Performance Works

Performance Works is a flexible and beautiful performance space with a wooden floor, surrounded by impressive wooden beams, and flanked with large roll-up doors to let in the gorgeous scenery that surrounds the building. There is a bar service area, a large outdoor patio, and outdoor performance space right next to Ron Basford Park.  It is perfect for contemporary performance, independent theatre productions, festivals, and workshops.

Originally a machine shop from the 1920’s, the Barbara Dalrymple-designed Performance Works opened 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, Performance Works is stewarded by the Granville Island Theatre District.

For non-pandemic capacity and other technical specifications, please refer to the documents in the sidebar.

Introductory information regarding workplace health and safety during the pandemic can be found in our COVID-19 Considerations for Renters. Our full Safety Plan and related policies are available in the ‘COVID-19’ section of our website.

Due to COVID-19, front-of-house and back-of-house capacities at the venue have drastically changed. Please see the Venue Occupancy Table for full capacity figures. Final capacity figures will be determined by the Venue Manager, based on regulations and desired configuration.

For more information on the venue please contact Madelaine Walker, Events and Facilities Manager for Performance Works at performanceworks[at]


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Where We Are

1218 Cartwright St Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8

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