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Let’s Hear It BC – presents the U-19 Songwriters’ Circle



This weekend, in Vancouver, there is going to be a surge of inspired young kids and adults heading to the Vancouver Playhouse for a couple incredible events. These two events will have you and your kids on the edge of your seats while you learn all the in’s and outs of the entertainment industry.

What events do we have to look forward to?

Let’s Hear It BC U-19 Songwriters’ Circle will be held on March 10, 2018 at 7:30pm the Vancouver Playhouse. On the same day they will also be holding an amazing Career Days featuring professionals in this ever growing industry.

Several amazing BC artists will take the stage to share their music, their JUNO stories, and how they’ve come to find and establish their voice in creating music. There will be so many great artists you’ll be floored when you learn just how cheap the ticket prices are.

Featured artists include:

  • JUNO Award winning performer, songwriter and producer Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother. Who is also hosting.
  • Classical Composer – Jordan Nobles 
  • EDM Producer and Vocalist – Nick Middleton (Funk Hunters) w/ Georgia Murray
  • Singer Songwriter – FIONN
  • Emerging Songwriter – Justin Pham
  • Singer Songwriter – Ta’Kaiya Blaney w/ Aaron Ross (Boom Booms)
  • Producer/Songwriter – Chin Injeti w/ Ty Waters

These events will have no shortage of entertainment for the whole family and amazing information for any young adults interested in pursuing this as a career choice. There is nothing that you can’t do in this world if you are willing to work hard for it and events like these are exactly what we need to keep inspiring others.

Let’s Hear It Event Details

Date: March 10, 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Vancouver Playhouse

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
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Career Day Event Details


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




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

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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Surrey Libraries Launches Takeout Service



Patrons can order books, DVDs, Summer Reading Club materials, and more.

Surrey, BC – Surrey Libraries has announced the launch of contactless Takeout service at six branches serving Surrey’s town centres. City Centre, Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, and Semiahmoo library branches will be providing the service starting June 26.

“Whether you pick up a book to enrich your personal knowledge, for your scholastic studies, or for the pure joy of reading, I know the act of holding and opening up a new book is one of the great and simple pleasures of life,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Not everyone likes reading on digital devices and many people in our community rely on our libraries for books for themselves and their children. I am delighted that Surrey Libraries will be offering this takeout service, starting just in time for children to join in on Summer Reading Club activities.”

“The response from our community through the Resuming Library Services Survey was clear,” said Neelam Sahota, chair of the Board of Trustees of Surrey Libraries. “People are eager to borrow physical materials like books and DVDs and return the items they’ve had at home since March. However, people also told us that they’re not ready to come back into the branches for programming or browsing just yet.”

To access the service, library members can either call one of the six participating branches or fill out an online form at Patrons will be able to pick up their holds and return items when they arrange a pickup time.

Borrowers will also enjoy an extended due date of September 8 on newly borrowed materials. All materials returned to the library will be held in a 72-hour quarantine before being put back into circulation. Studies have shown that the COVID-19 virus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel; therefore, the 72-hour quarantine will provide ample time to ensure that trace amounts of virus on books and other materials are eradicated.

With regard to reopening branches, the Library is taking a phased and cautious approach. “The health and safety of our staff and patrons is our top priority as we implement our reopening plans,” said Surinder Bhogal, Chief Librarian. “We have added safety protocols such as physical distancing, quarantining materials, proper hand hygiene, frequent surface sanitization, and installing plexiglass barriers at service counters.

We remain committed to providing as much service as possible. We’ll evaluate the Takeout service and may extend to other branches, and we’re working toward reopening some library branches after Labour Day.”

For people who enjoy digital materials, Surrey Libraries has tripled the number of eBooks and eAudiobooks ordered each month, substantially increased the size of the eSuperloan collection, and launched weekly titles available without holds for quicker access to new reading material and popular titles.

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Summer is Back at Arts Umbrella



Due to COVID-19, our original Summer Camp schedule was made obsolete. This, however, did not stop us from continuing to evolve and adapt our curriculum to new learning environments. Our new summer offerings include a mix of online learning and in-studio classes that accommodate new safety measures as approved by the Province of BC. Our classes follow the same excellent curriculum and high-quality instruction that Arts Umbrella is known for. Below is a snapshot of our offerings.

Art & Design

From Drawing & Painting, to Mixed Media, to Cartooning and Comic Creation, we’re offering a mix of small in- person studio classes and online programs to provide young people with visual arts skills and techniques, as well as inspire new levels of creativity. We are also offering an online Drawing & Painting Intensive for teens (13-19) in August. In this program, artist-instructors will guide students in independent research into artists and history.

From that, inspiration and knowledge will inform students to create original works at home during online classes. Participants will also investigate the ideas in their work, while refining fundamental skills such as composition, design, and colour theory. In conversation with their peers, students will also explore and practice constructive critique.


We have reduced class sizes for our Junior and Teen Summer Dance Intensives. As always, this program features classes in ballet, character, modern, repertoire, and jazz with special guest instructors and Arts Umbrella faculty. These Intensives offer young dancers a comprehensive way to maintain fitness and prepare for regular classes in September.

Theatre & Music

From Acting to Musical Theatre, and Shakespeare to Puppetry, our Summer Session Theatre & Music classes give young artists a strong foundation for further classes. We also offer a number of in-person and online Intensives in for more experienced students. Whether students are interested in acting for the stage or film and TV, these programs can help bring their skills to the next level.

This year, we’re also offering some new online programs for students who want to further their singing and musical theatre skills: Song Study, Voice Lessons, and Curbside Cabaret.

Arts Umbrella is back for Summer, with classes starting July 6, 2020. Registration is now open for online, outdoor, and small in-person classes at:

Over the past few months, Arts Umbrella has been testing innovative ways to bring arts education to young people through online programs. This summer, children, youth, and teens can take online classes in Art & Design, and Theatre & Music. In addition to the online experience, Arts Umbrella will also be open for some small in-person classes in a safe studio environment.

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City of Surrey Cultural Services Pride Month Celebrations



Surrey, BC—City of Surrey Cultural Services have a number of programs taking place during June for Pride Month. These free online performances and initiatives are to help people staying home to connect with the arts and commemorate Pride month.

JUNE 2020–Through its Cultural Services programs, the City of Surrey is pleased to present a number of initiatives for Pride Month.

Heritage Surrey is celebrating Pride Month on social media by highlighting recent Surrey LGBTQ+ additions to its archival and artifact collections. Watch for a new post each week that shares stories of Surrey’s LGBTQ+ community.

The June edition of Selections from Collections at Museum of Surrey has a Pride focus as well. The monthly exhibit, spotlighting unique objects in Surrey’s Heritage Collection, currently features a pin, commissioned by the Surrey Pride

Society, to celebrate 50 years since certain same-sex acts were decriminalized in Canada. More on Surrey’s Pride can be found at the Museum’s online Weekly Feature as part of their #MuseumFromHome initiative during the temporary closure.

Standing on the Line Movie Poster

On June 26, at 8pm, tune in for Surrey Civic Theatres first Pride Movie Night. This event is part of SCT’s newly launched Digital Stage, a recent initiative to support local and Canadian performances that audiences can enjoy from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

This free online event will feature two movie shorts, Beauty and I Am Skylar as well as the feature film, Standing on the Line, all of which are produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Written and directed by Nova Scotian filmmaker, Paul Émile d’Entremont,

Standing on the Line tackles the stigma of being gay in sports. Through a series of touching personal stories, the documentary explores the difficulty and impact of coming out in this competitive world whether it’s in the context of elite sports or among student athletes. Specifically, the documentary showcases the lives of student athletes at L’Odyssée, a school in Moncton, New Brunswick, that promotes diversity and inclusion.

The movie also features candid interviews with Canadian professional athletes who identify as gay, lesbian, or queer, including Olympic speed skater Anastasia Bucsis, who first came out to her family and friends after the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. When she headed to Sochi 2014 in Russia, Bucsis came out publicly, making her the only openly gay North American Olympian at the time.

The movie has been shown at several film festivals across Canada, included being selected for Vancouver’s 2019 Doxa Festival. He is thrilled that Standing on the Line is a part of Surrey Civic Theatres’ Online Pride Movie Night.

“I’m honoured Surrey Civic Theatres has chosen my documentary as the feature film, particularly as I am a new resident of the province, so to have my film presented like this, I’m so happy, because it makes me feel a part of things, and I’ve found the people of BC to be so welcoming. I love living here.”

All three films are presented with the kind permission of the National Film Board of Canada and can be seen on June 26 at 8pm on the Pride Movie Night Event Page

Follow @HeritageSurrey and @MuseumOfSurrey on Facebook or Instagram to learn more about the important objects featured.

Follow @SurreyCivicTheatres On Facebook or @SurreyArtsCtre on Twitter to learn more about the upcoming Pride Movie Night.

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Arts Umbrella Delivers Art Kits to Vulnerable Children and Youth in Surrey and Vancouver



At Arts Umbrella, we believe every child should have access to an arts education. Over the past few months, our methods for delivering that education have been challenged. Without that human to human connection that we rely on to spark imagination, we’ve had to reimagine what it means to inspire creativity.

Like many arts organizations, Arts Umbrella has met the COVID-19 crisis with hope and innovation. We’ve brought classes online and shared prompts for at-home activities, but we also wanted to ensure that young people have access to the supplies they need to be creative – at home.

“Each year more than 7,000 young people access our donor-funded Community Programs at no cost,” says Paul Larocque, President & CEO of Arts Umbrella. “These programs were cancelled from March to June due to the COVID-19 crisis, and we wanted to find a way to provide for this vulnerable community during such a difficult time.”

With generous support from Opus Art Supplies, Arts Umbrella has delivered more than 200 art kits to children and youth at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House in Vancouver and through our Westminster Savings Artful Afternoon program in Surrey.

“Our primary focus is to support through inspiring, educating, and enabling the creative community,” says Tom James, President & CEO at Opus Art Supplies. “We see creativity as a basic need. People have physical, mental, and emotional needs, and we all want meaning and purpose. At Opus, we really feel that it’s foundational for children to be able to express their creativity.”

Natalie Moravek is the Childrens’ Program Coordinator at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, where she oversees all out-of-school learning opportunities for school-aged children in grades K-5. Their immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis was to provide food security to the vulnerable members of their community. Since March they have been delivering weekly food hampers to 150 households.

“Once we had food delivery in place, we could turn our attention to other things,” says Natalie. “How do we stay engaged at home to lead healthy, balanced lives? People need more than food right now; they still need connection to people, they still need resources for outdoor play and creativity.

“During her weekly visits with families, Natalie found that their number one request was for physical supplies to engage their kids in creative activities, supplies they would normally access at school or through Kiwassa’s programs, but don’t have at home.

The Arts Umbrella art kits delivered to Kiwassa have now gone on to children of essential workers at two of their emergency child care sites. They have also gone to at-risk youth through Kiwassa’s street outreach, as well as to students who access the hot lunch program at the local elementary school. Some of the blank sketchpads are being used as journals to promote youth mental health

In Surrey, the art kits have been available for curbside pick-up to families who access our Westminster Savings Artful Afternoons program. Artful Afternoons is a free after-school program that provides at-risk children with a space and high-quality supplies to express themselves.

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