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BareTalk TV: New unfiltered entertainment show comes to Metro Vancouver

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I am Blake Sebastian, the founder and creator of “BareTalk TV.” A fast and informative Canadian news and entertainment channel on Facebook and YouTube created for millennials who want to stay informed while on the go. “BareTalk TV” was created to accommodate the demand by millennials for entertaining and educational content that isn’t filtered. It takes a stand for creatives who are tired of being monitored, journalists who want to showcase their individuality and opinions without being censored, and viewers who seek truth and transparency with a side of humour.

As someone who has worked professionally in media for seven years, I’ve realized a number of things. Things most people don’t want to or don’t care to talk about. I first got involved in media at the age of 17. I dabbled in the world of broadcasting and was involved on-air for a number of publications. I completed my Journalism diploma at the age of 20 and have mostly worked in post-production since then.

I’ve met a lot of people with influence: journalists, and local and national celebrities. I’ve met a lot of them and I’ve interviewed a lot of them. I am also friends with many journalists. I’ve seen the same trend over and over again: public figures who have to act a certain way to keep their job. Certain public figures that can’t share their opinions on their social media over fear they’ll get fired. This is especially true for journalists – after all, they have to be unbiased, right?

Journalists have to be poised and “proper.” It’s part of their job to be that way. They portray an image of being “perfect,” meanwhile many of them on Saturday nights will get drunk and puke on the floor just like any other average Joe would. Trust me, many of these people aren’t “proper” outside of business hours and while away from the cameras. And none of them are unbiased – they all have strong opinions over EVERYTHING and I’ve heard some good rants.

I recall several conversations with journalists and creatives who have felt frustrated because they can’t be themselves, or god forbid they make an opinionated tweet over a political news story that would get their boss on their ass for having a mind of their own. I too in the past have felt I couldn’t express my thoughts. For some time I also found myself on the other side of the microphone, being interviewed. I’ve been interviewed by both local and very large publications.

Even then, I filtered out about 50 percent of my actual opinions over fear that that wasn’t what the media wanted from me or not what people wanted to hear. Yes, I’ve given interviews where I have filtered out strong opinions of mine because “you gotta give people what they want.” Well, I am at a point where I am tired. I am tired of the filtering nature of media. I am tired of not being able to express my thoughts how I’ve wanted to. And I am tired of seeing others feel the same way. That’s why I’ve created “BareTalk TV.”

A place where professionals in media can meet and talk, and say whatever the fuck they want to say. A place where people can be candid and be themselves. A place where you can find humour, realness and witty insights, from Bare, unfiltered minds.

Follow BareTalk TV on Facebook, Youtube and BareTalkTV.com 

Blake Sebastian entered the Film and Television industry at the age of 17. Now in his mid-twenties, he has been involved in radio, lifestyle/reality TV shows and factual docu-series. Blake has been involved in over a dozen different shows and holds a two-year diploma in Broadcast Journalism from BCIT.

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Celebrate Virtually with the Fort Langley Jazz and Art Festival

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 Interactive online fest “brings home the joy of jazz”  September 4 – 5

Necessity is the mother of invention, and so the annual Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival has found a fun, safe way to return for Summer 2020 – and, in the process, reach more people than ever before! This year’s festival will look very different than in previous years.

Restrictions on public gatherings have led to the creation of a virtual festival with two nights and one day of virtual programming from Friday, September 4 to Saturday, September 5, bringing artists together with audiences from across Western Canada.

Streaming on the festival’s Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and website, the festival will feature more than a dozen live-streamed and pre-recorded concert performances of exclusive world-class jazz, blues, gospel, and soul acts – all of them free to view.

This year’s festival includes a strolling Mardi Gras-style parade, a virtual art walk, salsa dance lessons, virtual dance parties, live interactive hosting, conversations with artists, community profiles, and more.

 ALL-STAR BLUES SHOW

Host Jim Byrnes welcomes blues-rocker Taylor James, the queen of blues, Dalannah Gail Bowen, and Tom Lavalin & The Legendary Powder Blues, who will be performing a live-streamed ticketed concert on Friday, September 4 at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the live-streamed performance are $19.50, with a very limited number of in-person concert tickets also available for purchase here.

MIMOSA QUINTET, LAILA BIALI TRIO & SIOBHAN WALSH: TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN

Vancouver quintet Mimosa – widely renowned for their stunning blend of jazz, Brazilian samba, cabaret, and French ’60s pop will open the show, followed by Juno award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and jazz pianist, Laila Biala. The final act will be powerhouse R&B vocalist Siobhan Walsh, who will perform A Tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. This concert live-streams Saturday, September 5 at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the live-streamed performance are $19.50, with a very limited number of in-person concert tickets available for purchase here.

INTERACTIVE SALSA DANCE PARTY

Visit any of the festival’s social channels to view a free salsa dance lesson led by Roger Chen of Vancouver’s Salsastudio. Then, on Saturday, Sept. 5, during a performance by acclaimed world/Latin band Mazacote, everyone will be invited to turn on their phone, join in with the salsa dancing, and share in a “moment of joy” to be heard and seen across the community.

**CONTEST** HOST YOUR OWN BACKYARD FESTIVAL

This year’s virtual festival is the next best thing to “being there.” But why not make it even better by inviting friends over and having a small festival gathering at home? To make the most of the virtual celebrations, the festival has put together these helpful tips for at-home hosting for the ultimate backyard jazz festival so you and your friends can celebrate safely. Host a small, intimate party for your closest friends and family while staying safe, having fun, and enjoying the music!

Better still, nominate yourself on the festival’s social channels for your chance to win a Backyard Festival prize pack. This festival prize pack includes everything you need to host an intimate backyard celebration watch party for your closest friends and family. Win a night to remember by filling out the contest entry form here. Prize details can be found on the linked page!

Contest Requirements

Fill out the contest entry form here

  • Must be 19+ to enter
  • Must be able to pick-up the prize from the Fort Langley Area
  • Winner must be able to host the backyard festival on either September 4th or 5th.

Follow @FortLangleyJazzFest on Instagram and FortLangleyJazzandArtsFestival on Facebook to be the first to know about the festival.

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City of Surrey to host virtual Surrey Fusion Festival livestream and interactive cultural video series

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Surrey, B.C. | In participation with Culture Days, Surrey Fusion Festival will host a 90-minute livestream followed by a four-week interactive cultural video series on social media.

Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the livestream will take place on September 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube Live. The interactive video series will be hosted on the City of Surrey’s event social media accounts from September 25 to October 25, 2020.

“While we all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19, the City will be celebrating Surrey’s diversity with a one-of-a-kind virtual multicultural event,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey Fusion Fest will go virtual this year, so join us to discover traditional food, art and music from cultures across the globe from the comfort of your home.”

This year’s family-friendly livestream will feature a series of segments including cultural performances, musical entertainment, art lessons, Surrey history, Indigenous education, dance lessons, cooking segments and kids’ activities. The interactive video series will feature up to 30 educational videos including “how-to” cooking, dance, arts and crafts activities from participating cultural pavilions from previous years.

Additionally, the video series will see participation from the City of Surrey’s Museum, Heritage and Performing Arts Centres. “We are thrilled to welcome back Coast Capital Savings as the Presenting Sponsor of Surrey Fusion Festival’s virtual celebrations,” said Councillor Laurie Guerra, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. “We are thankful for their continuous support over the years; without their contributions this event would not be possible.”

Culture Days is an annual Canadian national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. This year the celebrations run from September 25 to October 25, 2020.

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Feed Your Inner Artist with Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Takeout Courses!

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Surrey, BC – Explore your creativity this summer with Surrey Art Gallery’s new Art Takeout courses. These six-week hands-on, interactive programs are a fun way for all to try new mediums and artistic techniques at home. Participants pick up their course materials from Surrey Art Gallery, and each box includes art supplies, links to video lessons, and the opportunity to join in a live online session, to share artwork created.

There are two Art Takeout courses to choose from. Drawing in the Field focuses on learning and practicing drawing skills, including en plein air (in the open air drawing), art journaling, sketching, blind contour, multiple perspectives, and more! This six-week course, led by artist educator Alexandra Thomson, runs from July 20 to August 24, costs $15.

Hand Building with Clay! reimagines the sculptural possibilities of clay. Inspired by contemporary ceramic art, participants learn a variety of techniques including pinch, coil, and slab construction, as well as surface pattern techniques with artist educator Amelia Butcher. This six-week course runs from July 27 to August 31 and the $35 cost includes firing and glazing as well.

“For all ages and abilities, Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Takeout courses invite you to try new artmaking techniques while having fun with family and friends during the summer,” says Alanna Edwards, Surrey Art Gallery Engagement Facilitator. “It’s a way to still feel connected to each other and the artmaking community during this time.”

“I love the feeling of being outside, with the sky, the earth, and all the plants,” says Drawing in the Field artist educator Alexandra Thomson. “Drawing outside is an amazing feeling. I feel connected to the thing I’m drawing. It’s a really careful observation that has an almost meditative quality.”

Art Takeout boxes can be picked up from July 13 for Drawing in in the Field and July 20 for Hand Building with Clay at Surrey Art Gallery. To register for either program, phone the Call Centre at 604 501 5100, or sign up online at surrey.ca/artgallery.

About Surrey Art Gallery | Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery, located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey, is the second largest public art museum in Metro Vancouver. Founded in 1975, the Gallery presents contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, including digital and audio art.

Its extensive public programs for children through to adults aim to engage the public in an ongoing conversation about issues and ideas that affect our communities and to provide opportunities to interact with artists and the artistic process. Admission is free. Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, Province of BC through BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Surrey Art Gallery Association.

In response to the temporary closure of our exhibition and artmaking spaces, Surrey Art Gallery presents Art Together, a series of online programs that explore art and artists in the community, spark the imagination, and celebrate the ways that art can impact our lives. Although the Surrey Arts Centre is temporarily closed, Surrey Art Gallery is open online. Visit us virtually, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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Stewart Farm to Offer Guided Outdoor Tours

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A New Way to Experience the Heritage Site

Surrey, BC – Starting July 14, Historic Stewart Farm will offer guided outdoor tours of the popular heritage site. The new modified service follows new protocols to ensure community safety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Visitors must pre-register, with groups limited to 10 people. Tours of the historic site will be available Tuesday to Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30pm.

Registrations times will be available every thirty minutes with the final tour beginning at 3:00pm. Guests are required to pre-register online with their MySurrey account. Registration opens July 6.

“With people staying safe and closer to home this summer, I encourage Surrey residents to get out and explore all that Surrey has to offer,” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. “Historic Stewart Farm’s heritage tours are a great option for families to discover our local history and enjoy some time outdoors.”

Highlights of the 30-minute outdoor tour include the 1894 Farmhouse, Pole Barn, heirloom gardens, root cellar, boat building and former threshing shed. Tours will lead visitors around the picturesque site, exploring the grounds and the history of the area, the Stewart Family, and the farm itself.

Exclusively outdoors, visitors are advised to dress for the weather to maximize their tour experience. A visit through the heritage Pole barn will be included, marked with a one-way route to ensure physical distancing. All other buildings will be closed. Historic Stewart Farm is a one-of-a-kind heritage venue located at 13723 Crescent Road within Elgin Heritage Park, along the Nicomekl River. Entrance is free.

For more information, call 604-591-4627. or visit www.surrey.ca/stewartfarm.
Follow the Farm on Facebook at @HeritageSurrey or on Instagram at @StewartFarmBC.

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Big Splash is Back for Another Hot Season – Social Distancing Style

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THE REOPENING IS JULY, 1st, 2020, AT 35% CAPACITY

TSAWWASSEN, BC – Metro Vancouver’s favourite water park is reopening for the season on Canada Day, July 1st, 2020! The 7-acre resort-inspired park features 13 body and tube waterslides for kids and adults of all ages. Due to COVID-19, the park will operate at 35% capacity with extra safety precautions to ensure everyone can enjoy their summer, safely, 7 days a week.

This year, Big Splash has made several important changes to ensure their staff and guests can feel safe while enjoying the sunshine and water slides. They will be conducting temperature checks and screenings on all employees and guests at entry. They have added hand sanitizing stations, outdoor showers, and created one-directional walkways and paths to waterslides.

There will be limits on how many people can be in a pool and hot tub at once. And this year, families will be allowed to bring in 1 cooler of food and drinks (no outside alcohol allowed). To ensure admission, guests are encouraged to book a cabana or table online for a specific date and admission tickets in the same transaction.

This is the perfect summer venue for birthday parties, family reunions, and corporate events. With a full-service cabana and tent rentals available, you can sit back and relax as you and your loved ones have fun. Big Splash offers a fully licenced bar and patio, with delicious summer-inspired cocktails and ice-cold beers on tap!

With two eateries available on site you can enjoy summer favourites made in-house with burgers, pizza, salads, poutines, fish & chips and more! “2020 has been a difficult year for many, and we hope that Big Splash can make a difference. With safety in mind, we plan to open our water park this year at 35% capacity to allow families to enjoy the sunshine and have a break while working together to flatten the curve.

We want to thank our first responders for the hard work they have been doing and want to assure our guests that we will do everything to keep our facility safe for everyone.”- Tamara Tam, Director of Operations. To learn more about the safety precautions, directions to the park, hours of operation, ticket information, ride information and more, please visit our website http://www.bigsplashwaterpark.ca/home/

About Big Splash Water Park | Owned and operated by Executive Hotels & Resorts since 2017, Big Splash Water Park is a Metro Vancouver favourite, located in sunny Tsawwassen. Offering endless fun and water activities for people of all ages, the 7-acre resort-style park has 13 water slides to choose from.

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