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Write Here, Read Now: A Special Day for Writers and Readers



Write Here Read Now
A Special Day For Writers and Readers

Happening at City Centre Library

Call 604-598-7426 or register in library
to save your spot, or for more information.

Schedule of Events

10.00 AM – 12.00 PM : Writing Workshops

Space is limited for these free workshops. Please call to register, 604-598-7426.

  • Fiction Writing Workshop: Prompts and Sentences by Michael Hetherington. 20 spots available.
  • One Passport. Many Stories by Ursula Maxwell-Lewis. 30 spots available.

12.00 – 2.00 PM : Local Author Meet Up and Social!

Join our local authors and learn about their projects. Discover local writing groups and other resources. Local writers attending will include Jeff Beamish, author of Sneaker Wave; Sandy Chernoff, author of 5 Secrets to Effective Communication; Trudy Davies, author of Butterfly Dreams; Rene DeFazio and Tamara Veitch, authors of One Great Year; Phinder Dulai, author of dream/arteries; Kevin Gebert, author of Financial Fotographs: how to talk to your family about money; Debbie Holmes, author of How to Help Others Without Losing Yourself; Evelyn Lazare, author of The Ladies Who Still Don’t Lunch; Judy McFarlane, author of Writing with Grace: A journey beyond Down Syndrome; Rahela Nayebzadah, author of Jeegareh Ma; Renee Sarojini Saklikar, author of Children of Air India: Un/authorized exhibits and interjections; Lorna Suzuki, author of The Imago Chronicles; Nia Suzuki-White, co-author of The Dream Merchant Saga with Lorna Suzuki; and Tom Zytaruk, author of Like a Rock: the Chuck Cadman story.

2.00 – 4:00 PM : Authors Among Us

Meet authors who use historical events to create fictional worlds or share narrative experiences during “History Writes: Inspired and Remembered”. Read more about the panelists

Writing Workshop Details

Fiction Writing Workshop: Prompts and Sentences.

Learn the seductive pleasure of cumulative syntax in sentence writing! We’ll spend some time writing during the workshop using prompts from The Archive Carpet (participants will receive a free copy). Bring some of your own writing to work with.

About Michael Hetherington

Michael Hetherington has bachelors degrees from Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia and a masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. His published books to date include The Archive Carpet (Passfield Press, 2012), The Playing Card (Passfield Press, 2013), Halving the Orange (Passfield Press, 2014), and Hooked (Passfield Press, 2014). It was just announced that Halving the Orange is a finalist in the literary fiction category in the ForeWord Reviews 2014 Book of the Year Awards. He has a son and daughter and lives in North Vancouver.

Find Michael’s books in the library catalogue

One Passport. Many Stories. 

Wondering how to get your adventures into print? Writer and photographer Ursula Maxwell-Lewis will inspire you to tell your travel tales, improve your photography, and, with luck, get paid for your efforts. We’ll talk about the magic of travel — local and international. Is travel blogging worthwhile? How can social media help profile you? We’ll discuss newspapers vs magazines versus books. What about Meetups? We’ve got a lot of ground to cover. Bring your questions, photos, books, and enthusiasm. Together, we’ll take-off…literally. Our hashtag: #TravelWriteRead

About Ursula Maxwell-Lewis

Ursula Maxwell-Lewis is a former South African journalist. She has worked as a writer, photographer, and public relations professional in Africa, Britain, and Canada for major publications and various airlines, including Air Canada. In 1996 she established a community newspaper which was bought by Black Press News Group in 2008. She is Director Emeritus of the award-winning Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Co-chair of the Society of American Travel Writers (BC chapter), and served the Travel Media Association of Canada nationally and provincially, and is a freelance writer and photographer. Find Ursula on Twitter @YouTravel and on Instagram as UrsulaTravels

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#Liveoffthefloor concerts feature Surrey bands getting back to live



#liveoffthefloor concerts feature Surrey bands with nowhere else to play

The Longest Intermission – Getting musicians back into the swing of performing their new music and fans a chance to experience it.

With the support of the Province of British Columbia and the City of Surrey , Penmar Community Arts Society (Penmar), is launching The Longest Intermission, a virtual concert mini-series featuring local bands recorded live off the floor in Ocean Park Community Hall.

Since covid has shut down live music for over a year, bands have struggled to make a living, but continue to create and put out new material. The Longest Intermission gives bands the chance to rehearse in preparation for a return to touring and share it with fans through livestreaming.

Each band receives a copy of the professionally produced audio and video files that they can use to promote themselves and apply for other performance opportunities, both during and post covid. Each performance will be marketed to fans and potential fans throughout BC and livestreamed as a special event.

The Longest Intermission features two bands – Sleepy Gonzales and Brass Camel – all musicians that originated from Surrey or still live there.

The rehearsal will be produced, marketed and streamed as two virtual special events by Penmar with Partner Tradable Bits , who has sponsored us with use of their state-of-the-art marketing and streaming platform as a way to support emerging musicians.

The project received additional support from Long & McQuade (White Rock) that supplied lights for the production, Face The Music that is sponsoring each band with a video marketing package, and Music Lottery who is also providing financial support.

The goal with these special events is to work with the bands to promote their latest music which they created while unable to perform during covid. We are able to stream into communities that the bands are currently unable to tour to, with an opportunity of reaching new audiences.

Live from the Floor special event broadcasts take place on May 1st and May 8th and will feature a video of the Ocean Park Hall performance and a chance to interact with the bands.

Accessible for everyone.  Registration is required and there are free tickets available and paid options to support the musicians in this series and bringing back live!

Event Information and link to register –

Sleepy Gonzales video “aliens exist” –

Brass Camel video “Pressure Cooker” –


Dione Costanzo

Event and Marketing Specialist

Operations Manager, Penmar Community Arts Society

About Penmar

Office – 604-535-1162

Cell – 604-817-1526

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Help Canadian Artists Get Played



Canadian musicians have a great opportunity to get radio play right here in Vancouver. Mary Kirk of Durham Radio has applied for a Vancouver license. With a new, local radio station artists will have a greater range of options to be heard, played, and paid for their music.

Durham Radio needs our help to get their application accepted. I’m reaching out to all musicians to send a letter of support for Durham Radio’s application.

Here is a message from  Mary and Doug Kirk:

Dear members of our Wave artist family,

We at Durham Radio Inc. have applied for a new FM license to broadcast The Wave on 98.3FM in the heart of Vancouver, Canada’s second-largest English-speaking market and a perfect backdrop for Canada’s Smoothest Groove!

Our application was publicly posted Monday, March 22nd on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s site (CRTC).  In order to be successful, we now need huge public support, especially from our wonderful Wave family of artists.   We hope you will add your own letter of support, documenting your past experiences with The Wave and with us personally, emphasizing our commitment to our artists, especially our Canadian vocalists and instrumentalists. If you have a personal story that will illustrate the impact the Wave has had on your career in the music industry, we would so appreciate your sharing it with the Commission.

Please begin your letter with a clear statement of support for our application.   Then explain why you think that our “Smooth Groove” format would be a welcome addition to the Vancouver market. You may have some thoughts beyond the obvious arguments that we’ll be adding diversity of choice for listeners and a new fresh sound, primarily from artists who do not get played on any other stations in Canada. Our dedication to live music around town and major show production will of course continue, once attending concerts is allowed again!

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your efforts to make “Vancouver’s Smoothest Groove” a reality!  Our West Coast Wave will play an even balance of instrumental and vocal music and will be 40% Canadian in content. We are eager to get all our artists back on FM radio in Canada and introduced them to so many new fans.

With your help, we hope to be able to report on a favourable CRTC decision by late summer.

To mail your support: CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2 To fax your support please send to 819-994-0218 for further instructions contact Cat Levan at


Many thanks for your support,


Cat Levan



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Clubhouse App Everything You Need To Know About The Social Media Phenomenon | X-Byte Enterprise Solutions



here you will understand what clubhouse social media mobile app is all about, how this clubhouse drop in audio chat app is different, what happens in the rooms, & many more. let us deep dive into what goes into the clubhouse app development cost blog for better understanding.


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2009 successful fight to keep road out of Bear Creek Park breached by present Safe Surrey Councillors



The Mayor and Council, City of Surrey, B.C., at meeting Monday, February 22/21passed 5-4—an amendment to the 10-year plan and project #7065 (84th Avenue through Bear Creek Park)—to be fast-tracked to give 84th Avenue extension through Bear Creek Park a 2-year priority.

Clrs Pettigrew, Locke, Hundial and Annis questions:

  • the successful 2009 community fight to keep 84th Avenue from going through the south end of Bear Creek Park
  • community opposition in the past to the environmental impact on the two Class A red-listed salmonid creeks (“Bear Creek” at about 13720 and “King Creek” at about 13800)
How could Surrey Councillor Guerra justify her voting to put the road through Bear Creek Park, by stating at the February 22nd council meeting that she believes this project is not cutting down any trees?
Has she and her fellow SSC councillors (who made the  5-4 decision) ever walked the area?  Has she seen the fish spawn in the two red-listed creeks? Has she heard the owls?  Seen the raptors? Enjoyed the quiet of this undeveloped portion of the park?
We pay our mayor and councillors to make informed decisions, not to just vote en bloc.
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Startup Program by X-Byte Enterprise Solutions in CANADA



X-Byte is launching its super-exclusive StartUp Accelerator program to help and guide all the aspiring business owners out there to scale their operations and grow their venture in 2021.

It’s a one-of-a-kind supercharger program conceived and developed by X-Byte Enterprise Solutions to boost the nation’s entrepreneurial spirit. We are open to up to 25 startups to teach, guide, assist, mentor and share everything we know about running a successful business in this current day and age. Our Program walks every selected entrepreneurial candidate through the following essential modules.


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