Winterruption on Granville Island is a truly unique Vancouver winter (techniquely it’s still winter) festival that runs from February 24 – 26. The magic is in the mix as the Island once again hosts a celebration of local and international artists of all disciplines.
From kid-friendly theatre to jazzy tunes, enlightening foodie tours to inspirational artisan open studios, there is something that all-ages can appreciate at Granville Island’s Winterruption Festival.
There is no shortage of family-friendly activities on offer over the three-day festival. Bring the kids to Carousel Theatre`s classic tale of Aesop’s Fables or visit the Kids Zone where Vancouver International Children`s Festival presents the rhythmic soul of Kutapira; Arts Umbrella showcases their theatre program with Theatre Fix; and the internationally renowned Indigenous company, Red Sky, returns with The Great Mountain. Or, have a go on the T-Shirt Spin Bike Art by creativity-driven Make; a great activity for all ages, participants human power the bike to create one-of-a-kind artwork with paint for their t-shirts. It’s affordable too! $10 includes a t-shirt, paint, and a ‘spin’ on the bike.
A Walk on the Artsy Side
Artists and artisans fill the galleries, nooks and crannies of Granville Island. There are exhibitions and open studios around every corner! ReVision at the Creekhouse is exhibiting recycled, salvaged, or found materials transformed into amazing art. Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects Studio in Railspur Alley is presenting Woodenough, a wood exhibition, sharing techniques and exploring new frontiers in the world of wood. Continuing Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design is offering a behind-the-scenes tour of the University as well as a Drop-In Life Drawing workshop.
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society presents a diverse line-up of musical acts, with shows at Performance Works at various times during Winterruption. Expect easy listening from a variety of musicians including Michael Bernard Fitzgerald with special guests Acres of Lions; Aidan Knight with special guests The Belle Game; Celso Machado; and Aeroplane Trio.
Visit the Granville Island Stage where the Arts Club Theatre Company is presenting Intimate Apparel, a richly textured love story by Lynn Nottage. Or, expect the unexpected as some of Vancouver’s favourite dancers pop up in unusual spaces all over the Island.
On Saturday and Sunday during Winterruption, Edible Canada presents a Guided Culinary Market Tour, a Canadian Beer/Wine Tasting, and a three-course dinner. Experience the flavours of Granville Island Market with a guided two-hour tour for $30. Then enjoy a tasting of Canadian beer and wine prior to a market inspired three-course dinner at Edible Canada Bistro. Buy tickets separately or buy as a package for $70 per person plus tax.
For more information about Granville Island merchants and events, visit granvilleisland.com.
Dates and Times: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 – 9:00AM – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012 – 7:00PM