Daman Beatty

Daman Beatty

The creator of Surrey604.com, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival is Bigger and Brighter than ever

Free family event offers new light displays and Youth Dance Showcase feature Surrey, B.C. – Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, announced today the new attractions guests can expect to see at this year’s free annual event. Additional attractions include a Light Tunnel, Enchanted Forest, Candy Cane Dance Tent, North Pole Stage, expanded Holiday Market and Village and a variety of new light installations. Surrey’s 60ft tall Christmas tree will light up at 6:30 p.m. live on CTV. The entrance to the Holiday Fun Zone on University Drive will now include a Light Tunnel where guests can walk through and take photos. The area will also offer magical features and activities including an Enchanted Forest of illuminated trees and a Candy Cane Dance tent with an LED dance floor. Additionally, visitors can escape the cold and enjoy family-friendly and festive holiday activities in the Holiday Market and...

VISAFF 2019: Bigger and Better Than Ever Before!

Since its inception, the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) has existed to provide a platform to promote filmmaking talent within the diaspora, and this year is no different. The VISAFF team has curated 40+ films, which includes 20 Canadian films! The 2019 festival runs from Nov 14-17, and we’ve got a sneak peek at their film and event line-up, which we know you don’t want to miss! Opening the festival this year is The Illegal - a gritty and realistic story of young man working to support his family while staying in the United States as an undocumented worker. Presenting the film on opening night are director Danish Renzu and one of the films’ stars, Iqbal Theba (Glee, Green Book). Other notable films included in the lineup are Jhalki, a Hindi-language drama film featuring Bollywood star, Boman Irani, crime thriller Laal Kabootar, which is Pakistan’s official selection for...
Arts and Entertainment

Interview with Inderveer Sodhi, Director of Monster, a coming-of-age drama based on gang violence in Surrey

VIDEO: Surrey604 video journalist, Desire Amouzou sits down over coffee at Coffee Monster in Guildford, with first time Director, Producer and Actor, Inderveer Sodhi to discuss his debut film 'MONSTER,' a coming-of-age drama based on gang violence in Surrey. MONSTER (2019) is a feature-length narrative that dives into the humanistic side of gang violence, so often it is only showcased from a limited perspective which usually doesn’t encompass the youth who are in close proximity to the issue everyday. Sodhi’s team was comprised of a little over 30 individuals from the lower-mainland all in their early twenties. Sodhi also composed the music of the film himself. The film was shot in a mere 6 days with its total preparation and post-production time surpassing just over a year and a half. The film tells the story of Harman in three stages of his life, when he’s 10, 18, and 20 years...

Surrey pop artist Carson Hoy debuts new single “Live Forever”

Surrey pop artist Carson Hoy (formerly of The UV Boys) debuts his sound with Live Forever, a euphoric psychedelic pop single with futurist lyrics of wanting ever lasting love. Carson’s eclectic, genre-bending sound is created by writing, recording, mixing and mastering everything he makes in his studio Cloverdale Studios. Facing his personal issues and deepest feelings openly, Carson’s lyrics are authentic with a laid-back vibe - His bold alternative pop sound mashing up his past in rock, dance, and hip hop effortlessly to keep his fans guessing. The last year and a half have been a whirlwind for Carson, from performing over 100 sets at such events as Surrey’s “Fusion Festival” as the city of Surrey’s “City Wide DJ” to live on Save on Radio, Surrey’s Pulse FM and SFU’s CiTR. Attending the 2019 ASCAP Expo in Hollywood Carson’s music was heard with collaborations with LA based songwriters Alicia Sky...

Short Film About Domestic Abuse Shot at New House Available for Filming in Surrey

Meet Shastina Kumar, born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia Canada. Shastina has a degree in Business and a minor in Human Resources. She always had a passion for film, but never knew that she could try and chase such a far-fetched dream. After working as a Flight Attendant, Accounts Receivables, and the Human Resources Department; she felt she still wasn’t living her true self and she wanted more in life. “I knew what I always wanted to do, but I was so afraid of failure.” She says. Check out Shastina’s first film she helped produce and write, “Miss Midnight”. The film was shot at ‘Film Views’ located in Surrey. Check out the full tour of the house below. This beautiful location is perfect for filming, photoshoots, pop-up events, meetings, and more! Email: ifilmviews@gmail.com. Instagram: @iifilmviews Facebook: ‘House For Filming’ @iifilmviews “I couldn’t have done this project without my amazing...
Arts and Entertainment

5X Arts Hub in Vancouver on June 12-14

5X is back this week on June 12 - 16th - it's a South Asian millennial festival showcasing the best of music, film, art, and culture. They are kicking it off with a pop-up Arts Hub in Vancouver on June 12 - 14 at the Beaumont Studios. All tickets can be purchased via 5xfest.com or visit their IG profile @5XFest. June 12, 2019 - 5X Art Party (Ticketed - $20): Showcasing local talent from Lower Mainland including fashion designers and visual artists, this night will feature young South Asian artists impacting art and fashion fans around the world. https://www.5xfest.com/event/5x-artparty June 13, 2019 - 5X Film Festival (Ticketed: $10): Featuring five acclaimed short films from different regions from around the globe. Film-lovers and filmmakers alike will be inspired by this unique collection of stories spotlighting a myriad of South Asian Diasporic identities and experiences. https://www.5xfest.com/event/5x-movie-night June 14, 2019 - 5X Womxn’s...
Arts and Entertainment

5X, A South Asian Millennial Festival, Returns Next Week From June 12 – 16

Festival showcases the best of music, art, fashion and film 5X, a world-class festival celebrating South Asian youth culture, returns next week June 12-16, 2019. Last year, 5X rebranded after a hosting the ‘City of Bhangra’ festival since 2004. The newly branded 5X Fest is a 5-day festival and includes a wide array of events. 5X will host more than 30 artists including local talents such as DJ Intense, Kirti Arneja, Anumation and some of the world’s most famous South Asian artists such as Jaz Dhami, Mickey Singh and Raja Kumari. Tarun Nayar, 5X Executive Director, said, ‘We’re stoked to be hosting our second annual 5X Festival next week in the Lower Mainland. Surrey is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and boasts one of the strongest populations of South Asians - this festival is created by us and for us. With 5X, we’re bringing together our community...
Arts and Entertainment

Bollywood show Govinda Aala Re rocked Surrey on Valentine’s and Family Day weekend

On February 16, one of Bollywood’s biggest superstars graced the people of Surrey with a fabulous show. It was none other than Indian film industry’s Hero No. 1 Govinda, who has acted in over 130 films and is known for his fantastic dance moves, comedy timing and acting. Govinda, who’s real name is Govind Ahuja, was accompanied by his wife Sunita, daughter and actress Tina Ahuja and singer Minoo Singh. Their performances to hit Bollywood songs had the crowds whistling and dancing in enjoyment. Govinda won people's hearts when he sang some of his favorite songs and danced to superhit tracks with wife Sunita. Tina’s sassy style made her a crowd favorite. The excitement of the guests was palpable. designer duo Parvesh Jai put up a fashion show at the event that enthralled the audience. The evening also showcased local talent like Bollywood choreographer Shiamak’s troupe, DJ Flamez and singer...
Food & Drink

Old Surrey Restaurant – Surrey’s Best Kept Secret

The Old Surrey Restaurant is Surrey’s best well-kept secret. Built in 1918, it was the residence of Lew Jack and his household until it was converted into a restaurant in 1974. Nestled in the heart of Surrey, the Old Surrey Restaurant is the culinary life force of the fine dining this side of the Fraser. The Old Surrey Restaurant, founded in 1975 by Spain native Valentine Aguirre, serves up fresh, inspired dishes with local ingredients including lamb and veal from the family’s Chilliwack farm. From the complimentary fresh baguette and amuse bouche right through to the Casesar Salad or flambeed Crepes Suzette, prepared tableside, your classically French dining experience will be a night to remember. The Aguirre's have created a standard of excellence, not only in the kitchen but also in their service, which combines the perfect blend of sophistication and comfort. Since 2007 the Old Surrey has been in the...
EventsFood & Drink

Cloverfest, Craft Beer & Wine Festival is Back

Love beer and wine? Looking for a fun night out but want to stay local? Join us for our 2nd annual Cloverfest Craft Beer and Wine Festival! We have an amazing line up of beer, wine and food vendors this year, which you can check out at www.cloverfest.ca. Cloverfest is a fundraising event for the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce and the Cloverdale Rotary Club, so grab a cup and come support these local organizations.   When: October 13, 2018 Doors Open: 4-9 pm Where: Shannon Hall on Cloverdale Rodeo Grounds: 6050 176 St, Surrey BC Cost: $35 dollars, Includes: 2 tasting tokens, one sample mug. Tickets: Purchase tickets at www.cloverfest.caThe Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that provides leadership, advocacy, and networking opportunities to local business owners. It is the voice of the Cloverdale business community, working to build business and community together.The Cloverdale Rotary Club focuses...
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The NAAD festival of music and dance

The NAAD festival of music and dance will present a confluence of classical, contemporary and folk dances at the Surrey Arts Centre on Saturday October 6th at 6:30 pm This festival is part of the program of public performances at local venues organized by the NAAD Foundation to engage community and promote South Asian Classical and Folk art. “We are looking to increase public understanding and appreciation of the performing arts.” explains Mr Amarjeet Singh, President of the NAAD Foundation. “We are creating opportunities particularly for our local youth to hone their talents, build confidence and develop leadership skills whilst pursuing their interest in arts through our workshops and courses in Indian classical music, dance and language studies”, he adds.   This festival benefits from strong partnerships with prominent local South Asian and other dance schools in Surrey such as Sudnya Academy, Nandanam School of Bharat Natyam, the Surrey India...

BlackBerry KEY2 Delivers the Phone of a New Generation

Computers, keyboards, mobile devices: I have an appreciation for intelligent ergonomic design, but these days, it seems like a single device won't serve you completely. My favourite laptop is a MacBook Pro. At 13", it is compact and powerful, though slightly heavy. The backlit keyboard serves a delightful punch with each stroke. The smaller 11" MacBook is the ultimate in lightweight but loses on performance and its keyboard neutered flat and awkward to save space. No computer trackpad compares to Mac. In fact, all others just outright fail. Try and you'll see. I miss the flip phone. Life was simple then. My 2007 Samsung was an elegant wedge. I loved just holding it, flicking it open one handed with my thumb and raising it to my ear with intent, then slapping it shut to end the call. Remember that? The mechanics of it so satisfying, like the graceful flicks of...
Real Estate

KPU Civic Plaza Sign Installed in Surrey Civic Plaza

The transformation of Surrey's downtown city centre is quickly gaining momentum. Civic Plaza is leading the way with a flurry of recent grand openings for Civic Hotel, Dominion Bar + Kitchen, Prado Cafe and the first annual Dominion Day outdoor concert event. Today, we saw more changes as TDH Experiential Fabricators mounted a massive new sign for Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Civic Plaza onto the landmark tower. KPU Civic Plaza sign lifted by a crane Civic Hotel and Dominion Bar + Kitchen at 3 Civic Plaza Cranes installing KPU Civic Plaza sign by TDH Experiential Fabricators KPU sign has been officially installed! 📕 A post shared by Riley 🏳️‍🌈 (@rileymfortin) on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:03pm PDT The City of Surrey was also busy beautifying the plaza today with installations of planter benches for the public to enjoy. City workers install planter benches on Civic Plaza Trees and plants beautify...
Arts and Entertainment

Guildford Library tells a First Nations story through new public artwork Raven and First Sunrise by Brandon Gabriel now installed

City of Surrey’s Public Art Program is pleased to announce the completion of a public artwork by Brandon Gabriel titled Raven and the First Sunrise at Guildford Library. Brandon Gabriel’s colourful design for the library windows depicts the First Nations story in which the raven brings sunlight to the earth. The artist tells the story: There are 37 distinct and diverse Indigenous languages in present-day British Columbia, and many more dialectal groups within those languages. This also means there are as many variations of this story as there are Indigenous histories in these lands. The Kwantlen people share their story of the first sunrise with several other Coast Salish communities and within the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language group, which includes the Musqueam, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, and Kwantlen peoples. The story takes place in a time beyond our understanding of time, in an era that precedes human habitation of this world, when life on this planet was in...

Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention Report Released

Tackling gang violence in Surrey was the priority at a recent release of the report on the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention.  Over 100 partners and guests gathered to hear about the action steps the City of Surrey is taking to prevent gang violence.  In addition to recommending enhanced police enforcement, an expanded gang exiting program and the launch of an Inadmissible Patrons Program, the Task Force is responding to the identified need for enhanced early interventions and stronger neighbourhood-based, culturally appropriate prevention programs.  The Mayor highlighted that while the City will continue to show leadership on these issues, coordinated action and funding from the federal and provincial governments is essential. “Partnerships are key when addressing complex public safety issues and I commend the City for drawing people together,” said Gordie Hogg, Member of Parliament for South Surrey–White Rock. “The Federal Government is committed to supporting Surrey in...
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