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.
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...
Arts and EntertainmentEvents

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...
Local History

Guildford Town Centre and Museum of Surrey Hosting ‘What We Bring’ Exhibit

New Exhibit to Feature Objects and Artifacts That Local Individuals and Families Brought When First Immigrating to Canada In celebration of Canada Day, Guildford Town Centre and the Museum of Surrey will be hosting a new exhibit, What We Bring, June 25th to July 9th. The exhibit will showcase many beloved objects and artifacts that people carried with them when first immigrating to Canada. What We Bring will be open to visitors during regular mall hours at Centre Court at Guildford Town Centre. “We are very pleased to bring this exhibit to our shoppers here at Guildford Town Centre. It provides our shoppers with the opportunity to engage with the Museum of Surrey in our Centre while bringing the community together.” Kyla Way, Marketing Director, Guildford Town Centre. Some of the items that will be on display as part of the exhibit include: An antique trunk brought to Canada in 1914, by nine-year-old Elizabeth Muir when she...

7-Eleven Canada Celebrates Daring ‘Dos with Free Slurpee® This Friday, June 22

Colour crazy hair marks the start of a Slurpee-filled summer 7-Eleven Canada’s Slurpee Crazy Hair Day is back and will kick off summer with wacky hairdos as fun and colourful as Slurpee. A rainbow of vibrant styles will ring in the sun-soaked, fun-filled days ahead. For the second year, Slurpee lovers are invited to put their heads together and come up with their wildest crazy hair creations, then rock them to Sev for a quintessential treat – an ice-cold Slurpee. When you ask for just a trim...#SlurpeeCrazyHairDay is Friday, June 22nd and we want to see your wildest hair. Come into any 7-Eleven store, show us your craziest most colourful hairdos and get a free medium Slurpee (your hair will always grow back). pic.twitter.com/MCTV3Gh150— Slurpee Canada (@SlurpeeCanada) June 15, 2018 On Friday, June 22nd, 7-Eleven stores across Canada will give a free medium Slurpee drink to anyone who comes in...

Who is Mauvey?

Surrey604's Summan Kandola sits down with Afro-trap superstar, Mauvey. Uncover this rising star's creative process and world tour predictions. In 2018, Ghanaian Born, U.K. raised and BC based song writer Mauvey will release - Love Therapy part 1 - his debut project, and embark on a multinational tour (also titled Love Therapy), taking his creative team to cities in Canada, the United States, U.K. and Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Love Therapy World Tour has been designed to distribute Love through narratives created by a blend of intentional song writing, intelligent melody, hypnotic beat and vibe. Born in Ghana, West Africa, Mauvey has been influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Sarkodie, and Oumou Sangaré. "West African artists are breaking ground with staggering efforts to introduce their unique sound to the world, it’s inspiring”, says Mauvey, who's AfroTrap, Hip Hop and R&B style has also been influenced by artists like...

Light Rail Transit Vehicle Showcase Offers Street-Level View of the Future

Pictured left to right: Cllr Mike Starchuk, Cllr Tom Gill, Mayor Linda Hepner, Anita Huberman/Surrey Board of Trade CEO, Caitlin McCutchen/Kwantlen Student Association President, Phillip Aguirre/Newton BIA Executive Director, Jinny Sims/Minister of Citizens' Services, Surrey-Panorama, Cllr Vera LeFranc, Elizabeth Model/Downtown Surrey BIA CEO Mayor Linda Hepner and Surrey City Council launched the Light Rail Transit Vehicle Showcase at Central City Mall today. On hand for the launch were community, business and student advocates in support of Surrey Light Rail Transit. Over the next 9 weeks, Surrey residents will have the opportunity to explore the LRV and see what future transit technology will look like. “By having a Light Rail Transit Vehicle for our residents to explore will allow them to see firsthand the urban-style LRT that is coming soon to Surrey,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Light Rail Transit is the technology of choice for cities in Canada and around the...

Branded Indian Designers Can Now Be Found At Surrey’s Only Multi-Designer Boutique

If you are a resident of Surrey, then we’re sure you’ve likely heard or attended a big phat Indian Wedding – the week-long extravaganza with delicious food and impeccable décor and music. It’s obvious that the Indian Wedding industry is booming in Surrey and it even inspired a CBC journalist to create a documentary last year called, ‘Little India Big Business’. The documentary estimates that an Indian wedding has a price tag of $100,000. The wedding industry market has caught the eye of the top fashion designers based in India - one of India’s most famous wedding designer, Shyamal from Shyamal & Bhumika, was in town a few weeks ago to launch a collection for the first time in Surrey at House of Raina, a new designer concept boutique. Shyamal said: “As a designer based in India, it's great to see such a vibrant and growing industry in British Columbia....
Arts and Entertainment

Newly Launched 5X Festival and Conference Creates a Home for Global South Asian Culture

A block party, street bhangra battles, art nights, workshops and talks, the Metro Vancouver-based 5X Festival celebrates the evolution of global South Asian culture from June 13-17 2018. Headliners include Punjabi music superstars Sharry Mann and Jasmine Sandlas, international influencers and YouTube stars like KayRay and Manpreet Toor, and incredible local artists like Khanvict, Desi Sub Culture, and more. VANCOUVER - 5X is a world-class festival and conference showcasing contemporary desi culture from around the globe. Think SXSW meets Afropunk, right here in Metro Vancouver. After 13 years celebrating bhangra in downtown Vancouver, VIBC is replacing the City of Bhangra festival with 5X, something entirely new for both the organization and the world. With a block party, bhangra battles, art nights, workshops and artist talks taking place across Vancouver and Surrey from June 13 - 17, 5X is the coalescence of the cultural transformation moving South Asians to the forefront of...

Interview with Sam Roberts – Party For The Planet 2018

Surrey604's Summan Kandola chats with 2018 Party for the Planet headliner Sam Roberts before the big show. Summan and Sam discuss the rock star life, visiting Surrey and environmental activism. The City of Surrey will host its eighth annual Party for the Planet—BC’s largest Earth Day celebration—at Surrey Civic Plaza on Saturday, April 14 from 10am–6pm. The Surrey signature event will feature an intimate matinee headline performance by Canadian rock singer-songwriter and five-time JUNO award winner Sam Roberts at 3:15pm. Presented by TD, this year’s free festival will also include multiple performances by Vancouver-based children’s musical duo Bobs & Lolo. Additional entertainers include Vancouver’s up and coming pop and R&B group Star Captains, DJ and production group The Freshest, children’s entertainers Rockin’ Robin, the Colin Bullock Duo and the Smile Band. Festival attractions include the annual tree and plant sale, bike-powered smoothie stop, storytelling, kid’s eco-crafts, road hockey, a zip...
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