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.

Gift Giving Season: How to Give Gifts Without the Risk of Spoiling Your Children

It is entirely understandable to want to give your children everything that they ask of you, especially if you did not grow up with too many things as a child. It is only human to want to provide for your children the support that you might not have enjoyed yourself. However, there is always the risk of spoiling your kids, as they may grow used to the coddling and gift giving to the point where they expect only the best. It is why many parents often feel frustrated and unsure of what to do when it comes to the act of giving their kids gifts. After all, if you give them whatever they want it could be setting a bad example, which could lead to bad habits forming as they grow. Here are just a few tips to giving gifts without the risk of spoiling your children. Do not be...

Revenue of the British Columbia Land Based Casinos

The results from the fiscal 2017/2018 show that the gambling industry in British Columbia has achieved a record income. This success is due to the lottery, casino and eGaming sectors in the province. While it is true that all three fields of the gaming industry in British Columbia have contributed immensely to achieving ground-breaking results, the land-based casinos are a major factor in the amazing revenue increase. It is worth taking a look at the land-based casinos in British Columbia and their revenues since in the fiscal 2014/2015 it has been stated that this province has provided the highest government gambling revenue that has been distributed to non-profit organizations. As mentioned on Vancouver Courier, the City of Vancouver collects $45 million in casino revenue over the last five years. During that year, over $1 billion of gambling revenue from commercial gambling in British Columbia has contributed to the funding of...

Surrey Fusion Festival Celebrates Africa

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey announced that it will be featuring Africa – alongside other diverse cultures from around the world – at this year’s Fusion Festival. The new Celebrate Africa zone, presented in partnership with the African Heritage Festival of Music and Dance (AHFOMAD), will celebrate the continent’s vibrant history, music, dance and cuisine at Holland Park on July 20 and 21. “Surrey Fusion Festival is a platform to celebrate and learn about diverse cultures from around the world,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “We are excited to highlight Africa at this year’s free family event, and we look forward to seeing our community come together to experience this wonderful and vibrant culture.” The Celebrate Africa zone’s AHFOMAD Stage will showcase music and dance from Africa over the two days. Headlining the stage on Saturday is emerging Nigerian afro-pop artist, Peruzzi, who’s single Mata reached over 500K views...

Effective Tips to Grow Your Followers on Instagram for Business

Instagram presently has over 1 billion monthly active users. It is certainly one of the most rapidly growing social media platforms and is particularly popular with the young population as younger people seem to be a hot favorite target for many small businesses. If you are not using Instagram for Business, it is high time you started doing it if you are looking to achieve your business goals and aspirations. However, it is certainly not enough to just sign up and start posting on your Instagram business account. You obviously need to impress people so that they follow you. When you have followers, you could post pictures of your services or products. Your content would then be seen by your followers. Let us explore some practical steps for growing more followers on your Instagram business account.a Come Up with a Unique Bio There are a number of effective strategies that...

Will Vancouver Whitecaps Make The MLS Playoffs?

It’s been a slow start for the Vancouver Whitecaps. We’re almost at the halfway point in the regular season and the Caps are outside the playoffs. Vancouver welcomes Colorado Rapids to BC Place later this month needing the win. The sides around them have matches to play and Vancouver can’t risk losing ground. Will they rise to the challenge or will head coach Marc Dos Santos miss out on the playoffs in his first season? It was clear that things needed to change last season. Head coach Carl Robinson had been in charge of the Vancouver Whitecaps for almost five years. First appointed in 2013, the former Wales international was originally an assistant at the BC Place but soon got the top job. It started well for Robinson. There was a steady improvement in the side during his first two years which culminated in a trophy. Victory in the 2015...

Indian Summer Festival 2019

The 9th annual Indian Summer Festival returns to Vancouver, bringing locally and internationally renowned artists to venues across the city from July 4 to 14. With the provocative theme of ‘Tricksters, Magicians, and Oracles,’ the 2019 festival lineup features futurists, novelists, stand-up comedians, musicians and storytellers both locally and from around the world. The lineup includes: 5x15, the only Canadian edition of an international speaker series which features TED sensation Pico Iyer, literary bluesman Arthur Flowers and novelist Eden Robinson who will speak for fifteen minutes, unscripted, on a topic they are deeply passionate about. Pico Iyer on Love, Life and Mortality where he invites audiences to meditate on the age old question ‘what does it mean to be alive?’ Hari Kondabolu, named one of Variety’s ‘Top 10 Comics to Watch,’ returns to Vancouver for an evening of comedy exploring the personal and the political. Conjuring the Future, a night...

Surrey to host 2019 Canada Skateboard National Event Series

Tournament to host Canada’s top skateboarders with special guest judge Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey will welcome the 2019 Canada Skateboard National Event Series on Saturday, June 15 at the Cloverdale Youth Park. The Canada Skateboard National Event Series is a non-profit contest, featuring both men’s and women’s street skateboarding.  This series will establish the Canadian National Skateboard ranking list, which gives skaters the chance to represent Canada at international events leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. Spectators will also have the opportunity to meet Rose Archie, one of this year’s special guest judges for the competition.  Rose is a driven and passionate Indigenous skateboarder who left her home on the reserve to forge a new path through the sport.  She has become one of the most influential women in Canadian skateboarding, connecting and empowering women in her community through sport and her philosophy of staying true...

Surrey Canada Day expands with a lineup of new attractions

Surrey, BC – Surrey Canada Day, presented by Coast Capital Savings, announced today the lineup of new attractions guests can expect at this year’s free annual event. Returning to the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale, Canada Day celebrations begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 1 and this year’s celebrations are expected to be even bigger than the last. “Surrey’s Canada Day celebration is renowned for its enthusiastic displays of national pride and great entertainment,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “With the expanded line up this year, Surrey’s Canada Day will be the destination to celebrate our country’s birthday.” Attendees are invited to grab their best country hat, boots and denim for the new Cloverdale Rodeo Zone. Located inside the Cloverdale Agriplex, the area will offer country-themed activities including games, bull riding, an inflatable corn maze, axe throwing, western food vendors and live country music performances on the Rodeo Stage...

Big Splash Water Park Is Back For New Hot Summer Season

The most visited water slide park in Metro Vancouver, Big Splash Water Park, is re-opening for the summer on June 29th! The 7-acre resort style park features 13 body and tube slides, including the newest addition, The Boomerango - a six-story thrilling drop and the only slide of its kind in Western Canada. The new 2019 season will deliver action-packed fun with complimentary weekly shows featuring Vancouver’s very own Ocean Wise Aqua Van (Vancouver Aquarium), Science World British Columbia, Kirby Snell Dance Company and DJ Alibaba. Guests will have endless options for all-day thrills from slides, pools, Kids Slide & Splash Zone to hot tubs and their favourite outdoor activities like beach volleyball, basketball, ping pong tables, Vegas-style cabanas, a sports field and plenty of open grass areas for sunbathing and relaxation! The perfect summer venue for birthdays, corporate events or private parties of any size including a new Buy-Out...

School children release hundreds of butterflies at Surrey Centre Cemetery

Surrey, BC – Over 280 students from AJ McLellan Elementary School participated in the seventh annual Butterfly Release Celebration recently, at the Surrey Centre Cemetery. The annual event is part of the grade one lifecycle curriculum at AJ McLellan, educating students on the cycle of life.  For weeks, 11 classrooms raised butterflies from egg, to chrysalis, to adult butterfly and learned about their environmental impact before releasing them at the cemetery. Butterfly gardens effectively attract and sustain other insects and organisms. Their larvae provide food for birds, lizards and other wildlife. In return, this wildlife keeps these gardens free from pests. “The idea behind the event is to teach children about the cycle of life and enhance connections between the community and the cemetery,” said Yalda Asadian, City of Surrey Manager of Community Enhancement. “This event opens up conversations around life and death – an important topic we don’t often talk...

Kirti Arneja brought Bollywood to the Hard Rock Casino last weekend

On May 19th, Vancouver’s very own gifted vocalist & Bollywood singer, Kirti Arneja captivated the crowd with Bollywood hits from all eras at the Asylum Lounge at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam. Hosted by A-Town, the event saw a crowd well over 200 who danced the night away!  Songs from the past such as ‘Ek do Teen’, ‘Kya Hua Tera Vaada’,  ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ and ‘Paan’ was served during Amitabh Bachhan’s blockbuster hit ‘ Khaike Paan’ . Kirti was joined by local musicians who rocked the Bollywood tunes which had everyone dancing. Kirti has been enthralling audiences from a very young age. Not only has she attracted the attention of local celebrities but has performed with renowned Bollywood singer Mika Singh as a background singer for over 2 years. In fact, she recorded her first song with Mika Singh who said, "Kirti has a beautiful voice; I'm looking...

Gifts That Can Help Your Kids Grow

While you might prefer to be the responsible adult and not spoil your kids with expensive gifts, it is more challenging to resist the temptation of getting them what they want than many expect. While it might be preferable to go for gifts that will instead help them grow, it can be difficult to accomplish when you do not think your kids will be receptive to the gift. Fortunately, there are a few examples that stand the test of time as gifts that your kids can enjoy while simultaneously helping them grow into responsible individuals. You do not have to give in to the pressure and buy the next best smartphone or gadget when you have these gifts to choose from! Starting with the most controversial – a video game console It might seem strange that a gift which could help your children grow would be a videogame console, but...

Museum’s ‘green’ event to feature outdoor market

Sustainability focused vendors, trade-in clothing booth, workshops and more Surrey, BC | Whether you’re a recycling guru, eco-worrier, organic food lover or simply a parent who wants to teach your children about the idea of sustainable living, there’s only one place to be on June 1 - at Museum of Surrey. Lessons from the Past: Everyday Sustainability  is a free one-day event that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering hands-on fun and inspiring tips for the whole family. Outside, the plaza will be transformed into Cloverdale’s first-ever eco-themed market, featuring a variety of local vendors, a trade-in clothing booth where visitors can bring in and swap their gently used clothing, a free plant walk and more. Visitors will also learn about ‘green’ initiatives of the past with the museum’s unique artifact collection, including soap savers and sock darners. For those who want to purchase a bite to eat,...

Play Surrey Contest is now open

Local musicians can enter to win performances on the Maple Leaf Stage at Surrey Canada Day and Fusion Festival Surrey, BC – Returning for the second year, the City of Surrey has officially launched the 2019 Play Surrey Contest. This competition allows local musicians to enter to win a performance on the Maple Leaf Stage at Surrey Canada Day on July 1 and Surrey Fusion Festival on July 20. “The Play Surrey Contest is always an exciting part of both Surrey Canada Day and Fusion Festival, where we encourage local talent to participate,” said Mary Rukavina, Manager of Special Events and Filming. “Each year, we receive hundreds of applications from performers to play at our events. We have discovered so many gifted musicians and want to continue to provide a platform to connect event attendees to local performers that deserve recognition.” The City of Surrey Special Events Committee will select...

Elevate your Skin and Win with skoah!

Spring is finally in the air, the grass looks greener and the air is sweeter. Everything is anew. It’s time to come out of your shell and work on bringing that glow to your skin. It’s time to let your inner beauty shine through! We all have busy lives and we don’t want to spend hours on skin care every day. Finding a skin care routine that works for your lifestyle and keeps your skin in great condition is key. The skin experts at skoah are dedicated to creating a personalized skincare regime that will nourish your skin and fulfill your time for self -care. When you book a visit to skoah you will be taken care of by a skin care trainer who will analyze your skin, listen to your concerns and provide you with a personalized facial. Your skin care trainer will work with you to find a...
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