Originally an old machine shop dating back to the 1920’s, the Barbara Dalrymple designed Performance Works opened at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island in 1992 with a mandate to provide the arts community with a permanent rehearsal and performance venue. Owned by CMHC – Granville Island, and managed by the Granville Island Cultural Society, Performance Works is now a multifunctional, flexible black box theatre space fully booked year round with some of Vancouver’s most exciting performance events and productions.
Opened in 1980, the construction of False Creek Community Centre was one of several public facilities planned by the City of Vancouver who developed this former industrial area located on the the southern shore of False Creek. Its prime location on bustling Granville Island coupled with its access to the waterfront provide additional and unique programming opportunities. Presently in the midst of receiving an expansion and other improvements, the centre primarily serves a population of “baby boomers” (those born between 1947 and 1965) but offers a roster of programs and events for all ages. Specialty programs and services include canoeing, kayaking, tennis, performing arts, after school daycare and a well-equipped fitness centre. False Creek’s proximity to Vancouver’s seaside bicycle route makes an excellent starting point for cycling excursions; either west to Spanish Bank or east toward Stanley Park and Coal Harbour.