Our story

A/PPS began in 2019 with a day-long slow concert of ambient and experimental electronic music at the Yellowhouse Art Centre. In 2020 we pivoted to an online festival during the pandemic, and from that learned the value and accessibility of a hybrid festival with in-person, livestream and online broadcasts. Our season now includes the summer festival, Active/Passive, as well as BioSonic!, a spring event series, and additional concerts throughout the fall and winter.

We love to collaborate on productions, performances and media featuring ambient and experimental electronic musicians that grow audiences for the arts in our local community. Working in a rural and remote location, accessible only via ferry, we are one of very few organizations bringing music performances to our island. Our focus on these unique genres ensures that our local community has the opportunity to explore new-to-them artists, music, and performance styles.

We partner with LEÑA Artist Research Centre and Residency to offer our artists weeklong residencies to explore their practice. We also work with Yellowhouse Art Centre to connect our artists with their programming with youth and artists working in other media.

Our mandate

A/PPS' mandate is to:

A/PPS brings together emerging and established artists, and connects performers working in disparate genres and communities. This builds connections and provides a nurturing performance space that supports artists as they explore and experiment. As producers and promoters, we strive to present diverse artist voices, especially to connect arts performance with space and place in the unceded, ancestral and stolen territories of the Penelakut, Lamalcha, Hwitslum and other Hul’qumi’num speaking peoples as well as the ceded territories of Tsawwassen First Nation.

Our Values

Our values are derived from our mandate, and direct all of our work and the way we relate with artists, audiences, participants and communities.

A/PPS' values are to:

Board of Directors

Caitlin Pencarrick Hertzman, Chair

Jen Pearson, Treasurer

Amos Hertzman, Secretary

Adam Startin, Director

Brady Ciel Marks, Director

Roksan Parfitt, Director

Miguel Maravilla, Director

Max Vargas, Director


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We're grateful to collaborate and produce on the shared, stolen, unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of Penelakut, Lamalcha, Hwitslum and other Hul’qumi’num speaking peoples, as well as the ceded territories of Tsawwassen First Nation, on what is now known as Galiano Island, British Columbia. We recognize the complex impacts that hosting settlers and non-settlers has on the Indigenous land and peoples of this area, and we aim to be responsible and accountable for these impacts and our footprint—whether cultural, environmental or social.

We acknowledge the generous support of our partners and funders:

LEÑA Artist Residency  Yellowhouse Art Centre  BC Ferries  CRD Arts & Culture Support Service  Galiano Island Parks & Recreation  Creative BC  British Columbia Arts Council  Canada Council for the Arts