Isle of the Arts 2021: safety first

Gabriola Arts Council

Press Release

Wednesday, December 23 2020

The Isle of the Arts Festival is to be held March 31 – April 11, 2021. We’ll still be in the midst of a pandemic, but after cancelling IoTA in the Spring of 2020 and carrying out IoTA mini in the Summer, we have physically distanced, safe workshops covered. Unless we are in a third wave and cannot host workshops in this manner, the show will go on. Safely.

The Gabriola Arts Council is pleased to announce Victoria Banford will be the Festival Coordinator this year and with her experience at the Agricultural Coop as Market Manager and a keen eye for numbers as a bookkeeper, we know IoTA is in good hands.

IoTA is a multidisciplinary celebration of the arts where attendees learn to make and play in artist led workshops. 2021 will see smaller workshops over 10 days, using four venues with only one workshop per day. 

All directives from the Provincial Health Officer will be followed and all plans will be shared with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. 

We take this seriously and would not sacrifice anyone’s safety for the sake of a workshop.

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Poetry Gabriola with the offerings of two poetry workshops and an evening event. 

Opening night will feature a local musician and will be live streamed in addition to a limited live audience; Shelagh Rogers and Bob Joseph will present One Book, One Community with Bob’s book 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act; we will host a physically distanced Night Market; a Poetry Reading; and a closing night presenting the coveted Arty Award. 

Eleven days of activity to celebrate art, music, poetry, and diversity.

We are currently accepting applications for workshop proposals. Please visit for the application. 

If you have any questions about the festival, please contact Victoria at Mark us on your calendar. 

Brochures will be distributed with your Sounder in March. Together we cultivate the arts on Gabriola.