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Cultivate Festival @ Gabriola Commons
Jul 1 – Jul 4 all-day
Cultivate Festival @ Gabriola Commons

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.

Schedule

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

Special Event
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.

Cultivate Festival | Theatre – Introduction to Theatrical Improv Workshop with Tom Radcliffe @ Gabriola Commons - Lawn Stage
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cultivate Festival | Theatre - Introduction to Theatrical Improv Workshop with Tom Radcliffe @ Gabriola Commons - Lawn Stage

Lawn Stage
Tickets $20 – Limited to 8 Participants

A fun two-hour introduction to improvised theatre, which will introduce students to elements of spontaneity, character, problems, and plot via a series of games and exercises that will develop from the very simple to the simple. The focus will include listening and taking small steps. This is a theatrical workshop focused on telling stories about characters with interesting problems. Ideally, participants will be modestly mobile and able to stand for fifteen minutes at a time, but seated participation is also definitely an option! Limited to 8 people.

TJ Radcliffe has studied acting, theatrical improv, and improvised musical theatre in Vancouver with the Improv Comedy Institute at VTS, Second Storey Theatre, Blind Tiger, Instant Theatre, and elsewhere, and been part of various improv groups on the Lower Mainland, including the Treble Makers and 180 Improv.

Presented by the Gabriola Players this workshop runs for about 2 hours.

 

Cultivate Festival | Theatre – Life on Mars @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Cultivate Festival | Theatre - Life on Mars @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage

Life on Mars by Elliot Hayes is an inspired comedy in which two short-order cooks contemplate the universe while watching the lunar eclipse at the back of the diner after their shift. It’s 1993 and Frank, “a little older, a little wiser”, and Mike, “a little younger, a little happier” are facing some of life’s big questions like, “Where would you go if you left here? Are we alone…or are there other beings way out there? What about the man in the moon… and UFOs?”

As the play unfolds, Mike comes to realize that Frank is really looking for the answer to that existential question: “Is there really any meaning to life here on earth?” As the eclipse darkens the lunar surface, the mood also darkens for the two men. When Mike says “Now they figure if anything is intelligent enough to be “up there”, it would kill us first anyway”, Frank simply states: “Why would they bother? Why would they bother, the way we’re going?” As the eclipse progresses back to light, however, Frank makes a decision that changes everything. Gabriola Players cast and crew: Joe DiCara and Scott Rivers. Directed by Donna Deacon. Sound design by Charlie Cheffins. Lighting design by Dave Innell. Stage manager is Linda Hellenius. Stage crew is Peter Hellenius.

Presented by the Gabriola Players this one-act play runs approximately 45 minutes

Cultivate Festival | Snuneymuxw Welcome presented by Dave Bodaly @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage
Jul 1 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Snuneymuxw Welcome presented by Dave Bodaly, Knowledge Keeper
July 1 – 1:30pm
Free 
– Limited Seating
Reservoir Stage 

Snuneymuxw

Cultivate Festival | Theatre – Wilf Carter @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage
Jul 1 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Cultivate Festival | Theatre - Wilf Carter @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage

Wilf Carter (1904-1996) made his mark in Canada and the world with a career that lasted for more than sixty years. He became one of the most influential singers and songwriters in country music history.  He almost single-handedly invented and defined the cowboy singer and was an inspiration to Gene Autry,  Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Ian Tyson, Roger Whittaker, and countless others.

Wilf’s story is an amazing one.  From his humble beginnings as the son of a Nova Scotia preacher to his performances on the international stage, he made his fans one by one…they loved his music and yodeling but loved him as a person as well. With Wilf’s blessing, Nathan Tinkham tells the story of how Wilf achieved his dream of being a cowboy singer and performs some of Wilf’s most popular songs. Although largely forgotten in today’s culture, he was hugely influential as Canada’s first country music star and one of the first of the singing cowboys.

Presented by Rhythm Range Music this one-act play runs approximately 45 minutes.

Cultivate Festival | Theatre – Red @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Cultivate Festival | Theatre - Red @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage

Over the Moon Theatricals

From Dramatists Play Service: Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award. “Intense and exciting…a study in artist appreciation, a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts…RED captures the dynamic relationship between an artist and his creations.” —NY Times. “RED” By John Logan. Featuring Ray Appel and Tom Radcliffe. Directed by Frank Moher. Movement coach: Gwen Spinks. Sound designer and stage manager: James Burroughs. Costume Coordinator: Paul Robinson

Presented by Over the Moon Theatricals this one-act play runs approximately 90 minutes (Adult Language) 

Jul
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Fri
Cultivate Festival | Theatre – Red @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage
Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Cultivate Festival | Theatre - Red @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage

Over the Moon Theatricals

From Dramatists Play Service: Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award. “Intense and exciting…a study in artist appreciation, a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts…RED captures the dynamic relationship between an artist and his creations.” —NY Times. “RED” By John Logan. Featuring Ray Appel and Tom Radcliffe. Directed by Frank Moher. Movement coach: Gwen Spinks. Sound designer and stage manager: James Burroughs. Costume Coordinator: Paul Robinson

Presented by Over the Moon Theatricals this one-act play runs approximately 90 minutes (Adult Language) 

Cultivate Festival | Theatre – Wilf Carter @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage
Jul 2 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Cultivate Festival | Theatre - Wilf Carter @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage

Wilf Carter (1904-1996) made his mark in Canada and the world with a career that lasted for more than sixty years. He became one of the most influential singers and songwriters in country music history.  He almost single-handedly invented and defined the cowboy singer and was an inspiration to Gene Autry,  Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Ian Tyson, Roger Whittaker, and countless others.

Wilf’s story is an amazing one.  From his humble beginnings as the son of a Nova Scotia preacher to his performances on the international stage, he made his fans one by one…they loved his music and yodeling but loved him as a person as well. With Wilf’s blessing, Nathan Tinkham tells the story of how Wilf achieved his dream of being a cowboy singer and performs some of Wilf’s most popular songs. Although largely forgotten in today’s culture, he was hugely influential as Canada’s first country music star and one of the first of the singing cowboys.

Presented by Rhythm Range Music this one-act play runs approximately 45 minutes.

Cultivate Festival | Theatre – Life on Mars @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage
Jul 2 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Cultivate Festival | Theatre - Life on Mars @ Gabriola Commons - Reservoir Stage

Life on Mars by Elliot Hayes is an inspired comedy in which two short-order cooks contemplate the universe while watching the lunar eclipse at the back of the diner after their shift. It’s 1993 and Frank, “a little older, a little wiser”, and Mike, “a little younger, a little happier” are facing some of life’s big questions like, “Where would you go if you left here? Are we alone…or are there other beings way out there? What about the man in the moon… and UFOs?”

As the play unfolds, Mike comes to realize that Frank is really looking for the answer to that existential question: “Is there really any meaning to life here on earth?” As the eclipse darkens the lunar surface, the mood also darkens for the two men. When Mike says “Now they figure if anything is intelligent enough to be “up there”, it would kill us first anyway”, Frank simply states: “Why would they bother? Why would they bother, the way we’re going?” As the eclipse progresses back to light, however, Frank makes a decision that changes everything. Gabriola Players cast and crew: Joe DiCara and Scott Rivers. Directed by Donna Deacon. Sound design by Charlie Cheffins. Lighting design by Dave Innell. Stage manager is Linda Hellenius. Stage crew is Peter Hellenius.

Presented by the Gabriola Players this one-act play runs approximately 45 minutes