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Imagine COVID 19 Without Internet, Film, Music or Art

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Part 1 of 3: The impact on the arts community straining under this pandemic.  What will the future look like for those in the creative employment fields?

This pandemic has hit many industries hard but none so hard as the industry we need the most. The artists, writers, film makers, theatre groups, and musicians have lost all their shows and income in one fell swoop. Imagine trying to survive 2 weeks of self-isolation without a book to read, a picture to paint, photographs to look at, music to listen to or movies to watch. The very thing that is maintaining our sanity right now is the area most under attack. While we get our feel-good fills of musicians playing on their balconies and actors reading Shakespeare, we must also realize that none of them are getting paid and they have mortgages too.

To find out what long term impact COVID 19 has had on the arts, we asked some artists and creators to tell us how this has affected them and their organizations.

When asked “How has this affected your life and your arts organization”, many were quick to acknowledge the devastating effects this has had on their finances and ability to move forward. When you consider your favorite movie or music or book, you don’t always see all the people behind the scenes that were necessary for that entertainment to become a reality. The production staff and side workers are one part of it but if you take it back even further, the music teachers and theatre schools, private lessons and entertainment opportunities that were afforded people at a young age were the foundations of the arts offerings you are enjoying during your social isolation. It begs the question, what will the long term effect be as the development of the arts is halted.

Natalie Pardalis and Students Surrey photographer – Nadine Inkster

Natalia Pardalis, singer, pianist, educator – owner of Pardalis Studio and founder of Maria’s Records

“The music industry is hurting right now. Our jobs depend on human interaction without social distancing. It has been amazing though watching so many musicians display such leadership skills with online performances, workshops, providing information etc.”

“Personally, I have found it very difficult as my local gigs and upcoming tour was cancelled. But more importantly, it was hard watching my music students (especially the younger ones) try to understand what is happening. We have moved lessons online to carry on which has helped greatly. I think the hardest part was watching my students’ disappointment. They were all preparing for festivals and all the festivals were either cancelled or postponed. So, a group of teachers and I have joined forces to create an online music festival to help make up for it. Music and all arts is even more important at this time.”

Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade and a promoter of Surrey as a Music city says

The Surrey Board of Trade has heard clearly from our arts and culture community members that cancellation of events, no incoming revenue, and many arts organizations not eligible for announced provincial funding will compromise their survival as an arts entity in the long term. It depends on how long COVID-19 orders are in place indicating no public gatherings or events for the safety of all British Columbians and Canadians. Some funding is available now through the federal government. But we live in an area with the highest cost of living – government subsidies simply won’t be enough for many of Surrey’s amazing arts & culture entities.

Mark Manning is an actor with MVM Agency. This crisis has put everything on the line for him.

A job I booked for a TV show is up in the air now. The production shut down and I have no idea when they will return or if I will still have a job with them when they get back. Seeing as acting is a job of opportunities, in the beginning you don’t get many. This gig would have been the last credit I needed to get full union status, it would change my life forever.

Local Singer, Songwriter, Cathrine Levan has just released her newest CD in the middle of this pandemic.

Cat Levan – New CD

I think the biggest challenge to the arts is performance arts, whose very existence depends on performing. Yes, we can do online events, but they are not paid gigs. And the complete collapse of performance events is going to bankrupt many arts organizations.”

Sami Ghawi, MBA is the Director of FUSIONpresents and the mastermind behind the Surrey Board of Trade Music City Centre.  He is the driving force behind making Surrey a Music City Destination.  He relies on live performances for income.

Sami Ghawi and his favourite fan

FUSIONpresents and its partner venues agreed to cancel all live entertainment days prior to the government’s mandate to shut down all bars and clubs as we felt it was the responsible thing to do for our community.  Live music brings so much life to social events, and artists and bands thrive on the energy of large audiences.  Therefore, as much as live music entertainment is a large portion of our business, cancelling it all was the right thing to do for the safety and consideration of everyone.  We are an organization that strives to help, and at this time, the first step in helping was not enabling the spread of this virus by bringing people together.

International DANCE sensation and local girl, Natasha Gorrie feels like her entire life has been canceled.

This effects my life financially to sustain myself. A lot of my dance gigs are for the mass numbers of people. I am a choreographer contractor work for NHL Canucks talent, BC Lions and as well as I throw events for the dance community. Every single event I run or choreograph for have been cancelled till the summer. And then when the summer comes all of the dance teaching work is done for the season. So really proper dance work won’t be coming back till the month of September 2020”

As the Executive Director of Semiahmoo Arts Society and the Community Arts Council of the Semiahmoo Peninsula, Ulee Maschaykh is knows the field well.

Like most businesses (for profit and non-profit) around the world we at Semiahmoo Arts have experienced losses: financial loss, loss of certainty, loss of revenue etc. The Rec Centre was closed only two weeks after our Annual Member Show opened. All the art work is still there, so we decided to present it online for the world to view, experience and maybe even purchase.

Patricia Dahlquist is a Surrey Civic Treasure and a singer, actor, teacher and the Founding Director of the Young People’s Opera Society of B.C.

“This Pandemic has curtailed a large part of my social life which includes support of other arts organizations in our community Seeing empty theatre seats set in motion the beginnings of a constant state of anxiety and depression. Weird for a diehard optimist! We, the leaders of non-profit arts organizations that are always delicately balanced on the edge of a financial cliff, are sensing the ruin of our vital, creative and contributive groups.”

David Geertz, who formerly booked bands into The Flamingo’s three showrooms, is a principal of Cloverdale Concerts.  He works with Dione Costanza in Penmar Community Arts Society, a group that organizes live music opportunities.  He talks about how COVID 19 has impacted his creative endeavors.

From an organization stand point we have had all of our events cancelled up until the end of August at this point. In addition to our public events we have also had to cancel some private functions that were a very large part of our revenue model.“

Many theatre groups have put a lot of money into renting space and production costs which they carry upfront on the understanding that they will recoup those costs at the time of show with ticket sales and other revenue.

Ellie King, Artistic Director of the Royal Canadian Theater Company in Surrey says

“We have lost about $50,000 in revenues which is a massive financial hit and means that we cannot in any way recover our production costs. For a small company such as ours which didn’t receive any funding from Metro Vancouver, BC Arts Council or from Canada Council this is a HUGE blow for our company.”

While she is very grateful to the support of the City of Surrey and is determined to get back on their feet and continue to provide high-value theater to the Surrey and outlying communities, she is blunt about the effect this has had on the organization.

“The cost to us has been great and the financial security we had been building has been deeply eroded.”

Blues for the Bank featuring Chris Thornley and his band

Chris Thornley is a musician and leader of a local band.  He is most famous for his Blues for the Bank concerts in Surrey.  They raise money for the food bank by donating their talents for a wonderful evening of entertainment.

“All music projects that I had on the go have been cancelled and all concerts that I was looking forward too have been postponed indefinitely ( Hall & Oats , Boz Scaggs , Pink Martini and local favourite Jim Byrnes ). One of the things I really miss is our rehearsals. With some of my friends it is as much a therapy session as it is playing music. So consequently, I have been feeling a little blue. I know this will pass.”

Actor – Michael Charrois

Michael Charrois is an actor, writer, director, instructor and professional performer who makes his living from the arts

“The majority of my work comes from live performance and teaching drama classes on contract. I usually have 5 or 6 gigs on the go at any one time to make ends meet. I have high hopes for recorded storytelling (a good time to be a singer/songwriter with an internet connection) but I have fears about the short term viability of live performances; concerts, theatre, film screenings. We can’t gather in even small groups to create and no one will want to gather in an audience until a vaccine is developed. Grim.

All of my gigs are cancelled: a touring production of Screwball Comedy presented by Surrey’s Royal Canadian Theatre; teaching recreational drama classes after school in Burnaby and Coquitlam; teaching a weekly drama class at an Independent school; teaching workshops in schools through the Evergreen Cultural Centre including On The Road visits to K B Woodward School in Surrey. The film industry is shut down, so no film work there either, including background. Bleak.

While most are trying to stay positive, many of the artists and support teams that I spoke to said that they feel they will be forced to leave the industry that they love.

We do it because we love it, it is part of who we are, but we can’t financially afford to wait for things to come back to normal. The theatre industry in particular would take a bad hit because it would lose some many people with experience due to the lack of security in this industry.”

There are many industries that are going to take a hard hit during these unsettling times but there is no industry that saved our sanity like the entertainment industry.  While we salute all of our front line workers with well-deserved adulation, when our pot-banging is over, we return to our rooms to watch movies, listen to music, read books, do puzzles or paint by number.  The arts, which has taken the largest hit, is the very thing we turn to for solace in times of trauma and uncertainty.

Next posting – Creative people are resilient. Their super power is their ability to create.  Look for tomorrow’s article and hear what have arts organizations and creative people have done to continue creating during these difficult times.

Shara Nixon loves to hear and repeat the stories of people’s lives and cultural viewpoints. She enjoys deep conversations and people who hold strong viewpoints. In her day job she is a social worker for business owners, helping them meet their goals. As an insomniac, she writes at night to clear her head. She is punctuationally challenged and uses too many !!!. She also believes in creative spelling as an art form. Her super-power is in connecting like-minded people and communicating with an intent to learn instead of respond. She writes about relationships, business savvy, online dating, finance and general things that piss her off. Shara believes that key to peace is education and connection!!!

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Famous Wrestler ‘Shakes Up’ Surrey Artifact Collection

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John Tenta ‘Earthquake’ memorabilia now on display at Museum of Surrey

Surrey, BC – The legacy of WWF wrestler John Tenta, known worldwide as ‘Earthquake’ is being celebrated with a display of memorabilia in the Museum of Surrey’s latest feature exhibition ‘Shake Up: Preserving What We Value.’

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the former Surrey resident’s iconic 1991 action figure, “The Wrestler” Magazine, featuring Earthquake vs. Hulk Hogan from 1990, a deck of trading cards and more in the exhibit’s pop culture section.

“Earthquakes are some of nature’s most powerful forces, and John Tenta certainly evokes that energy with the persona he created, which makes his legacy a perfect fit for the exhibit,” said Curator of Exhibits, Colleen Sharpe.

‘Shake Up: Preserving What We Value’ was originally developed by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Using cultural objects, art, and multimedia displays, the exhibit tells the story of earthquakes—and other natural disasters—through Indigenous knowledge passed down through oral histories.

To complement the multi-media installations, MOS added Surrey-specific content from the Heritage Surrey Collection, including the recent acquisition of Tenta’s memorabilia.

Kristin Hardie, Curator of Collections, says the memorabilia acquired for the Surrey Artifact Collection is one example of how objects can serve as a connection point with our community’s memory.

“We are thrilled to be able to preserve the amazing story of a ‘Surreyite’ who rose to the highest levels of his sport and who became famous on a global scale.

We hope that these items both preserve John Tenta’s legacy in his hometown and encourage his neighbours and fans to share their memories and stories about him.”

Hardie recently reached out to Tenta’s son, Jeff Tenta, who resides in Florida with his wife and two children. When asked how he felt about his father being included in the exhibit and his story being preserved and shared at the museum, he responded that it was a proud moment for the family.

“We’re happy that his community appreciates it – it’s good to know people care,” he said. Preserving and Sharing Surrey’s Stories. Heritage Services administers a large civic artifact collection, which consists of over 20,000 objects.

Already a world junior wrestling champion by age 20, Tenta first rose to fame in Japan, where he spent eight months as a sumo wrestler. He and his family returned to his hometown of Surrey from approximately 1989 to 1996, where he was affectionally known as ‘Big John’ to local media.

By 1989, Tenta was a full-time member in the WWF with the name, Earthquake. In 1993, Tenta headlined a West Coast wrestling competition at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.

In 2006, Tenta passed away from bladder cancer at the age of 42. His sister, Brenda, currently resides in Langley.

‘Shake Up: Preserving What We Value’ runs until June. Visitors must pre-register for one hour long self-guided visits, which are available from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday. Visitors can register by visiting emailing or by calling 604-592-6956.

The museum follows all citywide COVID- 19 safety protocols as per Health BC, City of Surrey and Worksafe BC. Masks are mandatory. Registration required for every person in your family group, including infants. For more information, visit us.

For more information about the Surrey Artifact Collections, visit our site. The City’s artifact collection can also be viewed virtually using the Surrey Archives & Museums free Online Access (SAMOA).

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A Symbol of Welcome at Museum of Surrey

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The Rivers that Connect Us by kʼwyʼiʼyʼe Spring Salmon Studio

Surrey, BC – A new public artwork has been installed at Museum of Surrey, the final component of the Museum expansion. The artwork is easily viewed by those travelling along Highway 10. Designed and fabricated locally by kʼwyʼiʼyʼe Spring Salmon Studio (Drew Atkins, Phyllis Atkins, and Aaron Jordan),

The Rivers that Connect Us is a monumental sculpture that makes an important contribution to the Cloverdale Historic District by acknowledging and reflecting the longstanding presence of First Nations peoples.

The artwork’s five-metre-tall, illuminated paddles are raised to the sky recalling a traditional Coast Salish gesture indicating peace and respect made when a canoe traveller approached a village.

The artwork’s welcoming gesture is intended to honour the diversity of newcomers arriving in Surrey and the traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples.

The sculpture’s four paddles encircle a 3.5-metre round base that features a design inspired by the traditional form of a Coast Salish spindle whorl, a tool used by Coast Salish women to spin wool for weaving.

The base also references a compass and the four directions. The Salish Eye designs around the base of the paddles represent the seven traditional teachings of the Kwantlen peoples: health, happiness, generations, generosity, humility, forgiveness, and understanding.

While referencing the deep history of the land and the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples including the q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓, q̓ic̓əy̓, and səmyəmɑʔɬ (Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations) and traditional Coast Salish design, the sculpture also incorporates innovative technology with its steel and polycarbonate materials and programmable LED lighting.

Community consultation guided this public art opportunity from the outset. Multiple community engagement sessions were held, culminating in a group of Cloverdale residents serving on a panel to select the artists and artwork concept.

One of the key recommendations from the community was that the sculpture serve as a gateway feature for travellers to Cloverdale and the City of Surrey. The lighting will ensure the artwork is visible at night and fulfills the expectation of the Cloverdale community.

The artwork also offers an invitation to learn more about Surrey’s history, located beside Museum of Surrey (17710 56A Avenue) and Surrey Archives (located in the 1912 Municipal Hall).

For the artists, The Rivers that Connect Us provided an important opportunity to mark the traditional territories on which Surrey is built.

They say, “The Fraser River and its local tributaries—the Salmon, Serpentine, and Nicomekl Rivers—formed a transportation network that connected First Nations people in the area since time immemorial. Relied upon for resource gathering, travel, and trade, these rivers were traversed by canoes from many nations. Presently, the Highway 10 corridor, and its many connecting roads, is today’s river.”

The artwork’s title, The Rivers That Connect Us, is a reminder and an invitation to a shared human connection regardless of cultural or ethnic backgrounds.

About the Artists

Drew Atkins (Nəq̓ɑɬc̓i) is a member of the Kwantlen First Nation community by marriage to his wife and fellow artist, Phyllis Atkins (q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ’s). He works in many mediums including painting, drawing, carving, and sculpture.

He was trained in the Coast Salish carving tradition while apprenticing with his dear friend and mentor Xwa-lack-tun (Rick Harry). Atkins owns and operates K’wy’iye’ Spring Salmon Studio and Gallery in unceded Fort Langley, BC with Phyllis Atkins. springsalmonstudio.com

Phyllis (Qwoy’tic’a) Atkins is an artist of the Kwantlen First Nation whose name means “I wear the clouds like a blanket” or “Shrouded in clouds.” Her name comes from the Nɬeʔkepmx language and it was given to her by her maternal grandfather Hereditary Chief Anthony Joe of the Shakan Band (Thompson River People).

Phyllis is also part Sto:lo (People of the river). Phyllis has taken oil painting lessons from Barbara Boldt and hand-carved silver jewelry lessons by Master Carver Derek Wilson. She is a renowned painter and jeweler at their home on Kwantlen First Nation in Fort Langley. springsalmonstudio.com

Aaron Jordan grew up surrounded by artists and craftsmen of all mediums. Working for a few years in art galleries and museums led Aaron to attend Langara College to study fine arts. He went on to discover the world of film and was swept up by the creativity and diversity of the industry while working as a sculptor and carpenter building sets and props. ajordancreation.com

About Surrey’s Public Art Program

Established in 1998, Surrey’s Public Art Program contributes to the creation of a lively, beautiful, inclusive, and complete community. The City’s art collection reflects community identity, cultural diversity, and Indigenous heritage.

Public art contributes to placemaking across the City and its sustainable socio-economic development. Among the 100+ artworks in Surrey’s public art collection are mosaics, paintings, and interactive sculptures that remember Surrey’s history, enhance infrastructure, and honour the surrounding natural environment.

From subtle to iconic, public art can be found in the City’s parks, on pathways, streets, SkyTrain pillars, and civic buildings throughout the City of Surrey. For more information about the Public Art Program and the collection, visit surrey.ca/publicart

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Recent Past Meets Speculative Future In Mark Soo’s Video Installation (Apr 17)

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April 17−June 6, 2021
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 17 | 1:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m. PST on Surrey Art Gallery’s Facebook page and YouTube channel

Surrey, BC – Surrey Art Gallery launches their spring exhibit Mark Soo: Twilight on the Edge of Town on Facebook Live and YouTube on Saturday, April 17 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. PST with a talk by the artist that will be available for replay afterwards.

Drawing from an archive that evokes the history of science fiction film, 3D animation, documentary photography, and literature, Mark Soo’s newest video artwork explores the nature of perception and the limits of storytelling.

Through his juxtapositions of visual and experiential phenomena, this project stimulates poetic associations to place, reality, and imagination.

Across multiple screens, the artist creates an immersive choreography of visual elements over twenty-five minutes. Holographic images depict objects and events of the seemingly everyday where surreal log jams and raindrops mingle with flickering streetlights and backyard scenes.

An ambient soundtrack includes the voices of a child and adult simultaneously narrating the images, one in a speculation on the future and the other in a recollection of the past. Experienced in an ambiguous present, remembrance slips into projection and past and future are intertwined.

Mark Soo says, “I’ve tried to make a work that speaks to a complicated relationship to where we are, and of how we perceive that in terms of time and the relation to space.”

The result is part theatre, experimental cinema, and art installation. “By experimenting with the relationship between image and sound, fact and fiction,” says curator Jordan Strom, “Soo’s large-scale environment is a compelling meditation on the nature of individual and collective memory.”

Twilight on the Edge of Town builds on Soo’s work of the past decade and a half, including his interests in photography and film, the history of social movements, and experiments with the technological image. Surrey Art Gallery and Wirklichkeit Books, Berlin, will be co-publishing a catalogue about Mark Soo: Twilight on the Edge of Town in the fall of 2021.

Twilight on the Edge of Town is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded in part through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Other exhibitions at Surrey Art Gallery include Art by Surrey Secondary Students, a display of collages, drawings, and paintings from local youth (closes April 30) and the artist video Yam Lau: Hutong House. At UrbanScreen, Surrey Art Gallery’s offsite art venue, the Flavourcel collective presents I Spy a City, a series of animations that capture different sights in Surrey (closes May 2).

About Mark Soo

Mark Soo was born in Singapore. He graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2001 and currently lives and works in Vancouver and Berlin. He works in a variety of media including photography, sound, and video, which he uses to investigate notions of perception, modes of representation, and considerations of social space.

Soo draws on diverse sources ranging from art history to popular and social histories. He has had solo exhibitions in Vancouver, Berlin, and London and has participated in numerous group exhibitions.

About Surrey Art Gallery

Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery, located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey on the unceded territories of the Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) nations, 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.

Surrey Art Gallery will continue to present Art Together, a series of online programs that began in March 2020 and explore art and artists in the community, spark the imagination, and celebrate the ways that art can impact our lives.

Visit our website, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. surrey.ca/artgallery

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Shake Up: Preserving What We Value

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Indigenous knowledge, science and pop culture unite to address ‘the Big One’

Surrey, BC – Museum of Surrey announces its latest feature exhibition, Shake Up: Preserving What We Value, coming March 11 to June 6. Through multimedia installations, art, and cultural objects, Shake Up examines the knowledge of earthquakes and natural disasters that has been passed down for generations through First Nations oral histories.

“It’s about reflecting on what we value, and how we ensure we keep our loved ones and stories safe,” said Museum of Surrey manager, Lynn Saffery, of the exhibit that was originally developed by Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

As part of the immersive exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity board an electric car and take a simulated drive down a San Francisco street, featuring never-before-seen footage of the big 1906 quake aftermath. Visitors can get up close to an earthquake-proof yurt, built locally in Langley.

The theme of earthquakes in pop culture is explored through movie posters, cards, earthquake toys and the famous WWF wrestler, ‘Earthquake.’ Surrey-specific content and artifacts from the Heritage Surrey collection will also be on display.

Free pre-registered, one-hour self-guided visits of the museum are available from Wednesday to Saturday. The museum follows all citywide COVID-19 safety protocols as per Health BC, City of Surrey and WorkSafe BC. Masks are mandatory. Registration required for every person in your family group, including infants. Call 604-592-6956 or email museum@surrey.ca to register.

Museum of Surrey is a dynamic and accessible community hub and cultural space that reflects the City of Surrey’s innovation and creativity.

It is a people museum, with a mission to connect people and stories through engaging events, interactive award- winning exhibits, programs, textiles and local, national and international exhibitions, as well as public space for rentals. The site, located at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey, is on the Heritage Campus, home to Veterans Square, Anderson Cabin, 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School.

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Cloverdale Rodeo Bucks Trend, Saddles Up For 2021 Event

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Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair postponed to later in 2021

Covid-safety drives date change for event’s 75th Anniversary

Surrey, B.C. – The BC Lower Mainland’s top spring event, the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, is being postponed due to Covid-19. Dates in the second half of the year are being considered with advice from health officials.

“Public safety rides high in the saddle for us,” states Shannon Claypool, President of the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association. “We are planning another thrilling rodeo, but with less capacity to allow lots of physical distancing to a masked, fun-loving audience. We will work with health officials to determine when the event can be held safely.”

There are two factors that will determine when the event can occur: public safety of Covid-19 and the removal of border restrictions so that competitors, livestock, and entertainment can enter into Canada.

The Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair is traditionally held on the Victoria Day weekend each year; however, last year’s event was cancelled by organizers along with most rodeos and fairs around the world. The event will resume occurring each Victoria Day weekend (May 20-23) in 2022.

The roots of this event goes back 133 year’s to the community’s first fair. By far, the star of the event is the rodeo, which will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association is the community-based, non-profit organization that manages the world-famous Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Association is also responsible for the year-round management of the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, which consists of 90 acres and eight facilities. The site hosts 1,000 events annually, ranging from trade shows and concerts to sports events and community meetings. The Association pivoted during the pandemic to also rent space for film shoots and currently hosts the set the Superman and Lois television show.

Every year, student leaders receive scholarships and youth programs receive resources from the Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation, which was created by the Association to support the community’s future.

For more information please visit: www.CloverdaleRodeo.com

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