RE: “Ownership change pending for Folklife Village” in July 28 Sounder

Tuesday, August 5 2014

Thanks for your article on the change of ownership of the Gabriola Folklife Village. I wish to point out a minor correction to the article. Based on several Internet sources (including http://bobbea.com, which shows a photo of the structure at Expo ‘86), the Folklife Village was recycled from the Expo ‘86 Folklife Pavilion (not the Saskatchewan Pavilion as indicated) which was meant to celebrate “the living tradition of Canada’s Native and settler cultures ... with more than 25 daily performances from Newfoundland fiddlers to Native dance troupes.” In fact, Saskatchewan had its own grand pavilion that, not surprisingly, resembled a grain elevator (http://bobbea.com/expo-86/saskatchewan.html). 

Another interesting tidbit, as indicated on Nick Doe’s website www.nickdoe.ca, is that Folklife Village is in fact a showpiece of BC itself: “When Vancouver hosted Expo ’86, British Columbia constructed a pavilion to represent the province to the world. The “Folklife Village” was conceived and built to show off some of BC’s fine timber and no expense was spared to put together a masterpiece of post-and-beam construction. The architect was flown over the forests of BC to personally pick the trees to be cut to make the largest of the beams that support the unique structure. The ‘village’ created at Expo included two main components - the best of which is now the centrepiece of the village of Gabriola.”

So it is truly something we on Gabriola should be proud of and, as Kathy Ramsay says, we should celebrate the vision of the folks who brought that structure to Gabriola.

Take care, 

~ Joe DiCara