Welcome to Winterruption 2016!

February 19-21

Vancouver's favourite winter festival celebrates its 11th year with music, dance, film, theatre, art, food, craft, indoor and outdoor activities, and so much more!

Granville Island's exciting and eclectic Winterruption Festival returns for its 11th year with an incredible range of events and performances all across the Island. Winterruption promises something surprising around every corner.

Enjoy an Active Fiction experience and join in a fun and intriguing self-guided story, with different pieces of the tale located in public locations around Granville Island. Or perhaps spend the evening with the brilliant madmen behind One-Man Star Wars, an irreverent homage and parody to The Dark Knight Trilogy: One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody.

Dance, in all its traditional, classical, and popular glory 'pops up' in unexpected places throughout the Island all weekend long with New Works’ Pop Up Dances! Or see a different perspective of the dance world by catching the special screening of A Ballerina’s Tale, the celebrated documentary about Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.

Along with the usual hijinks from our friends at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Jacky Essombe takes audiences on a music and dance-filled journey to Africa, and invites them to join in the fun in our Kids Zone.

Coastal Jazz partners with Granville Island to bring an amazing roster of concerts to Winterruption. Enjoy the dynamic west coast world fusion group Tanga with special guests Bazooka Picnic and the magical voice of jazz/pop singer Alejandra Ribera with special guest Ayelet Rose Gottlieb's Shiv'a. Other performances include concerts from Elkhorn, Grdina/Houle/Loewen, The End Tree and SICK BOSS.

And that's just the beginning! There's improv comedy from TheatreSports®, face painting, a chance to make maple taffy, colourful creatures, clay sculptures, tangles, and beautiful art, take photos, explore amazing exhibits, and dance in the streets with Mortal Coil.

Grab your best toque and favourite fleece, and enjoy the festival that stirs the senses, excites the mind - and delivers a whole lot of fun for everyone!

Volunteer Opportunities
If simply being here for the festival doesn't cut it for you, why not offer up your talents and lend us a hand? We're always looking for volunteers to help us out! Just send an email requesting sign-up information to the following link: 
There are lots of volunteer positions available; we'd be happy to add you to our team!


All Food Arts and Poetry Kids Stuff Music Theatre and Dance Film
September 7, 2014 (All day) - August 1, 2016 (All day)

Vancouver Biennale: OSGEMEOS “Giants” Mural

The Vancouver Biennale has transformed a Granville Island industrial landmark into a gigantic work of public art! OSGEMEOS's monumental, 360-degree, 23 metre tall mural is the biggest public...
February 18, 2016 - 8:00pm - February 21, 2016 - 8:00pm

One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody

From the madmen behind One-Man Star Wars comes an irreverent parody and homage to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Charles Ross, lovingly tears Christopher Nolan's masterpiece apart in One Man...
February 19, 2016 (All day) - February 21, 2016 (All day)

BBQ Feature

L'Épicerie, Rotisserrie and Gourmande, Public Market Delight your senses with baby back rib, balsamic bbq glaze with mash potato and truffle oil. $14.95  
February 19, 2016 - 9:00am - February 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Jack Darcus – Open Studio

Visit the studio and for an amazing insight into the artist’s collection of egg tempera paintings. 9am - 6pm FREE
February 19, 2016 - 9:00am - February 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Brilliant Ideas, jewellery exhibition

Three decades of designing and handcrafting individually unique pieces for an exclusive worldwide clientele. The retrospective exhibition includes one of a kind jewellery pieces, drawings and...
February 19, 2016 - 9:00am - February 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Winterruption Donut Spectacular

With a surprising combination of flavours, these donuts made exclusively for our winter festival will launch your palette from winter into spring.   MARKET PRICE
February 19, 2016 - 10:00am - February 21, 2016 - 3:00pm

Watercolour Snowflake workshops with the Federation of Canadian Artists

The Federation of Canadian Artists invites budding and established artists to get creative for Winterruption 2016, with two FREE interactive art activities: Watercolour Snowflakes Make a beautiful,...
February 19, 2016 - 10:00am - February 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Open Studio - Salt Water Studio

This lively studio is full of exciting art works, all on view for the visitor. Talk with the artist Jeanne Krabbendam, ask questions, or even try the brush if you dare! Studio is on the second floor...
February 19, 2016 - 10:00am - February 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

Spreading the Love, art exhibit and workshop

Find original postcards to mail to your loved ones. A portion of the proceeds donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and the Yukon. Presented by Ainsworth Custom Design February 19: 10am -...
February 19, 2016 - 10:00am - February 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Ikebana Floral Art

As a preamble of spring, view Japanese-inspired floral art in various locations around the Island. Tour map available at Information Booths, Circle Craft in the Net Loft and
February 19, 2016 - 10:15am - February 21, 2016 - 12:30pm

The Granville Island Market Tour

A food and cultural walking tour showcasing fresh, local gastronomic delights! Alternate tastings for vegetarian and pescetarian can be provided. Tickets available at, pre-...
February 19, 2016 - 10:30am - February 21, 2016 - 2:00pm

Hamelin: A New Fable

In 13th century Germany, Medieval Hamelin Town is way too big for its lederhosen. Governed by a spoiled Mayor, his Mommy and stuffy corporate types who have no interest in its hard-working townsfolk...
February 19, 2016 - 10:30am - February 21, 2016 - 5:30pm

MIXaPEDIA (Play With It)

New Work by the Contemporary Ceramics Collective. The group playfully and proudly presents their most recent experimentations and explorations in clay, as they seek to expand the conversation around...
February 19, 2016 - 10:30am - February 21, 2016 - 5:30pm

Temporal Artifacts

Aboriginal art practices are strongly rooted in the survival of artifacts of craft. This exhibition presents future artifacts of contemporary aboriginal artists, and reflect on their current...
February 19, 2016 - 11:00am - February 21, 2016 - 4:00pm

Colourful Creature Crafts at Make

Get crafty at Make & create colourful creatures with laser engraved cutouts! Make is hosting an interactive activity for all ages: cardstock will be engraved & ready for you to form...
February 19, 2016 - 11:00am - February 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

Ukama Gallery Loft

Ukama welcomes guests to the opening of an exclusive sculpture collection featuring world-renowned Dominic Benhura, Zimbabwe’s most beloved sculptor, alongside British Columbia’s emerging...
February 19, 2016 - 11:00am - February 21, 2016 - 5:00pm


All work is produced in the studio so come on in and see the show and hopefully catch some artists working as well. Enlivening the gallery walls, an all members' show that celebrates glorious...
February 19, 2016 - 12:00pm - February 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

Like a Rolling Stone

Like a Rolling Stone is an exhibition that riffs off of the subject of rock. Conflating geology and rock music it considers the ways in which two seemingly unrelated subjects linked by the same...
February 19, 2016 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Tasting at Liberty Wine Merchants

Don't forget to swing by for Wine Down Fridays, our weekly tasting. Must be 19 or over. Presented by Liberty Wine Merchants 1pm -5pm FREE
February 19, 2016 - 7:30pm - February 21, 2016 - 7:30pm

Improv Comedy

Vancouver’s #1 Improv Comedy Company. No two improv shows are ever the same, relying on audience input to ‘write’ the script and move the action forward. Enjoy a variety of...
February 19, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tanga Plus Special Guests, Bazooka Picnic

Tanga is a west coast world fusion group delivering new manifestations of urban groove, mixing afro-latin, jazz and world beats with a hip hop kick. Formed in 2007, this all-star collective of...
February 20, 2016 - 10:00am - February 21, 2016 - 3:00pm

Scavenger Hunt with the Federation of Canadian Artists

The Federation of Canadian Artists invites budding and established artists to get creative for Winterruption 2016, with two FREE interactive art activities: Scavenger Hunt Visitors match close up...
February 20, 2016 - 10:30am - February 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

Asa Branco Street Band

A powerful and infectious Brazilian inspired street band that will have you dancing. Starts in the Kids Zone and ends in Railspur Alley. February 20 & 21 | 10:30am & 12:00pm FREE
February 20, 2016 - 10:30am - February 21, 2016 - 3:00pm

Chix on Stix

Mortal Coil's 10-foot tall Mardi Gras characters will be dancing and shaking it throughout Granville Island. Presented by Granville Island and Mortal Coil Performance Society 10:30am - 3pm FREE...
February 20, 2016 - 10:30am - February 21, 2016 - 4:30pm

Face Painting

Illuminate your face with art! FREE Kids Zone
February 20, 2016 - 10:30am - February 21, 2016 - 4:30pm

Hamelin Inspired Puppet Workshop

Hamelin inspired puppets Come out and make your own hand puppets based on the images from the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Using found objects with bright colourful materials create your own version of the...
February 20, 2016 - 10:30am - 12:00pm

Sustainable Seafood Walking Tour

Explore the spectacular flavours of B.C.’s finest and most sustainable seafood. Tour starts promptly at 10:30am in Triangle Square. Presented by the David Suzuki Foundation 10:30am - Noon FREE...
February 20, 2016 - 10:30am - February 21, 2016 - 4:30pm

Maple Taffy-Canada’s Original Candy!

Enjoy making your own maple taffy candy as we celebrate the ‘sugaring off’ season! Cost: $3 Kids Zone Presented by Maples’ Sugar Shack
February 20, 2016 - 11:00am - February 21, 2016 - 11:45am

Back 2 Basics with Project Soul

The performance highlights 4 different styles of street dance: Breaking, Popping, Locking and Hip hop and introduces our spoken word/emcee Rupert Common. The story focuses on the various social...
February 20, 2016 - 11:00am - February 21, 2016 - 3:00pm

Capture the Winterruption Moment

Experience Winterruption, take a smart phone photo on Granville Island and then print your photos on Arts Umbrella state of the art digital printers.  Take away your image to remember the...
February 20, 2016 - 11:00am - February 21, 2016 - 4:30pm

Mini Glassblowing Workshops

No experience needed! Just choose your colours and make a flower of your own. Presented by New-Small & Sterling Studio Glass Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance, for reservations call...
February 20, 2016 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Painting Water and Waves with Soft Pastels

Join Master Pastelist Ruth Rodgers as she demonstrates the use of a fluid underpainting to create a naturalistic soft pastel painting of water/waves! Presented by Artist Ruth Rodgers FREE...
February 20, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Meet Your Makers Tour: Art, Craft and Design

Explore the studios and meet the artists, artisans and designers. Develop new insights into the many mediums of making art on Granville Island and take home a creative souvenir. Explore the artistic...
February 20, 2016 - 12:00pm - February 21, 2016 - 12:30pm

Carnival Procession

Dance in the streets with Mortal Coil Carnival stilt dancers, Asa Branco and Jacky Essombe. Join in the parade! Starts in the Kids Zone and ends in Railspur Alley. FREE
February 20, 2016 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm


A band of Vancouver all-stars led by guitarist-composer Tom Wherrett. Expect to hear an intriguing hybrid of folk, jazz, country, and rock music; where the boundaries of genre are blurred. With...
February 20, 2016 - 1:00pm - February 21, 2016 - 1:00pm

Cuadro Flamenco

Cuadro Flamenco celebrates the traditional and intimate setting of flamenco performance. Originating in the era of the café cantantes, and continuing today in Spain’s tablaos flamencos, the...
February 20, 2016 - 1:00pm - February 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

Pop Up Dances

Expect the unexpected as intriguing and exhilarating dances pop up in unusual spaces throughout the island. Pop Up Dances are free tours of site specific dance performances that celebrate dance in...
February 20, 2016 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Tour of the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Production Shop

Experience a look at how a prop is made and a set is constructed at the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production shop. FREE RSVP by February 18 to or arrive 10 minutes...
February 20, 2016 - 1:30pm

Afro Hair Savoir Faire

This inclusive Black History Month event showcases the natural hair movement sweeping the African diaspora. Enjoy live tutorials on Afro hair care, styles and culture alongside short-films (Hairpiece...
February 20, 2016 - 2:00pm - February 21, 2016 - 3:40pm

Meet Your Makers Tour: Spirits, Sake and Hand Crafted Beer

Explore the “spiritual” side of Granville Island! John Lee, award-winning travel writer, takes you on a tour to meet master distillers and brew masters to learn about the process of...
February 20, 2016 - 3:00pm - February 21, 2016 - 3:00pm

Jacky Essombe

Celebrate the rhythms, dance and spirit of an African Village. Travel to the depths of Africa with Jacky Essombe. Accompanied by two musicians, Jacky celebrates the richness and community spirit of...
February 20, 2016 - 3:15pm - 5:00pm


Performing completely improvised concerts and utilizing graphic scores since 2014, this group has recently forged a new stream of complex compositions that meld together density, ferocious energy and...
February 20, 2016 - 9:00pm

Alejandra Ribera plus special guest Ayelet Rose Gottlieb's Shiv’a

Ribera possesses the voice of the ultimate dreamer, with delicately arranged songs, designed for flight. Her breakthrough album La Boca was produced and arranged by Jean Massicotte (Lhasa de Sala,...
February 21, 2016 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

Parent & Tot Gym

Join in for open playtime featuring a bouncy castle, slides, teeter totter, toy cars, hoops and balls. For children under 6 years. 9:30am - Noon FREE drop-in program; no registration required....
February 21, 2016 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Introduction to Zentangle® with Aleesha Sattva

As a certified Zentangle® Teacher, Aleesha will be teaching you how to get started by teaching you basic tangles. Tangles are simple repetitive patterns which when drawn together create a...
February 21, 2016 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm

The End Tree

The End Tree is a Vancouver-based string and vocal trio performing a unique brand of hallucinatory, melodramatic chamber-pop. Their sound is a cross between the Kronos Quartet, Nick Drake, and the...
February 21, 2016 - 2:00pm

A Ballerina’s Tale

The Vancity Theatre and the Granville Island Cultural Society welcome you to celebrate Black History Month with our presentation of ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’. This feature documentary...
February 21, 2016 - 3:15pm - 4:30pm


A new ensemble lead by guitarist and composer Cole Schmidt, SICK BOSS draws together influences from creative improvisation, rock, folk, and modern jazz. The band's dazzling musicianship is...