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Stephano Barberis | Local Music Video Director Bends the Rules of His Genre

Stephano Barberis is a local music video director born in Kitimat, British Columbia. Finding a niche directing videos mostly for Country music artists, Barberis, to date, has won 18 consecutive BC Country Music Awards (BCCMA,) 10 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA,) and was nominated for two MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA,) amongst a plethora of other award wins and nominations. With such an impressive trophy-shelf, one would assume that Barberis has been developing his craft since his early days with ambitions of always one day being a cinematic director. In his rare case, however, Barberis confirms that he was arbitrarily...

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A Historic Look Into Surrey: A City of Stories

Surrey, British Columbia is met with a mixed reputation in the eye of our surrounding provinces. For years, the media has put a main focus on negative events that take place, as it does with most cities, never bringing attention to our growing community, developing infrastructure, and the unique, good-hearted people that choose to call this place home. What most don’t know is that Surrey possesses a rich history far greater than what many of its inhabitants could imagine. In celebration of Canada 150, author K. Jane Watt has penned Surrey: A City of Stories , which she hopes...

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Famous Slayer: Potter’s House Of Horrors Returns to Forge New Nightmares

It was a dark and stormy night. Gusts of wind rustled the Autumn leaves as chimes wavered calmly beneath the misted moonlight. An eerie sense of fear and excitement washed over the city of Surrey in the year of 2003. A new monster had made it’s presence known, latching on to our deepest nightmares. Legend has it that this monstrosity rises every Halloween season to bring terror and anguish to those who seek its thrill. Patrons of Surrey: Beware. Potter’s House of Horrors has returned from the dead. “Attendees should expect to scream… Attendees should expect to lose their...

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Shambhala Music Festival: An Unaltered Tale of My Altered Journey

Featured Image | Shambhala Music Festival It’s 10am on Tuesday, I have just awoken from a nearly 19-hour sleep. I left Shambhala at around 5:30am Monday morning, although it felt more like Sunday night. I walked straight to my friend Steve’s car after spending the entire evening roaming the festival under the guidance of MDMA, LSD and watered down liquor, more on this later. The first few days after Shambhala are always a little strange, I had just checked out of real-world living for the better part of four days. “Normal” doesn’t feel normal at all, at least not...

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Homegrown: Surrey604’s Top BC-Born Artists to Look out for at Shambhala Music Festival 20th Anniversary

British Columbia is known worldwide for a number of different reasons. The beautiful and natural greens that surrounds the province, the cleanly-coated white mountains of Whistler, the multicultural diversity that inhabits the Seattle-meets-Hollywood Canadian hybrid that is the city of Vancouver. Most of us also won’t forget about that sweet-sweet BC bud. Greenery is not all that grows within these Western Canadian soils, however. Lurking the electronic dance music community is a plethora of British Columbian artists with dreams of making the world a bouncier place. BC’s own Shambhala Music Festival is an annual meetup of those looking to...

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Day 3 at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W18

Published 3/22/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

King & Reign Photo by Tristen Williams

Featured image credit: Tristen Williams Photo – King & Reign

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 – Vancouver, BC –at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver, was a night to highlight local design talents from Vancouver and Canada as a whole.

VCC kicked off the night with a wide variety of grad student talent. James Jurome created a fresh collection of edgy menswear with a military… read more ❯

Day 2 of Vancouver Fashion Week F/W18

Published 3/21/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Tristen Williams Photo - Bone and Busk by Katharina Mior

Featured image credit: Tristen Williams Photo – Bone and Busk by Katharina Mior
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 – Vancouver, BC
Tuesday evening at the Vancouver runway started with a succession of local BC based designers
at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver. Atelier Grandi showcased new collection Avium, bringing elements of nature to the runway. Inspired by winter birds of the north,… read more ❯

Vancouver Fashion Week Opens F/W18

Published 3/20/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Feature Image by Aziz Dhamani

Monday, March 19th, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver.
Vancouver Fashion Week kicked off the week in style with a sensational selection of designers as part of the designers preview showcase. 14 brands exhibited one key look from their Fall/Winter 2018 collections as a tease of the incredible talent that we are to see… read more ❯

Clean Sweep Week, April 21 – 28

Published 3/19/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up your community!
Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to organize their own clean up during Clean Sweep Week,
April 21 to 28, 2018.
Choose a location in Surrey to clean up, gather a group of volunteers and contribute to keeping Surrey clean!
Sign up before the deadline on April 1, 2018. Click on link… read more ❯

Mighty Speck Records: BC’s Community Music Label Has A Grand Purpose

Published 3/17/2018 in Sr3y

Written by Johnny Papan

“In probably 2013 I wrote a poem called the Mightiest Speck of Dust. The first line was: ‘The mightiest speck of dust, that’s us.’ I started thinking about something small having a grander purpose and being able to achieve big things. It reminded me of the Margaret Mead quote: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the… read more ❯