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.
Technology

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 đŸłïžâ€đŸŒˆ (@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...
Politics

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...
Events

7-Eleven Canada Celebrates Daring ‘Dos with Free Slurpee¼ 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...
FavouritesFeaturedMusicPeople

Who is Mauvey?

WATCH: 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 SangarĂ©. "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...
News

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...
Fashion

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 dĂ©cor 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...
Music

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...
Music

Shambhala Music Festival Announces 2018 Headliner Lineup With Claude VonStroke, Feed Me, Destructo, Mr. Carmack, REZZ, Justin Martin, Malaa, Gramatik, Snails And More

After celebrating a historic two decades last year, Shambhala Music Festival is excited to return to the pristine Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on August 10-13, 2018 for the 21st annual edition. Taking place on a breathtaking family-run farm, festivalgoers will have the chance to experience the best of what nature has to offer throughout four blissful days while witnessing hundreds of world-class artists across six unique stages that are individually curated and run by their own stage directors. The festival previously announced Canadian DJ and record producer REZZ and the pioneering electronic trio The Glitch Mob as the first two headliners, and now Shambhala has returned to announce their full headliner lineup for 2018 which includes Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke and his hip-hop leaning project Barclay Crenshaw, legendary UK dance music aficionado Feed Me, renowned DJ and event promoter Destructo, San Francisco based DJ and Dirtybird favourite Justin Martin, and hip-hop meets electronic producer Mr. Carmack. Shambhala 20 | www.ConcertSocks.com | instagram.com/ConcertSocks | facebook.com/ConcertSocks Other...
Arts and Entertainment

South Asian Filmmaker Hoping to Feature Surrey’s Fashion Community with StoryHive Pitch

Without a doubt, the diversity movement in the local film industry is booming. With Telus Storyhive’s grant applications, up and coming filmmakers are now stepping up to voice their stories. For South Asians, more content is on its way. Director and Writer Jacquile Kambo and his team are working hard to campaign for their project involving a South Asian model in the fashion industry. “Showstopper follows Anisha, an insecure model who is up against her Mom’s perfect vision as the Showstopper for their upcoming fashion show. When things don’t go well with her kickboxing coach, Anisha must hide her secrets.”, he tells us. “It focuses on a South Asian cast with strong women dominating the story. I feel it’s a story that needs to be told”. Arshdeep Purba, attached to star in the short film, says it brings a lot of awareness and focuses on its core theme of Self-...
EventsFashionFavourites

Vancouver Fashion Week FW18 Highlights

This season featured an epic line up of design talent from across the globe. Showcasing the best in local Canadian talent as well as designers representing Australia, Ghana, Japan, Chile, Korea, and more, VFW offered variety like no other. Special guest Miss J Alexander, America’s Next Top Model Coach attended the shows, and the Instagram famous Christopher the Pig brought smiles to the audience as he opened and closed the show for Bia Boro Bamboo's underwear line. Qiongxin Kou, a Chinese designer based in New York, showcased a dreamy collection of womenswear in pretty pinks, bright blues, and canary yellows. Thigh high mirror shine silver boots are contrasted with soft textured knits. Silky shining ruffles and pleated layers, flared sleeves, and printed quilted jackets demonstrate a thoughtful collection of wearable pieces. Beautiful oriental prints with delicate flowers and shapes filled the runway for Japanese label Baroque Japanesque. An earthy colour palette of...
Arts and Entertainment

Surrey based thriller film, ‘Odd Girl’ in the running for Telus StoryHive Grant

Rami Kahlon, a local writer and actor, is bringing a new thriller film to Surrey. For the past 7 years, she has had a successful career as an actor, recently working on “Noelle,” opposite Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, and on “Tom & Grant,” opposite Tom Cavanagh and Grant Gustin. Having worked on such networks as The CW, Walt Disney Pictures, and FOX, she is now passionate about contributing to local content that represents her city and its diverse population. Her script, “Odd Girl”, was an official selection and semi-finalist for the internationally held “Eat Crow Horror Scriptwriting Competition,” which has inspired her to bring the script to life. Based on a suburban school in Surrey, where ostracism is commonplace, the film is a thriller drama that revolves around two friends who fall victim to the obsession of the odd girl out. But, one of the friends quickly realizes that...
1 2 3 24
Page 1 of 24
X
X