Tuesdays on Granville Island

Come visit us every Tuesday from June to September between 11 am and 4 pm at Triangle Square (just south of the Public Market) for vendors, workshops, art installations, entertainment and more!  See what a collaborative economy looks like in practice and experience emerging social ventures in their launch phase - you could be someone's first customer!


Each week, workshops are taking place at the market to exchange skills, learn and connect with people.  These range from fermented beverage how-to's to physical fitness to crafting of all kinds.  Check out our events page to reserve your spot! 

Community Marketplace, June 6, Day 1

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We were blessed with a perfect sky for our inaugural market on Granville Island.  Spirits were high and all the vendors, workshop leads and volunteers rolled up their sleeves together to build the full market up for the first time, bringing our community's vision to reality.   The day went off without a hitch - thanks to Red Gate for helping us with storage issues!  Much credit and gratitude to coordinator and marketplace expert extraordinaire Sarah Kristi Lone - what a dynamite member of the Groundswell team! (In pink in the photos below.)  We're here every week this summer, so please come on down!  We're here to give you - Vancouver locals who care about economic change and are curious about new things -  a new reason to visit Granville Island: come to connect with this energetic, diverse community to learn and experience new things, and imagine what a new economy could look like, together.

The Groundswell Community Marketplace is presented in partnership with:


Groundswell is partnering with Granville Island to establish a collaborative public marketplace giving early stage social ventures, makers, artists and service providers a unique opportunity to reach tens of thousands of customers every day, test new ideas, and gain exposure in a creative urban environment.  

This market is built on Groundswell's ethos of a social economy where people - regular folks who we like to call budding entrepreneurs - are creating social and environmental value for their communities by sharing their unique gifts with the world and doing business from the heart.

This is more than just market stands and displays, it's a village experience!

The 2017 Summer Market at a glance:

You can be a part of Vancouver’s first collaborative marketplace:

Get updates on the creative building process for the marketplace, volunteer opportunities, vendor opportunities and related happenings.

Our vision

This is the first stage of our vision for a breakthrough model for a social venture launchpad built on collaborative values.  It will be an ever-renewing public exhibition of young, social start-ups working for communities.  It will be a marketplace for innovation and learning and a hub of the social venture ecosystem in Vancouver and the region.


An economy valuing collaboration over competition where we help each other to build ventures that create sustainable social change and healthy communities.


A space for young people and young ideas to thrive, offering constantly transforming opportunities for meaningful interaction, experiential learning, and a true sense of belonging.


A launchpad that helps anyone find their unique gift and the confidence to create meaningful work for themselves so that they can thrive in their community.

Stay connected and follow the journey!