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Surrey Events Calendar: October 16th to October 22nd

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Surrey Events Calendar:
October 16th to October 22nd

Halloween Activities

 

1. Halloween Family Dance

There will be music, crafts for the kids, and prizes for the best costumes. Dress up and gather your friends and family for some festive fun. Register in advance to book your spot!

  • Don Christian Recreation Centre
    Friday October 20 at 6pm to 9pm
    Cost: $3.50 per person; children under 2 years are free – Register with code # 4548955
  • Fleetwood Community Centre
    Friday October 27 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm
    Cost: $5.00 – Dinner included! – Register with code # 4553384

Register Here

2. Halloween Family Fun

Halloween family fun afternoon with games, crafts and a costume parade and contest!

  • Fraser Heights Recreation Centre
    Saturday October 14 at 6pm to 8pm
    Cost: $3.50 per person; free under 2 years – Register with code # 4551391
  • South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre
    Sunday October 29 at 1 pm to 3 pm
    Cost: $3.50 per person – Register with code # 4549747

Register Here

3. 55+ Halloween Activities

Join us for a fun afternoon with live entertainment, light lunch, desserts and halloween activities! Dress up in your best costume for a chance to win a prize.

  • Guildford Recreation Centre
    Tuesday October 31 at 12:00pm to 1:45pm
    Cost: $10/Members, $15/Non-Members – Register with code # 4547477
  • Fleetwood Community Centre
    Tuesday October 31 at 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Cost: $10/Members, $15/Non-Members – Register with code # 4561377

Register Here

4. Halloween in the Forest

Dress up for some fun at Halloween in the Forest! Bring your family and friends to this indoor/outdoor event and:

  • Meet the Forest Fairy and her forest creature friends
  • Check out our “Pumpkin Path” scavenger hunt
  • Learn about bats, owls and spiders
  • Carve a pumpkin (while supplies last)
  • Enter the costume prize draw

Where: Surrey Nature Centre – Saturday October 28 at 10 am to 2 pm – Free!

5. Haunted Farm Family Day

A shadowy barn, creaky floorboards, rustling trees – visit our haunted farm if you dare! Haunted Farm Family Day shares old-time All Hallow’s Eve traditions, crafts and spooky treats.

Where: Historic Stewart Farm – Saturday October 28 at 12 pm to 3 pm – Free!

6. Halloween Howl Pool Parties

Come practice your tricks and treats with us and have a good time in the pool! There will be games and activities for everyone to enjoy. Regular admission applies.

Saturday October 28 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex
  • South Surrey Indoor Pool
  • North Surrey Indoor Pool

Sunday October 29 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Newton Recreation Centre

7. Halloween Skates in Surrey

Grab your wand or broom and head out to one of our fun haunted public skates! This spooktacular event will have fun games and a costume contest. Suitable for all ages. Regular admission applies.

  • North Surrey Arena 
    Saturday October 21 at 12 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Newton Arena 
    Sunday October 22 at 12 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Cloverdale Arena 
    Friday October 27 at 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm
  • South Surrey Arena
    Saturday October 28 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex – Arena
    Sunday October 29 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

8. Spooktacular Newton

Complete with trick-or-treating, petting zoo, kid fun zone, face painting, food trucks and a haunted train, Spooktacular Newton has something for everyone. Don’t miss the special dance performances by the Surrey Dance Company, and kickback with some popcorn in our spook theatre. And don’t forget to grab your free pumpkin by donation on your way out, all proceeds going to the Surrey Food Bank. Be sure to come in your costume!

Location: Newton Grove, 13730 72 Ave

Date & Time: October 21, 2017; Noon – 4:00 PM

Contact:
Nasrin
604-593-2294

Cost: Free

9. Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train

Each child who paid an admission will receive a treat to enjoy on the pumpkin express train as it travels through the decorated forest.

As they depart from their adventure they will be given a child size pumpkin to remember their day. (Adults and children under 2 years old do not receive pumpkins)

Location: 13750 – 88th Avenue at King George Blvd. Surrey, BC

When: October 13 6:30 PM – October 31 10:00 PM

Cost: $11.00 per person – Adult or Child (2 years old – 12 years old) including tax.

10. The Pumpkin Patch

Enjoy a hayride down to our pumpkin fields and pick out your own pumpkin, or choose from an assortment of already-picked pumpkins.

Hay wagon rides go from 10:00-6:00 on weekends, holidays and professional days, and 3:00-6:00 on weekdays throughout October.

We also have mini-pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and hay bales available for sale at the farm stand. Don’t forget your winter veggies from our general store!  Finish off your day with a visit to our cows and chickens.

TIPS FOR YOUR PUMPKIN PATCH VISIT:
  • If you want to get your pumpkin from the field, plan at least an hour for your visit.
  • We have parking available on our farm, with overflow parking on the road. But make sure to check our lot first!
  • Make sure you visit our cows and chickens – children love to see our animals up close.
  • The best time for families with young children to visit is on weekdays from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.   We find that visiting the Pumpkin Patch while things are quieter will help your toddler have a more enjoyable experience!

When: October 1 10:00 AM – October 31 6:00 PM

Location: Rondriso Farms, 8390 172 Street, Surrey, BC

11. Great Pumpkin Run Walk

Come join 1500 runners and walkers to raise money for a new all abilities, all ages playground. Have fun with Creative Kids Zone and the pancake breakfast! We’re also introducing the Peace Arch Toyota Haunted House to get you into the spooky Halloween spirit.
Date: October 22, 2017;  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
 

 

Arts:

A play: For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

This funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet play pays homage to the playwright’s colorful, down-to-earth mother. Be transported in time to five different stages of their lives together, with a bird’s-eye view of their tumultuous and loving relationship.

Running time: approximately 90 minutes, no intermission.

Location: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

Date & Time: October 18, 2017 at 8 pm

Contact:
Box Office
604-501-5566

Cost: $15

The Canada Show:

The Complete History of Canada in One Hour

Three bickering historians—one English (Alex Gullason), one French (Carly Pokoradi), and one First Nations (Frankie Cottrell)—battle to tell their version of Canadian history. With song and sketch comedy they pair pop culture references with historical happenings. It’s 60 laugh-packed minutes!

Suggested ages: 8 and up

Running time: approximately 1 hour, no intermission

Location: Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave

Date & Time: October 22, 2017 at 2 pm

Contact:
Box Office
604-501-5566

Cost: $15

Guildford Jazz Festival 2017

Featuring many UK and international acts, the event will create a vibe reminiscent of something between the Cork Jazz festival Ireland and London’s South Bank.

The Guildford Jazz Festival 2017 will be the first of a new annual event set in Guildford in collaboration with Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford.

The festival will be a mixture of traditional and contemporary jazz, as well as both gospel and new talent showcases from Guildford itself and all around the UK. Guildford Jazz Festival will engage the local community as a whole, and providing a mix of both free public entertainment and ticketed events that will be suitable for the whole family and various generations of music lovers. It will utilise various locations across the town, including the notable landmarks such the Tunsgate Arch, Guildford Castle, the cobbled High Street and the newly re-furbished Village Guildford.

Box Office: Guildford Tourist Information Centre
Opening Times:  Monday – Saturday 9.30-17:00
155 High Street Guildford, Surrey

When: October 20th – 22nd

Website: Guildford Jazz Festival Info

Community:

School’s Out Activities

Date & Time: October 20, 2017; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Contact: 604-501-5100

School’s out on Friday, October 20! Plan ahead and keep your kids active and busy for the day. We have a variety of ways to keep kids entertained with our city-wide School’s Out Fun Zone, activities at our pools and arenas, or a Discovery Day at Surrey Nature Centre.

Fun Zone

Camps include age appropriate programming for children ages 6 to 12 years. Activities include sports, arts, crafts, music, dance and games. Please check with the recreation facility in your community for specific details. Camp Connections are available for extended camp hours.

All Fun Zone camps run from 9 am to 3 pm and cost $30.50.

  • Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre
    Registration Code: 4553286
  • Don Christian Recreation Centre
    Registration Code: 4542570
  • Fraser Heights Recreation Centre
    Registration Code: 4551066
  • Guildford Recreation Centre
    Registration Code: 4553101
  • Newton Recreation Centre
    Registration Code: 4551019
  • South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre
    Registration Code: 4549092

Register Here

Kids Who Cook

The pantry is open! Kids will learn to create a variety of healthy and fun foods and make their own receipe book. This School’s Out activity is for kids ages 6 to 12, runs from 9am to 3pm and costs $45.25.

Bridgeview Community Centre
Registration Code: 4550600

Register Here

Art Adventure

Have an art-filled day off school! Create amazing artworks and artifacts with instructors who are experienced art educators and practicing artists. This camp is for kids ages 6 to 11 years and costs $47.75.

Surrey Arts Centre
9 am to 3 pm
Registration Code: 4552306

Register Here

Spooktacular

Spend the day with your fellow witches and wizards as you make scary decorations, get your fortune told and create a potion to enjoy with spooky treats. This camp is for kids ages 6 to 12 years and costs $33.00.

Historic Stewart Farm
9 am to 3 pm
Registration Code: 4551787

Register Here

BC Growth Opportunities Tour

Companies like IBM will be in Surrey on October 20th and they’re looking for BC tech solutions to their business challenges. Come hear more about what these companies are looking for and network with peers, potential customers and influencers.

Location: Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

Date & Time: October 20, 2017; 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Contact: marketing@bcic.ca

Cost: Free

Website: BC Growth Opportunities Tour

Parks and Environment:

Bulbs for Beauty Community Plantings

Drop by and help plant flower bulbs to brighten one of Surrey’s parks for spring! Everyone is welcome to these free community planting events. Events run rain or shine. Tools provided. Bring a mug for hot chocolate after the planting.

Locations:

  • Bryan Place Park – 8969 King George Boulevard (Friday, October, 20th; 11 am – 1 pm)
  • Forsyth Park – 10632 139 Street (Saturday, October, 28th; 11 am – 2 pm)
  • Queen Elizabeth Meadows – 9400 134 Street (Friday, October, 30th; 2 am – 4 pm)

Cost: Free

Grand Opening:

Forsyth Park

Come out and celebrate the official opening of Surrey City Centre’s newest park. Drop by to get this know this special place and:

  • Explore the new TD Nature Play Area
  • Enjoy family-friendly entertainment
  • Walk your dog in Surrey’s newest dog off-leash area
  • Go on a scavenger hunt (and enter a prize draw)
  • Plant a tree

Location: Forsyth Park, 10635 140 St

Date & Time: October 28, 2017; 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Contact: 
604-502-6065
environment@surrey.ca

Cost: Free

 

Tree to Our Nature Canada 150 Celebration

Come celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a tree planting ceremony at the Ocean Park Community Orchard. Our stewardship committee, with the support of Parks staff, is hosting a public event that will feature a dedication ceremony, lots of hands-on activities, refreshments, and bulb planting all made possible by Tree Canada, Canadian National Railway, and the Government of Canada.

Location: Ocean Park Community Orchard, 12815 22 Ave

Date & Time: October 21, 2017; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Contact:
604-501-5050
opcommunityorchard@gmail.com

Cost: Free

Website: Facebook Event Page

Business:

Surrey Newcomer Employment Week

Surrey Newcomer Employment Week – Surrey NEW – will take place from October 21 to October 27, 2017 with over 35 events throughout the city.

Events include:

  • Career fairs
  • Mock interview sessions
  • Open houses
  • Skills training workshops

The goal of Surrey NEW is to provide more opportunities for face-to-face connections between employers and newcomer job seekers. The initiative is organized by Surrey LIP in collaboration with 20 community partners. Check out the Surrey NEW calendar of events for full event details.

Cost: Free

Website: Surrey NEW

Surrey International Writers’ Conference

The Conference starts on Friday October 20 and ends on Sunday October 22.

Friday – October 20th

  • Friday Workshops
  • Lunch (Full conference passes and day passes)
  • Evening Banquet (Full conference passes) with Keynote speech and award presentations. Costumes optional.
  • Friday Night Owl event – Slade’s Shock Theatre 10

Saturday – October 21st

  • Saturday Workshops
  • Mystery presenter lunch (Full conference passes and day passes)
  • Author Book Signing Event
  • Evening Banquet (Full conference passes) with Keynote speech and Gala. Formal dress optional.
  • Saturday Night Owl event – SFU-sponsored open mic event

Sunday – October 22nd

  • Sunday Workshops
  • Lunch (Full conference passes and day passes) with Keynote speech and Silly Writing Contest Winners announced
  • Workshops

Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel – 15269 104th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia
Telephone: 604-582-9288

Tickets: Buy Here

 

Alie Slabenko is a local writer and poet passionate about human rights. She recently completed the New Media Journalism Program at Simon Fraser University. She also holds a Masters in Tax Crimes from Russia and PDD in Marketing from Douglas College in Vancouver. Alie has volunteered for the YVR airport magazine as a creative contributor and written several travel and lifestyle articles for an online Russian magazine. She is a traveler by heart and has visited Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, China, and the USA. In her free time Alie likes to paint, take photographs, write poems, and manage her social justice oriented website. Alie is a human rights advocate who seeks to serve people through her journalistic skills focusing on racism, transgender rights, women rights, and human trafficking.

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Internationally awarded youth led Surrey based organization puts on successful online conference in-spite of COVID

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Pre-COVID Spark group photo

SPARK Foundation Canada has hosted their, first of many, fully virtual conference Leaders Today! SPARK foundation is a non-profit organization made up of 16-23 year old leaders empowering the next generation through in person, and online life education: workshops, camps and community programs. They also work towards accomplishing the United Nations sustainable development goals: Quality Education, Sustainable Cities & Communities, Climate Action and Peace Justice and Strong Institutions!

The live event took place on Sunday November 15, with guest speakers Anjali Dhaliwal and Abhay Sachal. The audience hailed from all over the lower mainland ranging from students as young as 13 to 21.

Sarah Cheng, Volunteer Engagement Lead & Srusti Subash, Marketing Lead along with the efforts of Rochelle Prasad, CEO/ Co-Founder of SPARK Foundation, have meticulously organised this conference for youth in High School and University. It centered around an idea to inspire youth to engage in their communities amidst the pandemic despite the restrictions imposed on traditional volunteering opportunities.

Anjali Dhaliwal, CEO of Youth Helping Youth, was the first speaker introducing the importance of personal branding. She spoke intimately of personal experiences that led to her growth and success encouraging the conference attendees to explore new things and find their passion.

Abhay Sachal, spoke about his journey to the Arctic that incited the urge to create an international organization advocating for climate justice where he became Co-Founder of Break The Divide. Through various activities connecting with their audience, both speakers were exceptional in delivering their thoughts and empowering those watching.

The conference ran for 2 and a half hours with a fun activity midway through where participants were placed in breakout sessions and given the prompt: if your team owned a cookie shop, what would they name it? This activity brought about a variety of responses developed from imaginative or analytical points of view.

When the audience was asked what they thought of the event, responses were overwhelmingly positive. Viewers spoke on how the conference impacted them where they’ve realised “Climate change has inequitable impacts on marginalized and minority communities. Leadership requires truly genuine passion for building a better community, nation, and world because we want to make everything better than how we found it.”

Aside from this conference, SPARK Foundation has provided youth across Canada volunteering opportunities through their General Ambassador Program which focuses on media and marketing, a skill set that has become extremely important to this generation.

SPARK Foundation has also contributed to their communities by organizing several Covid Relief Projects by delivering over 300 care packages of essential items to low income families and over 200 meals to essential workers in Surrey, BC.

For future events or more information visit www.sparkfoundation.ca

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2020 Vancouver Queer Film Festival Shifts to Digital Platform

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Out On Screen Announces Interim Executive Director, Festival Dates, Gala Films, & Creative Design Tickets on Sale July 13 at queerfilmfestival.ca

(Vancouver, B.C.) – Out On Screen is proud to present a virtual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) this summer from Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 23, 2020. Announced today, VQFF and Out On Screen as a whole will be guided by the leadership of new Interim Executive Director, Brandon Yan. Brandon has served as Out On Screen’s Deputy Executive Director and was previously the Director of Education for Out In Schools.

“I am more than delighted to continue to be of service to Out On Screen and the communities I so deeply care about,” says Yan. “In times like these, the importance of art and storytelling is even more apparent. We must remain committed to being a platform to uplift and celebrate the LGBT2Q+ stories at the margins.”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival has adapted to an online format in order to offer at-home audiences the best in independent queer cinema along with workshops, artist Q&As, panels, parties and – most importantly – the feeling of gathering with friends and kin.

Out On Screen is working hard to ensure this year’s Festival is accessible and safe for community members who are immunocompromised or part of another vulnerable sector. Tickets for VQFF 2020 will be available to the public on July 13 at www.queerfilmfestival.ca. Tickets range in price from $10 to $14 with a special COVID19 access pricing ranging from $2-$5.

Curated by Artistic Director, Anoushka Ratnarajah, the theme of this year’s Festival is “Still Here”. “VQFF is on this August, and will feature films and interdisciplinary programming from queer filmmakers and artists whose work shows the many ways we fight for the fullness of our lives, for what and who we love, and for our shared futures,” says Ratnarajah. “Our theme this year is ‘Still Here’, because our survival is an inevitable miracle. Nothing can stop us from taking root; we will always reach for the light and sky.”

Illuminating and celebrating LGBTQ2+ lives in all their dimensions and complexity, VQFF is Vancouver’s second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. Welcoming its presenting sponsor RBC once again, this year’s Festival will open on August 13th with a soon to be announced Opening Gala film and a virtual celebration of our local queer community.

The Festival’s Centrepiece Gala film is Lingua Franca, an ambitious feature film that follows a trans Filipina migrant as she navigates being undocumented in a Trump-era America. The film is written, directed by and stars trans actress Isabel Sandoval, who will join audiences virtually to discuss the film in a digital Q&A.

VQFF will once again feature a variety of youth focused programming, including a Youth Gala screening of the inspirational documentary Changing The Game, which follows three boundary-breaking young trans athletes changing the face of sports in their communities and across the United States.

The Festival will continue to celebrate B.C.’s most standout emerging and established filmmakers with Festival favourite, The Coast is Queer – an evening dedicated to local talent. Finally, this year’s VQFF will close with the heartwarming queer Muslim romantic comedy, Breaking Fast, directed by Mike Mosallam.

The 2020 VQFF program will be available online at www.queerfilmfestival.ca on July 13, 2020.

For more information, please visit the following platforms:

Website: www.queerfilmfestival.ca
Instagram: www.instagram.com/queerfilmfest
Facebook: www.facebook.com/VancouverQFF
Twitter: www.twitter.com/queerfilmfest (#VQFF2020)

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3 Way to Celebrate Father’s Day this weekend!

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OPTION 1

Why not crack a cold one & fire up the grill with dad, and serve up a feast with Stanley Park Brewing’s do-it-yourself BBQ Kit? They’ll prep all the ingredients and you’ll do all the cookin’. And they’ve partnered with Filson to add a little something to keep your dad’s beer cold on Father’s Day. Receive one insulated stainless-steel can cooler with your kit. *While supplies last.

Order your Father’s Day BBQ Kit here: https://stanleyparkbrewstore.com/products/fathers-day-bbq-kit-with-filson-gift. Kits are available for 2, 4, and 6 people. Depending on the size of kit, you will receive a mix of the following at different quantities: lemon and herb marinated chicken, 8oz steaks, burgers with all the fixings (6 person kit only), Sunsetter baked beans, child lime roasted corn, sweet potato salad, coleslaw, and homemade cornbread.

Finish off your order by adding on a 6-pack of your choice. Our recommended beer pairing would be Stanley Park Brewing’s new Waypoint Hazy Pale Ale!

Note: All orders must be placed by 3pm on Wednesday, June 17th. Packages are available for pick-up at Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant & Brewpub on Saturday, June 20th or Sunday, June 21st.

OPTION 2

Looking to take Dad out to celebrate? The Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewpub will be having a special dine-in only Father’s Day Feast Menu for $38 per person. You can also add a pint of flight of your choice for only $5.75 (happy hour pricing)! The menu includes: Pretzel with spicy mustard and Noble Pilsner beer cheese, half a pound of Chicken Wings, Halibut n Chips with coleslaw, and a Cheesecake by The Cheesecake Factory Bakery for dessert.

OPTION 3

Want to give Dad some TLC?

Filson and Fortknight Barbers, two Gastown staples, have teamed up to help you give dad a gift he’s going to love. We all need a little TLC as we re-enter the world after our little time-out and what better way than with a stylish professional haircut and a brand new Button up shirt. On top of that a very special gift from Stanley Park Brewing.

Here’s how it works:

01. Dad books a time for a haircut with Fortknight Barbers. Capacity is limited due to safety protocols, so please book this appointment first. Fortknight Barbers | 46 Alexander St | 604-620-7930

02. Call Filson to schedule a private shopping time either before or after your cut. They have set up the space in the back of the store just for private shopping and a sanitized fitting room will be reserved for you. Filson | 47 Water St |604-689-1836

03. Your shirt, along with any other purchases, will be steamed for sanitization and packaged along with your special gift of a 6-pack of Waypoint Hazy Pale Ale from Stanley Park Brewing. You can either take it with you from Filson, or they will deliver it to you at Fortknight once you’ve been all cleaned up.

This package is $140 including all taxes and is available for purchase through either the Filson or Fortknight Barbers locations. They will provide you with a certificate at time of purchase that will need to be presented at each establishment to redeem. While the Filson location will be open only for curbside pickup prior to Father’s Day, you can call ahead and pay for it and then they will hand you the certificate at the front door when you arrive, or they can mail it to you if you prefer.

This package is a great way to treat yourself, a friend, a dad or any guy you know that just needs a little pampering. Quantities are limited, so please order today.

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The Punjabi Market Goes Virtual for its 50th Anniversary

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  • May 31st, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Vancouver’s Punjabi Market
  • The Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective presents “PM50” on May 31st
  • “PM50” will be a virtual celebration, streamed on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram
  • The Punjabi Market Regeneration is a registered nonprofit organization that seeks to revitalize the Punjabi Market in Vancouver thus facilitating opportunities for cultural belonging and also economic success for business owners

Vancouver, B.C.​ – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Punjabi Market, The ​Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective​ presents “PM50”, taking place virtually on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube on Sunday, May 31st, 2020. Hosted by Hockey Night in Punjabi’s Amrit Gill, the livestream will feature an interview with the Market’s first shop owner, Mr. Sucha Singh Claire, and performances by Shaan-e-Punjab, Nachiye, and Amarjeet and Baljit Singh.

The Punjabi Market runs along Main Street, from 49th to 51st, and is the oldest “Little India” in North America. In 1983, the Punjabi Market became home to the world’s first set of street signs written in Punjabi script outside of India. Michael Lee, MLA for Vancouver-Langara opined that “[the] Punjabi Market is an important part of the historical and cultural history of both the city of Vancouver and of my riding, Vancouver-Langara.

Since the first store opened in 1971, the Punjabi Market has been considered a place to support cultural identity as is demonstrated every year by the sheer number of upwards of 100,000 attendees at the annual Vaisakhi Parade through the Punjabi Market.”

The 50th Anniversary celebration will include an online shopping portal that aims to support business owners with recovery following the economic impact of the pandemic. In addition, the celebration includes a piece of public art by PMRC Creative Director, Jag Nagra, that will be unveiled closer to the date of the celebration. The event is a collaboration between the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective, South Asian Arts Society, Indian Summer Arts Society, 5X Festival, Daily Hive, Westcoast Foundation, and the City of Vancouver.

PM50 Details

Date: ​May 31st, 2020
Time: 7:10 – 7:40 PM
Location: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube

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City of Surrey to host virtual Canada Day Celebration

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Surrey, B.C. – The City of Surrey has announced Surrey Canada Day will be hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will take place on July 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the kid’s and senior’s segment, and regular programming from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube Live.

“While the safety of our community is the top priority during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to celebrate this great country of ours,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey will have its annual Canada Day celebration, but this year we will be coming together virtually.

Hosted by a true Canadian icon, Hayley Wickenheiser, and featuring nationally recognized musical artists from BC such as Colin James, Bif Naked and 54-40, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will be an opportunity to safely celebrate and show our national pride on Canada’s birthday.”

Hosted by four-time Olympic gold medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser, this year’s free family-friendly virtual event will feature a series of segments including, musical entertainment, virtual tours, indigenous and cultural acts, a “Family Hour” for kids and seniors, dance lessons, a rodeo tribute, and a virtual firework finale to end the night.

The livestream will feature musical performances by local Surrey artists and Canadian groups including Colin James, 54-40, Bif Naked, Toque, Said the Whale, and Madeline Merlo.

The broadcast will pay tribute to those affected by COVID-19 and honour the courageous local frontline health care workers and essential service providers. Additionally, Virtual Surrey Canada Day is working alongside corporate sponsors to raise $10,000 for the Surrey Food Bank to support the City’s vulnerable population.

“Although it will look a bit different this year, Coast Capital is delighted to support Virtual Surrey Canada Day.” said Maureen Young, Director, Community Leadership, Coast Capital Savings. “In this unique time, it is absolutely essential that we find innovative ways to continue to nurture a strong relationship with our friends, families and our wider community.

This virtual celebration offers us all a chance to come together in a new way to celebrate our diversity and our pride in our nation while still focusing on keeping everyone safe and healthy.”

The City recognizes the impact the current pandemic and physical distancing measures may have during the summer event season. Residents are encouraged to continue to connect with each other online to limit the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. The City of Surrey is working closely with the Fraser Health Authority, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor and to respond to the current COVID-19 situation.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

For more information, visit surrey.ca/canadaday

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