2017 Gathering Festival

The Gathering Festival is an exciting four week festival held at the Gathering Place Community Centre and Emery Barnes Park. The 27 festival days are packed with up to 50 workshops, activities and special events including community art workshops, amateur and professional music performances, Film screenings at Vancity Theatre, Summer Solstice Parades and Celebrations, BC Access Awareness Day, Seniors Week, Bike to Work Week and more.

We are excited to announce the 2017 Gathering Festival line-up of FREE performances on Sat June 17th at Emery Barnes Park. This years headliners include Marcus Mosely and the Sojourners and Company B Jazz Band. Stay tunes for more performer announcements.


Company B Jazz Band

Sojourners 2

The Sojourners

The festival highpoint, Sat June 17, is marked with a grand one-day community celebration in Emery Barnes Park adjacent to the Gathering Place Community Centre in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown. Community bands performed with established professional bands, service groups set-up display booths, workshop participants exhibited their achievements, children play games, street youth walk on stilts, historical banners animate the park, there will be food, community information, games, health care and lots more.

Three days of events follow the Community Celebration: including a free screening of locally produce films at the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Vancity Theatre, food and music in the park and a Summer Solstice celebration to conclude the festival on June 20st.


The festival ends with a grand Summer Solstice Celebration. Music and activities started at 6pm with performances by Gamelan Bike Bike. The event will be animated by giant puppets and members of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret. Event-goers dress up in costume as well. At 8pm, the Carnival Band leads the solstice procession down to David Lam Park by False Creek for more performances and a sunset celebration marking the beginning of summer and the end to the month long Gathering Festival.



The Gathering Place proudly presents this year:

Adapted music group, facilitated by the Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS)

Joy of Cooking Band

GP Choir

Slice Day Youth Performers