Surrey604 Staff

Surrey604 Staff

Surrey604 is an online magazine and media outlet based in Surrey, BC. Through writing, video, photography, and social media, we secure an intimate reach to the public. We promote local events and causes.

Sports Betting In Canada Faces Potentially Uncertain Future

Online gambling is growing at a phenomenal rate with reports suggesting that by 2022 the market will be worth a whopping $82 billion. Canada is one of 80 nations which have legalised online gambling and is particularly popular with the younger generation. The industry has grown exponentially over the last few years both online and offline, with casinos across British Columbia enjoying big numbers. That’s backed up by another casino being given the green light by the BCLC, which will see a brand new casino land in Delta. That’ll include 500 slot machines alongside table games and an all round entertainment centre, marking a profitable period for the industry in Canada. That’s right across brick-and-mortar, desktop and mobile gaming with apps becoming a bigger and bigger part of the industry. There are dozens of major bookmakers and casinos offering apps these days and you can click here to uncover just how many...
Community Board

BC Non-Profit Infinite Expansion Has a Vision to Make the World a Better, Happier Place

Infinite Expansion Foundation is a BC non-profit organization with a vision to make the world a better, happier place. Currently the Foundation is focused on organizing fundraisers and community building events that aids the homeless in the Lower Mainland and Kamloops. We hold events where we feed and clothes those with mental illnesses and whom are in need. We also offer a FREE haircut service to shelters and supportive housing. Infinite Expansion Foundation will be holding the 3rd Annual "We`re Here To Help Event" on December 18th. This coming year we will be focusing some of our resources working with at risk youth in our community. Augustino Duminuco, 29, the founder & president of Infinite Expansion Foundation understands at risk youth and the need to support them in becoming responsible adults. Over a period of 12 years, he had multiple criminal convictions, spent time in jail and was homeless. The family...

Cannabis in the workplace: Sorting through the weeds

With the recent legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018, employers have been scrambling to understand their liability in light of potential cannabis use by their employees in the workplace. Given the increased likelihood of recreational cannabis use as a result of the legalization, it is important that employers, both large and small, take steps to establish comprehensive company policies to better manage the related risks and impacts. At Watson Goepel LLP we help employers understand the implications of cannabis legalization to protect the safety of both the employees and the business itself. Managing Safety and Risk For many employers, workplace safety is a top priority. While the federal Cannabis Act permits the recreational use of cannabis, provincial legislation sets out various restrictions on cannabis. In British Columbia, the following restrictions are included: (a) use is prohibited in certain places (schools, parks, pools, etc.); (b) growing plants is subject to...

Inspire Kids through Art – Become a Surrey Art Gallery Docent!

Surrey Art Gallery, the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region, is seeking volunteers to lead weekday school group tours of its contemporary art exhibitions. Using questioning techniques and hands-on activities, volunteer tour guides - also known as docents - encourage students to explore a variety of art mediums including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, videos, and sound art. “Docents play an incredible role,” said Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Program Coordinator at Surrey Art Gallery. “They encourage elementary school students to engage with art from a young age, helping them make connections between art and ideas.” Experience is not required. All applicants with a desire to learn and contribute to the community - and who enjoy art and interacting with children - will be considered. New docents receive training and accompany senior docents on tours for the first month. Ongoing training orients docents to new exhibits through lectures...

Kapade Fashion Labels launches new boutique in the heart of downtown Vancouver

Fashion Designer Vaneesha Advani has launched Kapade Fashion Labels a new boutique in the heart of downtown Vancouver as of November 20, 2018. The boutique carries European fashion and accessories and one label from New York. “Kapade means clothes - I hope to bring a new clothing concept to Vancouver. The concept of the store is to bring in amazing capsule collections from Europe that you can mix and match - making Kapade a one stop shop. It’s all about creating a timeless, classic look.” Advani Advani will also be carrying her own collection Designs by Sonia made in Eindhoven. The store will serve as the second workshop for her line which she created in Netherlands. Her own jewellery line currently is carried in showrooms in Paris as well as Japan and one of her fans include the infamous Iris Apfel. The store is located on 440 West Hastings and...


CLOVERDALE, BC: The Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation is encouraging local charitable organizations and not-for-profit groups to submit applications for financial support. “Our organization is looking for worthy applicants to submit an online grant application for consideration of financial support,” says Foundation Chair Nicole Reader. “In particular, we are encouraging organizations that are youth focused and located in British Columbia, with funds being applied to lower Fraser Valley youth initiatives.” Applications will be considered by the organizations Board of Directors based on the criteria outlined on the Foundation website. To learn more about the grant opportunities or the Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation visit:

Trades4Trade: Trade Skills & Save Bills

It can often be difficult to seek out skilled and like-minded people to work with. You can spend hours online, sifting through search engines and social media platforms to find new people to work with and still have no luck. You may not know what their values are, what kind of person they are, if their skill set is exactly what you need; and, in the end, you may simply face the fact that their services are out of your budget. The sad truth is that in our communities we are surrounded by skilled people, people who can offer a service, and yet we have no way to communicate with them, no way to seek them out…until now. Trades4Trades is the website you need to change the way you interact and build connections in your community. A seamless way to trade skills, items, services and facilities in one easy to...

On NOVEMBER 23, 2018 over 500 youth and families participated in Drugs and Gangs forum in Surrey.

Gang activity, drugs, and violence continues to be of great concern to the residents of Surrey. With over 200 shootings in the last three years, the community has seen an exponential increase of the drugs and gang violence epidemic since 2015. Furthermore, amidst a fentanyl crisis attributing to overdose deaths, a B.C. Coroners Service report states that Surrey is one of the three townships experiencing the highest number of illicit drug overdoses in 2018. The need for prevention and intervention programs remains incredibly high. In an effort to break the cycle, Kids Play Foundation and Wake up Surrey is hosted a Drugs and Gang Forum on Sunday, November 25th at The Royal King Palace and Convention Centre in Surrey. “It is easy to get mixed up in the wrong crowd”, says Dhaliwal, a senior youth member of Kids Play. “Kids want to fit in and I am determined to give...
Food & Drink

A chicken crossed the road and a new Nando’s location was born

Earlier this month, Nando’s latest BC location opened up across the street from its old spot in North Vancouver (and we’re so glad it did). The new location boasts a casual and funky interior with authentic Southern African artwork, unique to the 13th St. E location. Nando’s is known for more than its delicious PERi-PERi chicken. It’s become a well-known pop culture phenomenon in the UK. With more than 49 Casas (restaurants) across the country each Casa offers a unique experience that can’t be duplicated. If you’re going for the food (which you should be), be sure to drench your flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken in more PERi-PERi in the spice level of your choosing. Nando’s famous PERi-PERi comes from the African Bird’s Eye Chilli, which embodies the fiery spirit of Southern Africa and is the special ingredient that makes the chicken and PERi-PERi deliciously addictive. The extensive menu is also perfect...

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival Attracts Thousands

Newly lit tree will illuminate Civic Plaza through the New Year Surrey, BC | Thousands of attendees filled Surrey’s Civic Plaza to enjoy the annual Tree Lighting Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, at Surrey’s City Hall this past Saturday. Mayor Doug McCallum, together with City Council, announced the beginning of the holiday season by flipping the switch at 6:30pm to light the 60-foot Christmas Tree that will illuminate Civic Plaza until Thursday, January 3, 2019. “Our Tree Lighting Festival is one of Surrey’s most cherished holiday traditions,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “We are proud to host this annual family event where residents can come together to celebrate the holiday season. With thousands of visitors joining us from all over the Lower Mainland, this year’s event has been another resounding success.” Candy cane tunnel 🍭 to the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival 🌲 #SurreyBC #Surrey604 #SurreyTree ☃️ 📸 @damanbeatty

Community Raises $543,000 for Cardiac Care During 12th Annual RED FM Gurpurab Radiothon

Surrey, BC: In just one day, members of Surrey’s South Asian community donated $543,000 during the 93.1 RED FM Gurpurab Radiothon, in support of cardiac care at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The community celebrated the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev ji through their donations, which will benefit the coronary care unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital. As a radio partner to the Surrey Hospital Foundation, RED FM organized the annual Radiothon and donated the airtime; 100% of the funds raised are donated to the Surrey Hospital Foundation. Donors made contributions by phone, online or by visiting the RED FM studios from 7am – 9pm on November 23, 2018. Although heart disease hits every family, the South Asian community is especially impacted. Research from Fraser Health shows those of South Asian descent are more likely develop heart disease than the rest of the population. They are also more likely to be impacted at...
Food & Drink

Internationally Acclaimed Award-Winning Chocolatiers Launch Exclusive World Cake Series From World Pastry Competitions

Wild Sweets® represented Canada on the international culinary stage and are releasing limited edition desserts from world events & competitions Canada's most acclaimed sweet chefs, Dominique & Cindy Duby from Wild Sweets®, are launching their World Cake Series in British Columbia on November 24, 2018. As part of the World Cake Series, Wild Sweets® is releasing special edition cakes that have been designed and crafted exclusively for leading world culinary events and pastry championships. Wild Sweets® collaborated with the Vancouver General Hospital UBC Foundation to preview the cakes by auctioning them off for their annual fundraising event. The official launch of the 2018 World Cake Series will kick off in time for the holiday season. Wild Sweets® are releasing the following two cakes in British Columbia offering consumers a chance to try some of the most delectable sweets in the world: ‘Cirque du Soleil’ Cake from Las Vegas | Designed...

Local Entrepreneur And Business Coach Featured In Chicken Soup For The Soul: Canadian Acts Of Kindness

New book features 101 heartwarming stories of Canadian kindness with profits supporting United Way Centraide Canada Following the tragic loss of her younger brother, Manpreet Dhillon, a local Vancouverite and business professional, began a year of travel and self-discovery to reflect on who she was and re-examine the type of life she wanted to live. Her story, ‘Thriving While Grieving’, has been selected as one of the 101 stories in the newly released Chicken Soup for the Soul: Canadian Acts of Kindness. Launched at the end of October, the book includes stories of Canadians who demonstrate caring and compassion and will leave readers inspired to embark on their own acts of kindness. Manpreet Dhillon said, “I’m honoured to be selected as one of the many Canadians featured in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Canadian Acts of Kindness. My story, ‘Thriving While Grieving’, is a personal reflection of my journey...
Arts and Entertainment

TFG Premieres At International Film Festival Of South Asia To Great Audience Response

"We had a great turnout for our film premiere at IFFSA and we are so proud to showcase this uniquely multicultural Canadian and British Columbia-based story right here in my hometown of Surrey," said writer-director-producer R. Paul Dhillon. "We had a great response to the film – the audience reactions showed that the comedy in the film comes through with lots of laughs and that the story about modern relations and love connected with it's core audience."Well known Canadian filmmaker and award-winning journalist R. Paul Dhillon's new film The Fusion Generation (DESI ANGREJ) premiered to great response at the International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA) Vancouver, the inaugural edition of the largest South Asian film festival in North America, which was held in Surrey recently. "We had a great turnout for our film premiere at IFFSA and we are so proud to showcase this uniquely multicultural Canadian and British...

7-Eleven Becomes First Convenience Retailer Chain in Canada to Accept Alipay and WeChat Pay

7-Eleven Inc. recently announced that participating stores in Canada will now accept Chinese mobile payment systems Alipay and WeChat Pay. The world’s largest convenience retailer is collaborating with cross-border mobile payment company and market leader CITCON. Alipay and WeChat Pay will now be available at 35 select locations in Vancouver and Toronto, with plans for expansion in next few months. “Digital Payments are on the rise and consumers across the world are embracing them for convenience. 7-Eleven is redefining convenience for our customers across the globe which includes providing mobile payment solutions," said Gurmeet Singh, Chief Digital Officer & Chief Information Officer of 7-Eleven. “With 67,000 stores worldwide, Alipay and WeChat Pay are just one of many solutions that we provide our global consumers so they can enjoy a frictionless experience in our stores. 7-Eleven is the first convenience retailer to provide Alipay and WeChat Pay mobile payment solutions in...
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