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Granville Island will host one of the city’s most unique and beloved winter festivals from February 14 to 16 as the city’s cultural hub hosts its ninth annual Winterruption. A music, food and arts extravaganza, Winterruption offers a chance to break up the winter doldrums with a West coast celebration. It’s a three-day party filled with a variety of events to entertain everyone in your group.

This year, three new events have been added to the festival: Meet Your Makers Tour, PechaKucha Idea Exchange, and Edible Canada House: Festival Under the Bridge.

From artists’ exhibits to local food, French films to pop-up dances, Fringe Festival performances to family fun – something surprising is around every corner of the island all weekend long!

Granville Island Brewery Tour

Meet Your Makers Tour: Spirits, Sake, and Hand-Crafted Beer
Dates: February 15 and 16, 3 to 4 pm
Venue: Granville Island Brewery, 1441 Cartwright Street
Tickets: $12, online or pay by cash at the door
Note: This is a 19+ event.

Join award-winning travel writer John Lee for an educational tasting tour to meet the master brewers and distillers behind Granville Island’s favourite artisanal brands, including the newly-opened Liberty Distillery.

PechaKucha Granville Island: An Innovative Idea Exchange
Date: February 15, doors at 8 pm; show at 8:30
Venue: Net Loft, 1661 Duranleau Street, entrance on Johnston Street across from the Public Market
Tickets: $15, available online or pay by cash at the door
Note: This is a 19+ event; Cash bar provided by Liberty Wine Merchants

Get inspired by this creative speaker series featuring Granville Island artists, artisans, directors, curators, and producers. Speakers include Arts Club Theatre Company’s Bill Millerd, i.e. creative’s Cheryl Hamilton, The Tomorrow Collective’s Kristina Lemieux, Dalbergia Fine Wood + Objects’ Federico Mendez-Castro, and others.

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Edible Canada House: Festival Under the Bridge
Dates: February 14, 6 pm to 1 am; February 15, 11 am to 1 am; February 16, 11 am to midnight
Venue: Edible Canada at the Market, under the Granville Street Bridge behind Edible Canada
Tickets: Prices vary

Cheer on Canadian Olympians with large screen presentations of the games, with beer, wine, Canadian comfort foods, live DJs, and bands.


Families are front and center with musical performances by Charlotte Diamond, one of BC’s best-loved children’s entertainers. Mask making with the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, parading through the streets with stilt dancers, and dancing alongside Grupo Axé Capoeira’s Brazilian acrobats will captivate the young and young at heart; many of these activities are free of charge. 

We Are The City; photo by Kirsten Berlie
[We Are The City; photo by Kirsten Berlie]

Music lovers can look forward to Coastal Jazz’s presentation of We Are the City, Wake Owl, Qalandar and other independent live acts, while those looking for laughs can take in one of the comedy shows, such as the outrageous two-man performance of Hockey Night at the Puck and Pickle Pub at Studio 1398 Theatre.

Plan your Winterruption weekend by visiting the agenda online. For more information about Granville Island merchants and other special events, visit Granville Island online.

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