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.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
BC’s own Shambhala Music Festival is an annual meetup of those looking to share a one of a kind music and soul-filled experience. Located at Salmo River Ranch, this family and volunteer-run event encourages peace, love and unity amongst artists and attendees alike, opening individuals to a sense of free-spiritedness and self-discovery. Many patrons have thanked the Shambhala experience for breaking them out of their shell, opening their mind and getting them more in tune to who they truly are and aim to become. Enhancing this Woodstock-esque psychedelic mentality are six stages that over the years have evolved into spectacles of their own.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
Their own sounds, their own vibes, their own set of attendees and artists to groove ‘til sunrise. It’s encouraged that you visit each stage at least once. Part of the beauty of Shambhala is stumbling into the unexpected and embracing what feels right in the moment, opening yourself to new musical styles and ways of being. The Village, Pagoda, Grove, Living Room, Amphitheatre and Fractal Forest are rounded with artists from all over the globe, including many of BC’s veteran bass-droppers and up and comers. Surrey604 wants to shout out some BC performers who look to lay it all down on our home turf.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_image _builder_version=”3.0.65″ src=”https://omgsurrey604.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/surrey604/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/River1_2016_08_07_BJ_Sham-4621.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” sticky=”off” align=”center” always_center_on_mobile=”on” border_style=”solid” force_fullwidth=”off” animation=”off” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
EXCISION | Hometown: Kelowna | Genre: Dubstep | Stage: the Village (Saturday, 12:00am)
A key force in Dubstep’s rise to prominence in the early 2010s, Excision continuously innovates in an effort to push the capacities of the genre. A Shambhala veteran, 2017 will mark the artist’s 10th anniversary at the festival. Each year, Excision aims to top his previous performance, artfully mixing some of the heaviest and outright dankest robotic tunes to blast our earholes. Often drenched in unreleased tracks, Excision’s Shambhala mix is amongst the most anticipated annual dance-music releases. With a mammoth 2-hour set to celebrate his 10th year at the farm, there’s no doubt Excision is looking to make this his phattest drop yet.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_video _builder_version=”3.0.65″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfdlZhyfCIk” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
KYTAMI (w/Phonik Ops) | Hometown: Vancouver | Genre: Violin, Drum & Bass | Stage: the Village (Friday, 9:00pm)
“Violinist Extremist” Kytami will be bringing her own innovative sound to Shambhala. Masterfully blending the hard-hitting electro stylings of drum & bass, dubstep and hip-hop with classical violin, this born-to-be musician is sure to wow those unfamiliar with her live-performance. A graduate of the Vancouver Academy of Music, Kytami teams up with producer Phonik Ops to deliver a classically delivered set of epic bass juxtaposed with ferociously fiddled strings. The duo released the album Renegade earlier this year.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
THE LIBRARIAN | Hometown: Squamish | Genre: Deep | Stages: Amphitheatre (Thursday, 1:00pm), the Grove (Friday, 10:30pm)
There’s not a lot to say about the Librarian, yet her sound is deep. This Bass Coast Festival co-founder has been washing out the West with her loudly meditative jibes for nearly a decade. Expect to be immersed completely into a spiritual abyss as the deep dubs wub into your subconscious.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image _builder_version=”3.0.65″ src=”https://omgsurrey604.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/surrey604/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Amphitheatre-Stage.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” sticky=”off” align=”center” always_center_on_mobile=”on” border_style=”solid” force_fullwidth=”off” animation=”off” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
THE FUNK HUNTERS (w/Chali 2na) | Hometown: Vancouver | Genre: Future Funk, Space Bass | Stages: the Village (Friday, 10:00pm), Fractal Forest (Saturday, 2:00am)
Vancity boys the Funk Hunters have been making waves for a long time. Armed with two sets this year, the duo will not only be dropping their funkadelic grooves in the outworldly psychedelic kingdom known as Fractal Forest, but also have a highly anticipated performance alongside Jurassic 5 rap legend Chali 2na in the bass-inhabiting jungle-pit we call the Village. In 2016, the trio dropped their fire collaborative record: ILLectric EP.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_video _builder_version=”3.0.65″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVtTNHkviGw” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
DATSIK | Hometown: Kelowna | Genre: Dubstep, Bass House | Stage: Pagoda (Saturday, 2:30am), the Village (Sunday, 12:00am)
It’s hard to say where the bass music genre would be without Firepower Records kingpin Datsik. Rising the ranks amongst dubstep’s greatest, there’s no doubt that he’s left a considerable mark on the electronic music scene. Not only will this Shambhala vet be lurking the Village with his heavy, non-apologetic machine-gun dubstep heat, he will also be spinning some heavy bass-house at the Pagoda with his side project Ephwurd.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image _builder_version=”3.0.65″ src=”https://omgsurrey604.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/surrey604/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/The-Village-Stage-02.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” sticky=”off” align=”center” always_center_on_mobile=”on” border_style=”solid” force_fullwidth=”off” animation=”off” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
NEON STEVE | Hometown: Victoria | Genre: All Genres | Stage: Fractal Forest (Friday, 9:00pm)
Neon Steve is known for blending opposite-spectrum genres in conventionally unconventional ways. A resident Shambhala DJ, Neon Steve’s style can only be described as a box of chocolates, you just don’t know what you’re gonna get. With goal of keeping his set lively, energetic and with a little something for everybody, Neon Steve will mix anything from the hottest underground bangers to old-school pop hits.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
SKIITOUR | Hometown: Whistler | Genre: Funk, Party Music | Stage: Amphitheatre (Thursday, 5:30pm)
Most aim to climb the mountain, these two funky party rockers were born on top of it. Hailing from the great-white Whistler, this duo lives to shred hills and spin killz. SkiiTour has left their spirited mark at the marquee Amphitheatre and are expected to set the party-vibes right while the sun is still shining on Shambhala’s opening night.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image _builder_version=”3.0.65″ src=”https://omgsurrey604.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/surrey604/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/River2_2016_08_07_BJ_Sham-6206.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” sticky=”off” align=”center” always_center_on_mobile=”on” border_style=”solid” force_fullwidth=”off” animation=”off” /][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
SUBSCURA | Hometown: Vancouver | Genre: Performance Art | Stage: the Grove (Friday, 10:15pm), Living Room (Saturday, 3:00am)
Producer’s and DJ’s aren’t the only types of artists you’ll find at Shambhala. Alongside the many tattooers, painters, yoga instructors and artists of the like you’ll find the all-female performance-collective Subscura. Through theatrical dance, hooping and further mediums, the group’s goal is to guide the audience through connection and reflection, often portraying themes such as psychology, exploration and social conditioning, among many more. It’s a rare treat to see a performance of this magnitude in such a setting. If you’re looking for an unique and artful experience, Subscura is surely not one to miss.
SACK GRABBATH | Hometown: Nelson | Genre: Metal | Stage: Living Room (Friday, 9:00pm)
Further expanding the all-inclusive nature of Shambhala is probably the most off-centre performance you’d expect at the mostly-electronic music festival. Black Sabbath cover-band Sack Grabbath look to recreate the classic sounds of Ozzy Osbourne’s signature vocals, Tony Iommi’s distorted guitars, Geezer Butler’s downtuned bass licks and Bill Wards pounding drums, as a tribute to the heavy metal pioneers. There’s no doubt this set has potential to be a Shambhala Metalhead meeting grounds.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image _builder_version=”3.0.65″ src=”https://omgsurrey604.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/surrey604/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/The-Grove-Stage.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” sticky=”off” align=”center” always_center_on_mobile=”on” border_style=”solid” force_fullwidth=”off” animation=”off” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
STICKYBUDS | Hometown: Kelowna | Genre: Funk, Breaks |Stage: Fractal Forest (Saturday, 12:00am)
After 12 years with Shambhala, he’s undoubtedly marked the festival a home close to the heart. One of the grooviest DJ’s on the bill, Stickybuds ragga-style funky breakbeats make you one with the vibrations. Stickybuds keeps your mood high, your grins wide and your booties bouncing freely into the night.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_video _builder_version=”3.0.65″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vwsWjVd1eU” /][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.65″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” border_style=”solid”]
This is only a small handful of amazing BC artists who will be at Shambhala this year, not to mention all the outside-BC and international performers. With stage renovations and a completely sold out stock of tickets, there’s no doubt the four-day festival’s 20th anniversary will hold its biggest bill yet. Whether you’re grooving to the beats, taking a dip in the river or connecting with fellow human beings, Shambhala will prove to be a unique and magical experience. Happy Shambs! See you on the farm, fam.
Full Lineup: shambhalamusicfestival.com/artists/alphabetical
Need a ticket? Shambhala Music Festival 2017 (August 11-14) is Sold Out. However, owner tickets are regularly put up for sale on the Shambhala Ticket Exchange Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/shambhalaticketexchange/[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
7 shows you didn’t know were filmed in Surrey
The city has been a prime location for many famous TV shows. Here is a list of some of our favourite shows filmed in Surrey.
You’ll be surprised to know that the hit Netflix series Riverdale has filmed some scenes in Surrey, along with other famous places across BC like Rocko’s Diner and the Twilight Drive-In Theatre. The most notable place in Surrey is Bear Creek Park where in Season 5 the football workout scene was filmed.
Not to be confused with the movie featuring Ezra Miller (who knows what’s happening with the DC movies anyway?), CW’s The Flash has also filmed around Surrey and the Lower Mainland. You can see many familiar places like Surrey City Hall and Central City Mall.
While this show may claim to take place in San Francisco, and it’ll do everything it can to convince you it was filmed there, this remake starring Josh Peck was filmed right here in BC. Specifically, the exterior of the police station that Turner works at is Surrey City Hall. You can even see the evidence of the Take Five afe right outside.
The DC movie universe just seems to love filming in Surrey. Peacemaker, starring everyone’s favourite John Cena, filmed scenes in Surrey.
Surrey’s City Hall can be seen in The Good Doctor as the exterior of the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Now why they wouldn’t use the actual Surrey Memorial Hospital as a hospital is beyond us.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has used a couple of different locations in Surrey for filler shots like in Redwood Park for scenes in the woods. But it also converted a closed storefront into Cerberus Books, a bookstore from the series. Without the signs, it may be difficult to locate, but you can find the building used for this bookstore at 5657 176 St.
Based on the book of the same name by Steven King, The Stand was also filmed in Surrey. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård, and James Marsden (yes, this is the guy from Sonic the Hedgehog), this story takes place “After the world is in ruins, due to a man-made plague,” and “a battle of biblical proportions ensues between the survivors.” It shot scenes throughout BC, but most notably is the Pacific Inn Resort, which was used to film interior shots for the Flagg Hotel in the show.
Famous Wrestler ‘Shakes Up’ Surrey Artifact Collection
John Tenta ‘Earthquake’ memorabilia now on display at Museum of Surrey
Surrey, BC – The legacy of WWF wrestler John Tenta, known worldwide as ‘Earthquake’ is being celebrated with a display of memorabilia in the Museum of Surrey’s latest feature exhibition ‘Shake Up: Preserving What We Value.’
Visitors will have the opportunity to see the former Surrey resident’s iconic 1991 action figure, “The Wrestler” Magazine, featuring Earthquake vs. Hulk Hogan from 1990, a deck of trading cards and more in the exhibit’s pop culture section.
“Earthquakes are some of nature’s most powerful forces, and John Tenta certainly evokes that energy with the persona he created, which makes his legacy a perfect fit for the exhibit,” said Curator of Exhibits, Colleen Sharpe.
‘Shake Up: Preserving What We Value’ was originally developed by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Using cultural objects, art, and multimedia displays, the exhibit tells the story of earthquakes—and other natural disasters—through Indigenous knowledge passed down through oral histories.
To complement the multi-media installations, MOS added Surrey-specific content from the Heritage Surrey Collection, including the recent acquisition of Tenta’s memorabilia.
Kristin Hardie, Curator of Collections, says the memorabilia acquired for the Surrey Artifact Collection is one example of how objects can serve as a connection point with our community’s memory.
“We are thrilled to be able to preserve the amazing story of a ‘Surreyite’ who rose to the highest levels of his sport and who became famous on a global scale.
We hope that these items both preserve John Tenta’s legacy in his hometown and encourage his neighbours and fans to share their memories and stories about him.”
Hardie recently reached out to Tenta’s son, Jeff Tenta, who resides in Florida with his wife and two children. When asked how he felt about his father being included in the exhibit and his story being preserved and shared at the museum, he responded that it was a proud moment for the family.
“We’re happy that his community appreciates it – it’s good to know people care,” he said. Preserving and Sharing Surrey’s Stories. Heritage Services administers a large civic artifact collection, which consists of over 20,000 objects.
Already a world junior wrestling champion by age 20, Tenta first rose to fame in Japan, where he spent eight months as a sumo wrestler. He and his family returned to his hometown of Surrey from approximately 1989 to 1996, where he was affectionally known as ‘Big John’ to local media.
By 1989, Tenta was a full-time member in the WWF with the name, Earthquake. In 1993, Tenta headlined a West Coast wrestling competition at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.
In 2006, Tenta passed away from bladder cancer at the age of 42. His sister, Brenda, currently resides in Langley.
‘Shake Up: Preserving What We Value’ runs until June. Visitors must pre-register for one hour long self-guided visits, which are available from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday. Visitors can register by visiting emailing or by calling 604-592-6956.
The museum follows all citywide COVID- 19 safety protocols as per Health BC, City of Surrey and Worksafe BC. Masks are mandatory. Registration required for every person in your family group, including infants. For more information, visit us.
For more information about the Surrey Artifact Collections, visit our site. The City’s artifact collection can also be viewed virtually using the Surrey Archives & Museums free Online Access (SAMOA).
A Symbol of Welcome at Museum of Surrey
The Rivers that Connect Us by kʼwyʼiʼyʼe Spring Salmon Studio
Surrey, BC – A new public artwork has been installed at Museum of Surrey, the final component of the Museum expansion. The artwork is easily viewed by those travelling along Highway 10. Designed and fabricated locally by kʼwyʼiʼyʼe Spring Salmon Studio (Drew Atkins, Phyllis Atkins, and Aaron Jordan),
The Rivers that Connect Us is a monumental sculpture that makes an important contribution to the Cloverdale Historic District by acknowledging and reflecting the longstanding presence of First Nations peoples.
The artwork’s five-metre-tall, illuminated paddles are raised to the sky recalling a traditional Coast Salish gesture indicating peace and respect made when a canoe traveller approached a village.
The artwork’s welcoming gesture is intended to honour the diversity of newcomers arriving in Surrey and the traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples.
The sculpture’s four paddles encircle a 3.5-metre round base that features a design inspired by the traditional form of a Coast Salish spindle whorl, a tool used by Coast Salish women to spin wool for weaving.
The base also references a compass and the four directions. The Salish Eye designs around the base of the paddles represent the seven traditional teachings of the Kwantlen peoples: health, happiness, generations, generosity, humility, forgiveness, and understanding.
While referencing the deep history of the land and the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples including the q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓, q̓ic̓əy̓, and səmyəmɑʔɬ (Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations) and traditional Coast Salish design, the sculpture also incorporates innovative technology with its steel and polycarbonate materials and programmable LED lighting.
Community consultation guided this public art opportunity from the outset. Multiple community engagement sessions were held, culminating in a group of Cloverdale residents serving on a panel to select the artists and artwork concept.
One of the key recommendations from the community was that the sculpture serve as a gateway feature for travellers to Cloverdale and the City of Surrey. The lighting will ensure the artwork is visible at night and fulfills the expectation of the Cloverdale community.
The artwork also offers an invitation to learn more about Surrey’s history, located beside Museum of Surrey (17710 56A Avenue) and Surrey Archives (located in the 1912 Municipal Hall).
For the artists, The Rivers that Connect Us provided an important opportunity to mark the traditional territories on which Surrey is built.
They say, “The Fraser River and its local tributaries—the Salmon, Serpentine, and Nicomekl Rivers—formed a transportation network that connected First Nations people in the area since time immemorial. Relied upon for resource gathering, travel, and trade, these rivers were traversed by canoes from many nations. Presently, the Highway 10 corridor, and its many connecting roads, is today’s river.”
The artwork’s title, The Rivers That Connect Us, is a reminder and an invitation to a shared human connection regardless of cultural or ethnic backgrounds.
About the Artists
Drew Atkins (Nəq̓ɑɬc̓i) is a member of the Kwantlen First Nation community by marriage to his wife and fellow artist, Phyllis Atkins (q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ’s). He works in many mediums including painting, drawing, carving, and sculpture.
He was trained in the Coast Salish carving tradition while apprenticing with his dear friend and mentor Xwa-lack-tun (Rick Harry). Atkins owns and operates K’wy’iye’ Spring Salmon Studio and Gallery in unceded Fort Langley, BC with Phyllis Atkins. springsalmonstudio.com
Phyllis (Qwoy’tic’a) Atkins is an artist of the Kwantlen First Nation whose name means “I wear the clouds like a blanket” or “Shrouded in clouds.” Her name comes from the Nɬeʔkepmx language and it was given to her by her maternal grandfather Hereditary Chief Anthony Joe of the Shakan Band (Thompson River People).
Phyllis is also part Sto:lo (People of the river). Phyllis has taken oil painting lessons from Barbara Boldt and hand-carved silver jewelry lessons by Master Carver Derek Wilson. She is a renowned painter and jeweler at their home on Kwantlen First Nation in Fort Langley. springsalmonstudio.com
Aaron Jordan grew up surrounded by artists and craftsmen of all mediums. Working for a few years in art galleries and museums led Aaron to attend Langara College to study fine arts. He went on to discover the world of film and was swept up by the creativity and diversity of the industry while working as a sculptor and carpenter building sets and props. ajordancreation.com
About Surrey’s Public Art Program
Established in 1998, Surrey’s Public Art Program contributes to the creation of a lively, beautiful, inclusive, and complete community. The City’s art collection reflects community identity, cultural diversity, and Indigenous heritage.
Public art contributes to placemaking across the City and its sustainable socio-economic development. Among the 100+ artworks in Surrey’s public art collection are mosaics, paintings, and interactive sculptures that remember Surrey’s history, enhance infrastructure, and honour the surrounding natural environment.
From subtle to iconic, public art can be found in the City’s parks, on pathways, streets, SkyTrain pillars, and civic buildings throughout the City of Surrey. For more information about the Public Art Program and the collection, visit surrey.ca/publicart
Recent Past Meets Speculative Future In Mark Soo’s Video Installation (Apr 17)
Surrey, BC – Surrey Art Gallery launches their spring exhibit Mark Soo: Twilight on the Edge of Town on Facebook Live and YouTube on Saturday, April 17 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. PST with a talk by the artist that will be available for replay afterwards.
Drawing from an archive that evokes the history of science fiction film, 3D animation, documentary photography, and literature, Mark Soo’s newest video artwork explores the nature of perception and the limits of storytelling.
Through his juxtapositions of visual and experiential phenomena, this project stimulates poetic associations to place, reality, and imagination.
Across multiple screens, the artist creates an immersive choreography of visual elements over twenty-five minutes. Holographic images depict objects and events of the seemingly everyday where surreal log jams and raindrops mingle with flickering streetlights and backyard scenes.
An ambient soundtrack includes the voices of a child and adult simultaneously narrating the images, one in a speculation on the future and the other in a recollection of the past. Experienced in an ambiguous present, remembrance slips into projection and past and future are intertwined.
Mark Soo says, “I’ve tried to make a work that speaks to a complicated relationship to where we are, and of how we perceive that in terms of time and the relation to space.”
The result is part theatre, experimental cinema, and art installation. “By experimenting with the relationship between image and sound, fact and fiction,” says curator Jordan Strom, “Soo’s large-scale environment is a compelling meditation on the nature of individual and collective memory.”
Twilight on the Edge of Town builds on Soo’s work of the past decade and a half, including his interests in photography and film, the history of social movements, and experiments with the technological image. Surrey Art Gallery and Wirklichkeit Books, Berlin, will be co-publishing a catalogue about Mark Soo: Twilight on the Edge of Town in the fall of 2021.
Twilight on the Edge of Town is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded in part through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
Other exhibitions at Surrey Art Gallery include Art by Surrey Secondary Students, a display of collages, drawings, and paintings from local youth (closes April 30) and the artist video Yam Lau: Hutong House. At UrbanScreen, Surrey Art Gallery’s offsite art venue, the Flavourcel collective presents I Spy a City, a series of animations that capture different sights in Surrey (closes May 2).
About Mark Soo
Mark Soo was born in Singapore. He graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2001 and currently lives and works in Vancouver and Berlin. He works in a variety of media including photography, sound, and video, which he uses to investigate notions of perception, modes of representation, and considerations of social space.
Soo draws on diverse sources ranging from art history to popular and social histories. He has had solo exhibitions in Vancouver, Berlin, and London and has participated in numerous group exhibitions.
About Surrey Art Gallery
Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery, located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey on the unceded territories of the Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) nations, is the second largest public art museum in Metro Vancouver.
Founded in 1975, the Gallery presents contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, including digital and audio art. Its extensive public programs for children through to adults aim to engage the public in an ongoing conversation about issues and ideas that affect our communities and to provide opportunities to interact with artists and the artistic process.
Admission is free. Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, Province of BC through BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Surrey Art Gallery Association.
Surrey Art Gallery will continue to present Art Together, a series of online programs that began in March 2020 and explore art and artists in the community, spark the imagination, and celebrate the ways that art can impact our lives.
Visit our website, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. surrey.ca/artgallery
Shake Up: Preserving What We Value
Indigenous knowledge, science and pop culture unite to address ‘the Big One’
Surrey, BC – Museum of Surrey announces its latest feature exhibition, Shake Up: Preserving What We Value, coming March 11 to June 6. Through multimedia installations, art, and cultural objects, Shake Up examines the knowledge of earthquakes and natural disasters that has been passed down for generations through First Nations oral histories.
“It’s about reflecting on what we value, and how we ensure we keep our loved ones and stories safe,” said Museum of Surrey manager, Lynn Saffery, of the exhibit that was originally developed by Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
As part of the immersive exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity board an electric car and take a simulated drive down a San Francisco street, featuring never-before-seen footage of the big 1906 quake aftermath. Visitors can get up close to an earthquake-proof yurt, built locally in Langley.
The theme of earthquakes in pop culture is explored through movie posters, cards, earthquake toys and the famous WWF wrestler, ‘Earthquake.’ Surrey-specific content and artifacts from the Heritage Surrey collection will also be on display.
Free pre-registered, one-hour self-guided visits of the museum are available from Wednesday to Saturday. The museum follows all citywide COVID-19 safety protocols as per Health BC, City of Surrey and WorkSafe BC. Masks are mandatory. Registration required for every person in your family group, including infants. Call 604-592-6956 or email email@example.com to register.
Museum of Surrey is a dynamic and accessible community hub and cultural space that reflects the City of Surrey’s innovation and creativity.
It is a people museum, with a mission to connect people and stories through engaging events, interactive award- winning exhibits, programs, textiles and local, national and international exhibitions, as well as public space for rentals. The site, located at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey, is on the Heritage Campus, home to Veterans Square, Anderson Cabin, 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School.
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