Welcome to the 3rd Cultivate Festival on beautiful Gabriola!
2 days of theatre, 2 days of music, plus incredible exhibits of local art.
Join us in celebrating theatre, music & art over four days amidst the natural wonders of the island. Cultivate is about creation, connection, and community. The Gabriola Arts Council is proud to present a festival that reflects the essence of Gabriola.
All performances take place at the Gabriola Commons
R = Reservoir Stage | L = South Lawn | * = Free Event
Thursday, July 1st
10 AM – Theatrical Improv Workshop with Tom Radcliffe – L
12 noon – Theatre – Life on Mars – R
1:00 PM – *Dave Bodaly – Snuneymuxw Welcome – R
3:00 PM – Theatre – Wilf Carter – R
4:30 PM – *Great Canadian Songs with Jake Galbraith – L
6:00 PM – Theatre – RED – R
Friday, July 2nd
11:00 AM – *Foot Prints of The Wolf- L
12 noon – Theatre – RED – R
3:00 PM – Theatre – Wilf Carter – R
6:00 PM – Theatre – Life on Mars – R
Thursday, July 1st and Friday, July 2nd
Gabriola Dance-Poetry in Motion
2 shows daily at 1:30 and 4:30
on the North Road Lawn (road side of the Farm House)
Saturday, July 3rd
12 noon – Sarah Osborne – L
1:30 PM – Paul Pigat – R
3:00 PM – Ed Peekeekoot – L
4:30 PM – Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – R
6:00 PM – Kelly Haigh – L
7:30 PM – Brickyard Funk & Fusion – R
Sunday, July 4th
12 noon – Mark Woodside – L
1:30 PM – Sandy Bone Smith – R
3:00 PM – The Ecclestons – L
4:30 PM – David Gogo – R
6:00 PM – Heartwood – L
7:30 PM – Snake Island Railroad – R
Together we Cultivate the arts.
Singer/Songwriter Sarah Osborne‘s playful and sultry vocals permeate her jazzy blues melodies. Hailing from a musical family this singer-songwriter draws inspiration from the ballads of her childhood and the harshness and beauty of the natural world. Like a tumbleweed going with the wind, Sarah is a natural rambler. She has played vastly diverse stages from train cars crossing the country as part of the ‘Via Rail Artists on Board Program’, to house concerts in the Maritimes, and outdoor bars in Honduras, and she thrives on the emotional connection she builds with her audience via her songs, storytelling, and lightheartedness.
Behind Paul’s unassuming grin and underneath those Doc Watson glasses lurks one of the most restless, combustible musical imaginations ever crammed like so much canned heat into a single body. Blessed with a jazz man’s sheen, a rockabilly heart, and a hobo’s soul, there aren’t many genres of music that don’t pull at Paul’s wayfaring imagination like a magnet. Those with sharp ears will hear snatches of everything from Debussy to Jimmy Rogers blues inflections thrown into the mix, but — as always — the sounds Paul creates are all his own. With long-gone days of railroad steam trailing out back of his head as he sings of possums in the pot and holes in his heart, this music gets you in the mood to hit the open road.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and storyteller, Ed Peekeekoot is a skilled and seasoned performer. He has a timeless kind of cool that appeals to audiences of all ages. Ed’s performances go from blazing guitar work to foot-stomping fiddle and haunting Native flute – all sprinkled with his Cree humour and philosophy. He takes people on a wildly varied musical journey from country folk to a touch of classical and jazz. Ed is from the Ahtahkakoop Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan where he grew up in a musical and supportive family. He has been a solo musician for over four decades – appearing in concerts, festivals, dances, and retreat gatherings.
This exciting award-winning husband and wife team perform blues, jazz, and gospel at their entertaining shows. When Diana sings, you hear passion, with sultry stories of life beautifully expressed through music. Born in Toronto, she is a descendant of the Wellington County pioneers in Canada. With roots in the southern United States, her ancestors escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and lived for four generations in Wellington County, the first African-Canadian pioneer settlement in Ontario. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist who masters every lick on the guitar, harmonica, and trumpet. He has had an illustrious music career spanning some 40 years. Joining Diana and Chris will be Sandy Bone on drums.
Progressive rock, jazz, fusion
After playing the guitar off and on for many years Mark attended the International Guitar Festival In Zihuatanejo where he met an incredible guitarist from Cuba, Josue Tacoronte. The next year at the festival Josue (without Mark knowing anything about it) talked to the festival organizer and asked if Mark could come on stage and play with him. Since then Mark has enjoyed playing solo and with Josue in BC, Mexico and Cuba. He recorded his first CD project in Mexico, and if it were not for COVID 19, Mark and Josue would have been working on a second recording project here in BC.
Sandy Bone Smith, Vancouver – Singer/Songwriter
Renowned for his charismatic, passionate performances Sandy has devoted his life to music — playing, recording, producing, and touring at festivals, in clubs and cafes, theatres and studios across North America and around the globe for over 40 years. This respected Canadian musician and bandleader sings, composes, and plays guitar, drums, and harmonica. Sandy participated in a Songwriter Residency at The Haven in November 2020 but due to Covid had to cancel his concert at The Roxy which was to showcase his work. Sandy says “Songwriting is a special place, one like no other. It can be a scary place as well for it is there that you will bare your soul for all to see.” So we are happy to present the concert now, better later than never. Joining Sandy will be Shakey Reay Suter on harmonica.
Siblings Colleen (guitar and vocals) Kelt (bass, pennywhistle, and vocals), and adopted brother Greg Madill (bouzouki, mandolin, bodhran, and vocals) are a folk band in the true sense of the word, playing the music of the people. Known for their infectious humour, joyfulness, and harmony, this Victoria-based band has a massive Celtic and Canadian repertoire alongside solid songwriting, tackling everything from ‘bombs falling from the sky’ to the fires raging in Alberta and Montana, to siren’s song and dancing outside on a summer night. Growing up in the nomadic tradition of University and Air Force brats they have lived all across Canada and beyond bringing a deep worldliness to what they do.
Although initially known for his ability to rip it up on lead guitar with his electric performances, David Gogo has also built up a solid reputation over the last decade as an acoustic performer with his solo shows that feature his vintage National steel guitar chops, as well as his entertaining stories from the road. David has performed on stage with the likes of BB King, Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, and Otis Rush. His groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career. His songs have been featured in film and television and are regularly played on blues radio programs the world over. This award-winning, high-energy blues-rock trio is going to be fun to listen to!
Genevieve Charbonneau and Jack Connolly are two Vancouver Island-based musicians who have come together to create Heartwood, a folk-roots duo showcasing original songs. Outstanding performers in their own right, when their songwriting talents, charisma, and musical chops are combined, the result is roots and folk magic. Soulful harmonies and the interplay of skillful guitar enrich original songs that are clever, intimate, and highly accessible. With a stunning vocal blend, the two share a chemistry and energy that is palpable. Both are not only exceptional songwriters but charismatic performers and their love of music and sharing that music, shines with every note.