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February Events

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Sat., Feb 8 – What is Reconciliation? Film Screening/ Book Launch/ Dialogue. 3-5pm The Haven. Hosted by Shelagh Rogers.

Sat., Feb. 8 – Private Concert – Mezzo soprano Barbara Ebbeson and pianist Alison Nishihara perform in preparation for a Vancouver recital in March. 7:30 pm. by donation. For details and to reserve a spot, call 247-7404 or go to

Sun., Feb. 9 – GaLTT Trail Volunteer Work Party. Meet Bob Weenk at the first North Road pull off north west of Tait road at 1:30.

Sun., Feb. 9. – Gabriola Healing Arts Fair. The Commons 10 – 4 Free practitioner mini-sessions, workshops and demonstrations.

Thurs., Feb. 13. – Gabriola Artworks annual Erotica Show opening 7pm -9pm.

Thurs., Feb. 13 – Lulu Performing Arts Society presents The Darren Sigesmund Quintet.Jazz, Latin, East European & Classical music. 7:30pm at the Phoenix Auditorium @ The Haven. Advance tickets $20 available at the Village Liquor Store. $25 at the door. Youth (16 and under) $5 anywhere/anytime

Fri., Feb. 14 – Aboubacar Camara on Gabriola for an evening of African music. Drum Circle at 6:30pm and Band at 8pm at The Community Hall. Admission is $15 in advance, tickets on sale at Artworks or $18 at the door (children are free).

Starting Fri., Feb. 14 – 7-9pm, also running Sat., and Sun., from 11-4pm – LOVE SQUARED, a huge group show featuring 75 works by 50 artists all on the subject of love, all 12×12” and all priced at $225.  Only at Keep Calm Gallery 1156 Suzanne Ave. on Gabriola. Info: 250 247-7308.

Sat., Feb. 15 – Time to get out of the shack! It’s a Sadie Hawkins Dance! Gabriola’s Own: “Rural Roots” – are break’n those Polar Vortex Blues. Gabriola Golf Club & Honky Tonk. Tickets $8 at Golf Club & Artworks). Doors open at 7pm with burgers on the grill. Curtain at 8pm.

Sun., Feb. 16 – Jane Coop Solo Piano Recital at the Port Theatre. 2:30pm. Presented by the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. Call 250-754-8550 for tickets.

June Events

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Every Saturday – Gabriola Farmers Market at the Agricultural Hall, 10 am to noon, until October

June 4 – Gabriola Emergency Social Services Team hosts a free workshop at The Rollo Center across from the school at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, how you can help yourselves and the community in the event of a major disaster and what help you can expect from the Regional District and the Province.

June 6 – Jake’s Gift, 2 pm and 7 pm performances at the Gabriola Theatre Centre. This award winning Canadian play is a fundraiser for the theatre, we have seen it and highly recommend it but take tissues, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Tickets $20 at Artworks and The Island Book Shoppe.

June 7 - June 11, Gabriola Radio Society (GRS) will be hosting the National Campus Community Radio Conference (NCRC) at Camp Miriam. This premium conference, taking place in a beautiful rural island setting, will be open to all NCRA members as well as anyone interested in expanding their radio skills and knowledge. Contact Ken, 250-247-9891

June 13, Heartsong Choir & Naomi Wakan, 7:30 pm – Benefit Concert for Kidzpositive, a program for HIV/AIDS positive kids, their mothers and grandmothers in Capetown South Africa. The accapella harmonies of Heartsong Choir and poetry of Naomi Wakan mixed deliciously and presented for your enjoyment at the Gabriola Theatre Centre.

June 14, Rodrigo Pessoa Golf Classic – fund raiser for the medical clinic, at the Gabriola Golf and Country Club. Two sporting worlds will collide when show jumping’s World and Olympic Champion, Rodrigo Pessoa, comes to Gabriola, accepting an invitation to bring his name to a future signature golf tournament: the “Rodrigo Pessoa Golf Classic”.

June 19, 11am to 4pm, and on June 20, 11am to 2pm – Friends of the Library, Giant Book Sale, Rollo Centre, North Road, a huge variety of books at bargain prices will be sold as a fundraiser for library events. If you have books to donate, please contact Kristin 250-247-7656 or email at

June 19 – June 20, Silva Bay Fishing Derby, prize for largest Chinook Salmon is $1,000 and there will be 30 other prizes awarded. $1,000 will be donated to the Nanaimo River Hatchery from the proceeds. Tickets are $25 per rod, and can be obtained at Silva Bay Marina, Pages, Village Paint and Hardware, or the Harbour Chandler. Please call Jenny Ireland 250 247-8662, for boat reservations or tickets.

June 19, Summer Solstice at The Gabriola Commons, check for more details

June 24, Himalayan Festival, 6:00 pm at the Community Hall, entrance by donation. This is a fund raiser for eye care in the remote hills of Nepal. 6 pm Nepali meal $10, 7:30 slide show and films (by donation).

June 27, 10 am -5 pm the Gabriola Home and Garden Tour, a self-guided tour of beautiful homes and gardens, sponsored by People for a Healthy Community. Tickets: $20 Available at Lockwood Gardens, Wildrose Garden Centre, Wheelbarrow Nursery and Artworks.

Regular events and programs are held at the many venues throughout Gabriola Island including The Roxy, Raspberries Jazz Cafe, The Phoenix Auditorium, Skol Pub, Silva Bay, the Gabriola Museum, the Public Library, The Commons, the Hope Center (for kids) and the Rollo Center (for seniors)

May Events

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

May 7 & 8
Gabriola Players Theatre Society presents two ONE act plays, “Going to the Chapel” and “Banana Man”, at The Centre on Peterson Road. Tickets at Artworks!

May 8

Dinah D’s Contraband Swingclub, dance at Silva Bay, 9pm.

May 9

Gabriola Health Care Foundation – Mothers Day Tea, a fabulous “High Tea in the Grande Style of the Empress” with cakes, cookies, sandwiches, petit fours, regular and specialty teas or coffee presented with white-gloved service. The invitations are printed, and we can send them out to your family and friends, please reserve your tickets by contacting Nancy at or call 247-0041– and you can now visit for VISA/PAYPAL ($10.00 by May 1st, $15.00 at the door).

May 9

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Surf Lodge followed by “Shake Your Can” auction.  Come and bid on your favorite can, all money goes to the organization who did the can you bid on!  Starts at 1 pm at the Surf Lodge. For more info email

May 10

The newly formed Gabriolan Vegetarian Group is having a panel presentation and discussion at the Roxy, on Monday May 10th from 7 to 9 pm. Admission is free although small donations for organizational expenses are welcome.

May 13

Doris’s Fund Run Day at the Gym@Twin Beaches. 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Pledge sheets can be picked up at the gym or by phoning Doris 250-247-9747. If you do not want to ‘sweat’ it you are encouraged to drop in, have a muffin and drop your donation in the giant jar! Feel the energy, join the fun! All proceeds go to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation.

May 13

Lulu Performing Arts Society is looking for items for the “Display and Sale” taking place on Thursday, May 13th at the Community Hall before and after the Gabriola premier performance of “Stitch”, an a capella opera performed by three women and three sewing machines. The display and sale will feature everything from machine-sewn fabric art and quilts, to “home-made” clothing, vintage garments, and aprons. Machine-sewn assemblage a la GIRO and vintage sewing tools and memorabilia are welcome!

May 15

The second annual Gabriola’s Got Talent – Junior Edition. On Saturday, May 15th., The Gathering Place together with the PHIT (Peer Helpers In Training) team of 2010, will be hosting a special talent contest in the multi-purpose room at the Gathering Place Youth Centre, at 790 North Road. So if you know of a young person who is gifted in song or dance, tappin’ and a-struttin’, juggling or yodeling, magic or comedy, and more, tell them to come and join in. Contestant Entry Forms can be picked up at The Gathering Place or the Gabriola Elementary School. All entries must be submitted to the Gathering Place by Saturday, May 8th, together with an entry fee of $2 per contestant. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in two age categories: 9 and under, and 10 to 13 years.

May 22

Cowboys for the Clinic – This Pancake Breakfast & Country Hoedown will prove to be the biggest and best public awareness event of the year! With music to chomp too, and cowboy boots to stomp to, the WI plant sale and the opening of the Farmer’s Market all nearby, 9-noon at the new clinic site.

May 30

Lions Foundation of Canada Purina Walk for Dog Guides. 12:30 gather at Gabriola Sands Park

May 30

Tour de Gabriola annual event has 3 road routes for the bicycles, this year we will be adding an “off-road” route for the more adventuresome rider. 8am-1pm. Watch for more details!

April Gabriola Events

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Sorry, we missed March, some how the time got away from me:)

April 2010

Thursday, April 1 – Oh Deer!! All welcome to attend a talk by Liz Ciosia about deer on Gabriola, their habitat and deer resistant landscaping. 7:30 pm @ the Agi Hall

Saturday, April 3 – Get Geared Up – New and Used sports equipment and outdoor recreational equipment sale. All proceeds to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation. Silent Auction and Breakfast available. Agi Hall from 9-noon. For more info call Bob at 247-7886

Tuesday, April 6 – Matt Anderson, Blues sensation is performing at The Roxy at 7:30 pm. Recently featured on Stewart McLean’s Vinyl cafe. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at Artworks. For more info contact Ken Stefanson @ 247-0132

Thursday, April 8 – Friends of the Library host an illustrated presentation and workshop by Valerie Alia, award-winning scholar, journalist and photographer. Free admission to The Roxy 7pm – 9pm.

Saturday, April 10 – Kathy Mac and The Bevy of Boys. The Bevy will fill The Skol with R&B, blues, soul and energy to keep you dancing. Cover is $5 and the show starts at 9:30pm.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, April 17-19 – The 12th Annual Silva Bay Shipyard School Launch Festival. Enjoyment all weekend for the whole family.

Friday/Saturday, April 23-24 – Sustainable Gabriola’s Earth Day Celebrations. Special guest speakers on Friday evening at The Roxy and a Sustainability fair on Saturday afternoon at the Community Hall. For more information visit the website at

January Events

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

January 2010

Friday, January 1st – Gabriola Co-op Radio CKGI presents “Cover The World With Goodness” live at The Haven. A fundraiser for our new community radio station. Doors, 6pm; show, 7-9pm. All ages. Tickets $15 or $25 for both Haven and Surf Lodge show, available at Artworks & Falconer Books Nanaimo.

Friday, January 1st – Gabriola Co-op Radio CKGI presents “Under the Covers”, adult variety show at The Surf. Admission restricted to 19 years or older. Content may not be suitable for all audiences, please use listener discretion. Doors: 9pm. Show: 10pm to midnight. Tickets $15 or with the Haven show $25.

Saturday, January 9th -Day long kickoff of “2010–Year of the Clinic” celebration for islanders of all ages. Put on by the Gabriola Health Care Auxiliary at the Community Hall.

Saturday, January 9th – Poetry Gabriola presents Veda Hille and Her Band: “Do You Want What I Have Got?” This is the first of four performances in the “Words & Music” concert series. In acknowledgment of the tough times we are weathering, Poetry Gabriola is offering each of these concerts for the low ticket price of $20. More information and online ticket sales at

Saturday, Jan. 16th and Sunday, Jan. 17th – Antony Holland in “Tuesdays with Morrie” returns to Western Edge for two shows only. All tickets: $18 before Jan. 1st, $22 starting Jan. 1st. Tickets are available by phone at 250-325-7777 (Nanaimo) or 1-888-320-3343, and at Falconer Books (Port Place Mall) and Gabriola Artworks.

Thursday, January 21st - at The Roxy, The Haints with The Fiddlesniffers. The Haints play old-time stringband music. These are four world-class musicians in this traditional style (Pharis Romero, Jason Romero, Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones). The Fiddlesniffers (Victor Anthony and Alison Humphries) play “hillbilly chamber music” which is traditional fiddle tunes arranged for two acoustic guitars, one fingerpicked and the other flatpicked.

Saturday, January 30th – at The Roxy, Sarah Tradewell with special guest Victor Anthony. Sarah is a dazzling young fiddler from Victoria. She plays traditional Irish tunes (and whatever else strikes her fancy) with a few vocal numbers in the mix as well. Victor will play a short set of trad material to open the show.

Happy New Year, let 2010 be a fabulous year!

December Events

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

December 2009

Thursday, Dec. 3 – 101 Solutions for Global Warming. Author Guy Dauncey launching his latest book, The Climate Challenge at The Roxy Theatre on December 3rd at 7pm. Admission by donation, sponsored by New Society Publishers.

Saturday, Dec. 5 – The Canadian Tenors in concert with the Vancouver Island Symphony on Saturday December 5 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 6, at 2pm at The Port Theatre. A fundraising event in support of the Vancouver Island Symphony’s Youth & Education Program. Tickets: $50 and available through Port Theatre Ticket Centre: 250-754-8550

Sat., Dec. 5 – Friends of the Library Book Sale: Book donations: Good quality books in good condition can be left at the library or delivered to 1800 Whalebone Drive carport anytime. For more information contact Wendy Strachan at 250-247-8392.

Sat., Dec. 5 – Victor Anthony and Friends third annual Concert For The Commons at The Roxy. Tickets will be available at Artworks. Doors open at 7pm, downbeat at 7:30pm.

Wed., Dec. 9 – Taking the Lines of Sea Star 2: A 1934 Matsumoto Troller at 7pm, Silva Bay Shipyard School. Gabriola boatbuilder Tony Grove talks about “Taking the Lines of Sea Star 2: A 1934 Matsumoto Troller”.

Fri., Dec. 11 – October Ferries to Gabriola: A Reading at the Roxy. In 1946 Malcolm and Margerie Lowry caught the Atrevida for Gabriola. Now a modern couple follow in their wake, echoing their search for paradise. Join them at a reading of Charlotte Cameron’s new play. Tickets at Artworks. 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm.

Fri., Dec. 11 – Jupiter Ranch Art Studio invites you and your well-behaved pets to a festive night of art, baubles and fun. Friday, December 11th, 5pm – 9pm. The art of emerging Pet Portrait Artist, Lesley Harris, will be featured and you’ll be sure to recognize a furry Gabriola face in her work. The various artworks of Jupiter Ranch’s resident artist, Sylvie Milman will also be available for viewing and sale. 2220 Shaw Road, Gabriola, 250-247-2051

Sat., Dec. 12 – Restoring Carlotta, 1899 Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter at 4pm, Silva Bay Shipyard School. Stephen Mohan talks about restoring Carlotta, built in 1899 as a Bristol Channel pilot cutter, and worked for the Cumberland Sea Fisheries before being converted into a yacht in 1907.

Saturday, December 12 – Sheila Norgate’s annual studio sale. 2531 Tyee Drive from 11am – 5 pm 250-247-7308 for more information.

Sat., Dec. 12 – The Grade 7’s invite you to attend their movie fundraiser, No Impact Man, on Saturday, Dec. 12th, matinee and Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7pm. Can you save the planet without driving your family crazy?

Sunday, December 13 & Thursday, December 17 – Radio After Dark presents Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer at the Surf Lodge. Evening performances at 7:30 with Sunday matinee at 2:00. Tickets at Artworks in Folklife Village.

Sun., Dec. 20 – Solstice Celebration at the Commons — details TBA.

Sun., Dec. 27 (24 hours)- Christmas Bird Count 2009. If you can help, no experience is required as you will go with someone who knows the birds. A $5 donation from each person goes to Bird Studies Canada to help cross-Canada analysis. Please call Margaret at 250-247-2025 as soon as possible.

Don’t forget to vote for the Aviva Community Fund everyday from December 2 – 16!!

November Events

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

November 12 – 15 – the 6th annual poetry festival at the Surf Lodge, The Roxy and other locations. For tickets please click here, or visit Artworks.

November 14
– The Port Theatre is host to “The Kerplunks” at 2:30 pm. Call 250-754-8550 or visit the Port Theatre box office for tickets.

November 14 – Country Dance! Old style country music with Nathan Tinkham and friends. Community Hall, doors at 7:30 pm with music starting at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 at the door. Call 250-247-8197 for more information.

November 15 – Malapina Choir presents La Diva and Le Choir with guest Natalie Choquette. Show starts at 2 pm at The Port Theatre. Call 250-754-8550 or visit the box office for tickets.

November 18 – What to Archive? Workshop about what to archive and how to keep it safe. Put on by both the Gabriola Museum Society and People for a Healthy Community. 7 – 8 pm at Gabriola Commons in the PHC Offices on the lower floor. RSVP by email to Kathryn or call 250-247-7311.

November 19 – 21 – The Vancouver Island Symphony presents “A Mozart Festival” featuring 2 concerts and the movie “Amadeus – The Director’s Cut”. Festival pass $75.00, single tickets also available. Contact The Port Theatre at 250-754-8550 or visit the box office for more information.

November 21 – Mel Watson at The Roxy. Indie artisit Mel Watson offers her unique musical style with the aid of modern technology and outstanding musical ability. Winner of 19 Australian Music Awards making this a show to not miss! Tickets $15 in advance at Artworks, $18 at the door. Doors open at 7 pm show starts at 7:30 pm.

November 25 – Clothes swap party at the Surf Lodge. Contact Sarah Welsby for more inofrmation or to donate clothes. Cost to attend is $15 per individual and $20 per family with proceeds going to build an orphanage in Cambodia. Starts at 4 pm!

Welcome to Our Events Page!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Welcome to our new events page, check back often to see what is happening around Gabriola. Have an event that you would like to see posted here? Please email us with details.