by Gabriola Friends of the Library.

The Kerplunks: Gabriola’s own award-winning, high-energy children’s entertainers are back, with new tunes and great summer grooves. Their only performance on Gabriola this year.

Birdhouse: Fly to the future in a live cartoon action comedy adventure from Australia and Japan. Featuring a hip soundtrack, happening films, a horrifying sword box, and even a hilarious stuffed toy fight.


Zimbamoto: high-energy Afro-fusion

Top Men: spectacular live techno

old.soul.rebel: bold upbeat rocksoul duo

Firewood Poetry: a blend of trip hop and the open sea

Slim Sandy & the Hillbilly Boppers: hillbilly with a splash of swing

Tongue & Groove: provocative and political, poetry and rhythm

Illvis Freshly: funky hip hop monster

The Wheelgrinders: traditional roots rockabilly

Willie Thrasher with Linda Saddleback: passionate trailblazer, new again

The Stacks: straight up rock n roll

Milk Crate Bandits: New Orleans jazz party

Kate Romain

Kendall Patrick

The Blooming


BIg Time Washed Up Player

Paul Gellman Band

Gabriola Songs for a Healthy Community

Beggar’s Drum

Ak Sak

Mad For Joy


Blue Moon

Michael Averill


Daniel Petersen


Patrick Olmsted

Robert’s Hall



Katie Rey

Gulf Island Stompers

PK Tesseman

Amelia Thomas

About Gabriola Arts Council

The Gabriola Arts Council is a vibrant cultural organization in its 21st year. Over 25% of the adult population of Gabriola are members of the Arts Council. Every year, the Council supports art, creators, and artists through three major events: the Isle of the Arts Festival, Cultivate Performing Arts Festival, and the Thanksgiving Studio Tour. It also coordinates a Healing Power of the Arts program, supports reconciliation efforts with Snuneymuxw First Nation, and maintains a well-used cultural space, the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre.

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Location: Gabriola Commons
675 North Road, Gabriola Island
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