Winterruption festival arrives at Granville Island this weekend

Granville Island presents the 9th annual Winterruption, a unique Vancouver winter festival. From February 14th to 16th, head on down to Granville Island to celebrate the West Coast through music, food, art, theatre, dance and film. With beer tastings, capoeira performances, French films, pop up dances, and performances by We are the City and Wake Owl, Winterruption promises to entertain and delight the masses.

Vancouver’s Coastal Jazz and Blues Society presents the Performance Works Music Series, with Vancouver-based indie band We are the City and indie-folk group Wake Owl. Both headliners are $15+ for tickets, but there are also a number of free performances. Quebecois singer Saint-Pierre, Thelonious Monk tribute Monk’s Music, jazz pianist and singer Jillian Lebeck Trio, and Arabic and Persian music group Qalandar will all perform two free shows each.


New this year at Winterruption is “Meet Your Makers”, a tour showcasing Granville Island spirits. Hosted by travel writer John Lee, the tour visits Dockside Brewery, Granville Island Brewing Company, Artisan Sake Maker, and Liberty Distillery for tours and tastings of beer, sake, vodka, gin, and whiskey. Also on the menu: watch Olympic Winter Games at Edible Canada, take a walking seafood tour, try specialty Winterruption donuts at Lee’s Donuts, taste wine at Liberty Wine Merchants, and take a tour of the Granville Island Market.

You can also get your creative juices flowing with art workshops. Try glassblowing at New-Small & Sterling Studio Glass or make arts and crafts with up-cycled materials at Make. Or, if you prefer to observe, there will be a number of art exhibitions and tours, including an innovative idea exchange between Granville Island artists, artisans, architects, designers, directors, actors, producers, and curators.

In addition, Winterruption will be full of theatre and film. The Francophone Film Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary at Winterruption this year, while the Fringe Festival presents Hockey Night at the Puck and Pickle Pub, a play that takes place during a Canada-Russia hockey game. You can also find free shows at The Revue Stage and pop-up dancers will be appearing all over Granville Island.

Winterruption will also be in full swing at the Kids Zone, with performances by children’s entertainer Charlotte Diamond, Axe Capoeira, French-Canadian group Alouest, stilt performers Duh Hockey Guys, and Mardi Gras characters Chix on Stix. Kids can also try making maple taffy, get their faces painted, and dance in the street with the Mardi Gras Procession.


We are the City | Feb 14 | 9pm | $15
Wake Owl | Feb 15 | 9pm | $15
Saint-Pierre | Feb 15 | 12:30pm & 1:45pm | Free
Monk’s Music | Feb 15 | 3:15pm & 4:30pm | Free
Jilliam Lebeck Trio | Feb 16 | 12:30pm & 1:45pm | Free
Qalandar | Feb 16 | 3:15pm & 4:30pm | Free

All shows at Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street. Tickets for We are the City and Wake Owl available at Northern Tickets.


Meet Your Makers Tour: Spirits, Sake and Hand Crafted Beer | Feb 15 & 16 | 3-4pm | Granville Island Brewery | $12
Edible Canada House: Festival Under the Bridge | Feb 14, 6pm-1am | Feb 15, 11am-1pm | Feb 16, 11am-Midnight | Edible Canada | $25-$30
Winterruption Donut Spectacular | Feb 14-16 | 9am-7pm | Lee’s Donuts | Market Price
Valentine’s at Liberty Wine Merchants | Feb 14 | 2-5pm | Liberty Wine Merchants | Free
Sustainable Seafood Walking Tour | Feb 15 | 11-12pm | Granville Island Public Market | Free
Granville Island Market Tour | Feb 14-16 | 9-11am | Edible Canada | $40 for 2 people


Granville Island – An Innovative Idea Exchange | Feb 15 | 8-11pm | Net Loft Shops | $15
I Heart Art | Feb 1-28 | Fridays 10am-6pm, Saturdays 12pm-6pm, Sundays 12-5pm | Ainsworth Custom Design | Free
Haida Carver: Clarence Mills | Feb 14-16 | 11am-4pm | Ocean Artworks | Free
Ikebana at Winterruption | Feb 14-16 | 10am-6pm | Net Loft, Crafthouse, Railspur District | Free
Works on Paper | Feb 14-16 | 10am-4pm | Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery | Free
Mark Lewis Exhibition | Feb 14-16 | 12-5pm | Charles H. Scott Gallery | Free
Circle Craft Student Scholarship Exhibition | Feb 14-16 | 10am-7pm | Circle Craft Co-Op | Free
Crafting at Make | Feb 14-16 | 11am-4pm | Make | Free
Mini Glassblowing Workshops | Feb 15, 11am-5pm | Feb 16, 12-4pm | New Small-Sterling Glass Studio | $35 | Call 604-681-6730 for reservations

Theatre, Dance & Film

Francophone Film Festival 20th Anniversary | Feb 14-15 | 11am, 2pm, 7pm, 8pm | Waterfront Theatre | $5.50+
The Massacre | Feb 14 & 15, 7:30pm, 9:30pm & 11:15pm | Feb 16, 7:30 pm | Ticket prices vary | Call 604-738-7013 for tickets
Hockey Night at the Puck and Pickle Pub | Feb 14-15 | 8pm | Studio 1398 | $25
Stories from Hogan’s Alley | Feb 15 | 3-4pm | The Revue Stage | Free
Tippi and Stan | Feb 15 | 7pm | The Revue Stage | Free
Pop Up Dances | Feb 15-16 | 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm | Various locations | Free

For Kids

Charlotte Diamond | Feb 15-16 | 11-11:45am | Kids Zone | Free
Axe Capoeira | Feb 15-16 | 3-3:45pm | Kids Zone | Free
Alouest | Feb 15-16 | 1-1:45pm | Kids Zone | Free
Maple Taffy – Canada’s Original Candy! | Feb 15-16 | 10am-4:30pm | Kids Zone | $5
Maskerade Workshop | Feb 15, 10:30am | Feb 16, 4:30pm | Kids Zone | Free
Face Painting | Feb 15-16 | 10:30am-4:30pm | Kids Zone | Free
Duh Hockey Guys | Feb 15 | 12:30-4:30pm | Kids Zone
Parent & Tot Gym and Gogo Bonkers | Feb 16 | 9:30am-Noon | False Creek Community Centre | Free
Mortal Coil Performance Society’s Chix on Stix | Feb 16 | 10:30am-4:15pm | Kids Zone | Free
The Brotherhood of Brass | Feb 16 | 12pm & 2:30pm | Kids Zone | Free
Winterruption Mardi Gras Procession | Feb 16 | 12-12:30pm | Kids Zone | Free

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Winterruption website.


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