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Local artist AMRIT BAINS wants you to rock with him at the Surrey Arts Centre on August 12!

“I don’t think anybody should be discouraged. I think people who sing at a party or in the shower should feel free to do so. We should recognize that music is a language that everybody can speak.” Amrit Bains is a local singer-songwriter who is building a strong reputation in Surrey for his fun-loving attitude, high energy performances as well as lyrical messages of love, freedom and enjoying life. His self-produced music videos, which can be found on YouTube, each contain their own stories that range from wild partying to soulful ballads and have garnered him hundreds of thousands...

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Vancouver Paranormal Society to publicly host ghostly investigation at Surrey’s Camp Alexandra

Paranormal is a word that often draws intrigue. For years, humankind has tested ways to communicate with those who have passed on while others remain skeptical and reserved from the phenomenon. Vancouver Paranormal Society (VPS) has been exploring the questions of afterlife since 1993 and officially became a legitimate non-profit organization after VPS President Peter Renn took over around six years ago. Vice President Kelly Berge and Investigator Mike Lutke spoke with Surrey604 about their personal experiences with spirits as well as the public investigation of Surrey’s Camp Alexandra on July 16. “This will be our second public event...

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All Star Wrestling brings ECW hardcore-legend Tommy Dreamer to Cloverdale for 10 Year Anniversary

Love it or hate it, the art of professional wrestling has been a strong entity in the entertainment business for a long time. Beginning as far back as the 1920s, the theatrical sport consistently grew and by the 1980s professional wrestling would see a boom in popularity, bringing light to stars such as Ric Flair, Andre the Giant, “the Macho Man” Randy Savage, as well as the mainstream-wrestling posterchild, Hulk Hogan. The sport lost some of its lustre in the early 90s. Fans had grown tired of the comic-book esque characters and family friendly subject matter being broadcast by...

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From within the bleak depths of hopelessness, Pastor Dave found his light, and now aims to make Whalley shine

“Whenever I see hopelessness, I also see hope, because I used to be that hopelessness.”   Dave Morgan of Eden Whalley Church lived a life much different than what you would expect from a normal pastor. Diagnosed with dyslexia and a learning disability at a young age, Dave faced many hardships growing up, including an estranged relationship with his father. Unable to cope with the pressures of his young years, Dave dropped out of high-school, and turned to a gang-affiliated lifestyle heeded with substance abuse. “Addiction is a hard animal to beat, you can’t just wish it away,” Dave...

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Canada’s filthiest rappers to honour three years of Smoked Out Battles

UPDATE: Watch Smoked Out Battles 3 Year Anniversary Smoked Out Battles is a competition that pits Canada’s dankest verbal maestros against each other in a raw, no-holds-barred contest of wits, flow, and poetically delivered fire. “Rap battling can be intense. It’s in your face, rough, and sometimes can get downright ugly,” confirms Red Shirt Mike, organizer and host of Smoked Out’s founding Surrey division. Red Shirt Mike and company are preparing for the Smoked Out Battles third year anniversary show, to begin at the league’s primary venue, Surrey’s Peacock Bar & Grill, on January 27th. The two day event...

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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 ❯