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HSBC City of Bhangra Festival May 30 to June 8 2013

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The adventure in Music, Dance and Community-Building continues May 30 – June 8th.

The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC) Society is thrilled to once again host the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival this spring, allowing the organization to build community for all through the celebration and joy of Bhangra. VIBC is also pleased to welcome back HSBC Bank Canada as the event’s title sponsor. This spring marks the ninth year the VIBC has held the festival.

Highlights of the 2013 Festival:

• One of the Festival’s favourite intercultural mash-up events, rePercussion, will be presented in both Surrey and Vancouver this year
• Presenting artists from the UK who have never performed here before
• 20 hours of free programming
• Partnering with Surrey Art Gallery and with Music on Main
• Opportunities for international and local artists and fans to meet and exchange ideas

The HSBC City of Bhangra Festival celebrates the music and dance of Bhangra in all its variations, with its potential to attract disparate communities and shatter barriers between people. It’s about community. Its roots are in harvest celebrations of the northern Punjab. After Partition some of today’s popular rhythms and dances were first developed. The diaspora brought Bhangra out of South Asia. Driven by the dhol drum, performed in eye-poppingly brilliant and detailed costumes, Vancouver and Surrey are home to dozens of Bhangra teams. Once a year this region is a home-away-from-home for Bhangra dancers, musicians and DJs from around the world.

Our popular rePercussion returns – May 30 at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver, and June 6 at the Surrey Arts Centre. Vancouver Community College’s Sal Ferreras, widely known for his intercultural work, has once again curated and programmed a stunning percussion mash-up, representing South Asian, Brazilian, and First Nations traditions as well as street music and more.

Featured in repercussion, Sunil Kalyan is returning to HSBC City of Bhangra Festival for a second time. He is famous the world over for his own percussion style. Master of Indian percussion, he has given birth to a 4th dimension in the Punjabi industry, as Punjabi MC in the Bhangra and mainstream industries, featured on “Get Your Freak On” by Missy Elliot, “Beware of the Boys”, and recording with Timbaland.

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Sunil Kalyan. Photo VIBC

A Raw Folk singer hailing from Punjab, Saini Surinder was brought forward to the world in 2010 by rapidly expanding label E3UK. Saini Surinder quickly made his name with the release of the singles “Mundra”, “Get Funky” and “Gabru Rangeeleh”, and is set to release a massive collaboration alongside Dr Zeus on E3UK!

A talented producer and musician, Gupsy Aujla has been an ever-present name in the UK Bhangra scene for nearly a decade now. He has been behind some of the biggest singles of the past few years alongside Saini Surinder: “Bhangra”, “Get Funky” and “Sida Sada” all having released on E3UK Records.

For more than a decade, DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid have played a transformative role in the Portland, Oregon club scene. They are most known for incinerating dance floors with the South Asian sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood, but the duo scours the globe for any hard-hitting music that combines local musical traditions with window-rattling production.
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DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid Photo VIBC

Bhangra on Main also returns – June 4 at Heritage Hall on Main Street – featuring DSarb. Still a teenager, he was born and raised in Oxford. He first began performing when he was just 3 years old playing Dholak alongside his father at weddings. He then went on to train under Ustad Nafees Irfan where he groomed his vocal, tabla and harmonium skills. His talents caught the ear of Urban Desi music producer D-Boy who signed D-Sarb to his new record label, BeatCircle in 2010.

Spectacular Sangeet is presented in collaboration with VIBC at the Surrey Art Gallery, from April 13 through June 15. Music and dance have long inspired visual artists to make pictures. More recently, South Asian performing arts traditions have sparked visual artists around the world to re-imagine ‘Sangeet’ (music and dance) in a variety of electronic media and innovative forms. This exhibition features artists from Canada and England who engage with South Asian music and dance traditions to illuminate questions about the body and music, the individual and the group, gender and spirituality. Including photo-paintings of Bharatnatyam dance, Bollywood poster collage, and kinetic photo-sculpture, the exhibition incorporates diverse genres of Sangeet: from Giddha to Rock, and classical dance to contemporary movement. Featuring Chila Kumari Burman, Oliver Husain, Harminder Singh Judge, Project Rainbow, Ron Sangha, Jack Shadbolt, Ikbal Singh, and Meera Margaret Singh. Co-curated by Naveen Girn and Jordan Strom.

On Saturday, June 1, InFlux with VIBC’s Media Arts Mehfil is a fabulous evening of live music mash-ups, Hip Hop dance battles, and art projections returns to the Surrey Art Gallery. Featuring a twist on the traditional mehfil style, this informal gathering of digital media artists, musicians and dancers brings together new collaborations grounded in the mehfil’s emphasis on improvisation, collaboration, and a sense of play. Featuring performers Mohammad Assani, DJ A-Slam, Sammy Chien, Tad Hozumi, Rup Sidhu, and others. For ages 19 to 30.

The HSBC City of Bhangra Festival winds up on the weekend of June 7 and 8 with a festival in itself. Downtown Bhangra offers dozens of performers from overseas (including those above), plus Bhangra teams from all over North America and Metro Vancouver in two-days of non-stop concerts and performances on the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. This open-air festival attracts Bhangra fans, hipsters, shoppers, families, and hip seniors to the incessant, infectious rhythms and colourful sights onstage. Friday, June 7 from 6 to 10pm, and Saturday, June 8 from noon to 10pm.

More exciting artists and activities will be announced in coming weeks!

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twitter.com/VIBC
youtube.com/VIBC
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Fatima was born and raised in Surrey. She is a yoga fanatic and loves aromatherapy. Her professional experiences are in Community Development, Communications/Marketing, & Human Resources. Fatima has been an active volunteer within the community for several years. With a passion for the creative and a love for the entrepreneurial spirit, Fatima is excited to bring something new to our city.

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6 events for you to check out in Surrey: July 1–9

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From ice cream making to free concerts in the park, there is so much to do in Surrey (@thecityofsurrey / Instagram)

Looking for something to do? Well, you’re in luck! There is so much to do in Surrey this week.

 

Surrey Canada Day

Canada Day 2022 is coming up quickly and the City of Surrey has plenty of plans to celebrate. You can check out an Indigenous Village, the Summer Market, or enjoy some live music from artists like Arkells! There will also be plenty of food trucks and amusement park rides to enjoy. You can check out our previous article for a full breakdown of everything happening. 

Address: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176th St and 64th Avenue, Surrey

 

Ice Cream Making

From July 1 to 3 you can visit the Historic Stewart Farm to learn how to make your own homemade ice cream like Surrey residents from the 1900s. Not only that, but you’ll be able to take some home. 

Address: 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey

 

Surrey Rides

 

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If you’re 18 or younger and like to skateboard, bike, or scooter, then head over to South Surrey Youth Park on July 5 from 4 to 8 pm for Surrey Rides. There will be free snacks, good jams, and prize giveaways for everyone who attends. Helmets are mandatory and spectators are welcome. Be sure to visit the City of Surrey website for a full schedule of Surrey Rides. 

Address: South Surrey Youth Park, 14601 20 Avenue, Surrey

 

Sounds of Summer: Sons of Granville

 

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Visit Glades Woodland Garden for a free summer concert with Sons of Granville on July 5. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket or chairs and you’re encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy. Sons of Granville started as a busking duo back in 2010 and have since gained popularity and brought on more band members. This is definitely a concert you won’t want to miss. Gates open at 5 pm and the concert starts at 6:30 pm. 

Address: The Glades Woodland Garden, 457 170 Street, Surrey

 

FVDED in the Park

FVDED in the Park returns to Holland Park this year on July 8 and 9. Headlining the iconic Surrey festival are Illenium, Excision, Rick Ross, and Don Toliver. Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase them online

Address: Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey

 

SHIAMAK: spirit of India

BC’s biggest Bollywood dance company is coming to the Bell Performing Arts Centre on July 8 at 7:30 pm to perform “spirit of India.” This is a celebration of India’s spirituality, mythology, colourful festivals, weddings, music, dances, Bollywood, and will include over 90 performers! Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased onlineAddress: Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144th Street, Surrey

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BC’s biggest Bollywood dance company, SHIAMAK, is performing “spirit of India” in Surrey

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This event is to celebrate the 75th year of India’s Independence.

SHIAMAK is coming to Surrey on July 8 for the “spirit of India,” a celebration of the 75th year of India’s Independence with music and dance. 

The performance will include India’s spirituality, mythology, colourful festivals, flamboyant weddings, magnificent music, exhilarating dances, and, of course, Bollywood — this production manifests the true spirit of India’s multiculturalism.

There will be over 90 different performers who come from all over the Lower Mainland and the performance will include a retelling of the Ramayana, one of the largest ancient epics in world literature.

Not only is this a must-attend event but this will be SHIAMAK’s return to the stage since their last performance in 2019.

You can buy tickets to “spirit of India” online starting at $28. The performance will take place at the Bell Performing Arts Centre on July 8 starting at 7:30 pm. 

Address: Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144th Street

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Here’s what to expect from Surrey’s Canada Day Celebration

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The event will be headlined by Arkells and have an Indigenous Village, amusement rides, a summer market, and more! (City of Surrey / Facebook)

Canada Day 2022 is coming up quickly and the City of Surrey has plenty of plans to celebrate. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s celebration. 

 

Music:

There will be musical performances for the entire day with Arkells headlining the show. You can also expect performances from Shawnee Kish, Haviah Mighty, En Karma, Teon Gibbs, Ashley Pater, Glisha, Kung Jaadee, Pleasant Trees, and many more! Plus, all of these performances are free so you can enjoy as much music as you want. 

 

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Summer Market: 

Plenty of local vendors will be making their way to the Canada Day celebration this year, and they’ll be set up in the Summer Market. Some of the vendors include Mysgreen, lil so&so handmades, The Refill Shop, Mountain Mornings, and So Fresh Air Fresheners. 

 

Food Trucks:

No Canada Day celebration is complete without food, and there will be tons of food trucks available for you to choose from. Whether you’re feeling like some delicious sandwiches from Bread and Cheese, Bannock from the Bannock Queen, vegan delights from the Dirty Vegan, Japanese-inspired hotdogs from Japa Dog, or mini donuts from Mr. Ken’s Donuts, Surrey’s Canada Day will have it all! There will be over 30 different food trucks at the event. 

 

Indigenous Village:

For this year, the City of Surrey is putting a big emphasis on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. On the Surrey Canada Day Website, the City said “July 1st is a day to chart a new and better path forward. Together, we can work towards reconciliation and a more equitable society for all. We invite you to come together to experience diverse cultural expression, as well as the best of Canada and its hope for the future. Surrey Canada Day is committed to sharing music, education, entertainment, and the cultural practices of many Indigenous and multicultural artists. Event organizers are working with leaders from land-based Nations and an Indigenous consultant in the planning and programming of this event.”

One of the highlights of this year’s celebration is the Indigenous Village with plenty of different sections to check out. The Siam Stage (which means “Respected Ones” in Coast Salish languages) will feature Indigenous cultural sharing, the Residential School Survivor Honouring Ceremony, and contemporary music performances. There will also be a sharing circle where “the public is invited to participate in discussions with Residential School Survivors to learn first-hand about the hardships they lived through while attending the schools. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the children of the Residential School Survivors, who will share how their lives were impacted by the inter-generational trauma caused by the Residential School system.” 

In addition, there will be traditional teachings, doll-making demonstrations, game playing from the Onyota’aka Nation with S^yowah (Son-Yo-Wah), ribbon skirt making, and a community mural painting with Brad Henry.

 

Amusement Rides:

If you’re looking for some thrills then you’re in luck, there are plenty of amusement park rides available at Surrey’s Canada Day celebration. You can ride on the Ferris wheel, crash into some bumper cars, get turned around in the Zipper, or walk through the Kreepy Kastle. To get on these rides you must buy tickets, with one ticket costing $1.50. You can also buy 20 tickets for $30 or 40 Tickets for $50. There will be 16 different rides to choose from. 

 

Fireworks:

The celebrations will end with a fireworks display starting at 10:15 pm that you will not want to miss. 

 

For more information on everything happening for Surrey’s Canada Day, be sure to visit https://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/

Address: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176th St and 64th Avenue, Surrey

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7 events for you to check out in Surrey June 10–18

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There's so much to do in Surrey (Oleg Mayorov / Shutterstock)

Looking for something to do? Well, you’re in luck! There is so much to do in Surrey this week.

 

June 10: Seniors Week

Visit the Historic Stewart Farm on June 10 from 11 am to 2 pm for Seniors Week. There will be live music and performers, heritage activities and demonstrations, tours of the 1894 farmhouse, samples of delicious homemade treats, and activities in recognition of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road

 

June 11: Magical QUIRK-E Tour

QUIRK-E (Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders) is hosting numerous spoken word and video performances at the Museum of Surrey on June 11 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be cartoons, videos, short films, songs, a scene from a play, stories, and poems. This event is 14+. 

Address: Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave

 

June 11: Car-Free Day

Car-Free Day is coming to Surrey Saturday, June 11. This event will turn 137 street into a car-free paradise with tons of local merchants, musicians, and family-friendly activities like balloon twisting, jugglers, and face painting. There will also be a beer garden (for the grown-ups) and plenty of food trucks. 

Address: 7380 King George Blvd

 

June 16–19: Strawberry Tea on the Farm

If you missed Seniors Week, then you can visit the Historic Stewart Farm from June 16–19 for strawberry tea on the veranda. There will also be ice cream and other treats for you to enjoy. Tickets cost $18.20 and you can register for them online or by calling 604-501-5100.

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road

 

June 17: Youth Pride Dance

Youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to attend the Youth Pride Dance, an inclusive and welcoming event to celebrate Pride. There will be dancing (of course), games, snacks, and prizes for the most creative outfits. LGBTQ2S+ and allies can attend this event. Registration for this free event is available online

Address: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Avenue

 

June 18: International Picnic Day

Visit Hazelgrove Park for International Picnic Day on June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Bring a packed meal and your friends and family to enjoy an evening full of fun activities. There will be mini-golf, storytime, different fun park activities, and different vendors from the Cloverdale Farmers Market. This event is free and open to all ages. 

Address: Hazelgrove Park 7080 190 Street

 

June 18: Surrey Fest

This year is the 22nd anniversary of Surrey Fest! Head over to Holland Park from 11 am to 4 pm to enjoy music, prizes, vendors, and more! This event is free but expect it to get busy. 

Address: Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Rd

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What’s going on for Pride in Surrey 2022

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Here’s a list of some great events happening to celebrate Pride month (City of Surrey)

June is Pride Month, and there are plenty of events happening in Surrey to help you celebrate. So, check out our list of some of these must-attend events. 

June 9: Surrey’s LGBTQ2S+ History

 

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Learn about the history of Pride in Surrey from a panel of LGBTQ2S+ community leaders in an online discussion on June 9 from 6:30 to 8 pm. This event is a collaboration between Surrey Archives, Youth for Change, Sher Vancouver, and Surrey Pride. This event is free to attend and open to all ages, but registration is required. You can register online

Address: Virtual

 

June 11: Magical QUIRK-E Tour

QUIRK-E

QUIRK-E (Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders) is hosting numerous spoken word and video performances at the Museum of Surrey on June 11 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be cartoons, videos, short films, songs, a scene from a play, stories, and poems. This event is 14+. 

Address: Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave

 

June 17: Youth Pride Dance

Youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to attend the Youth Pride Dance, an inclusive and welcoming event to celebrate Pride. There will be dancing (of course), games, snacks, and prizes for the most creative outfits. LGBTQ2S+ and allies can attend this event. Registration for this free event is available online

Address: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Avenue

 

June 22: Drag Queen Cash Prize Bingo

Head over to the Central City Taphouse and Kitchen on June 22 from 7:30 to 9 pm for Drag Queen Bingo. You can email president@surreypride.ca to register and for more information. 

Address: Central City Taphouse and Kitchen, 13450 102 Ave

 

June 25: Surrey Pride Festival

 

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The Surrey Pride Festival returns this year on June 25 from 4 pm till 9 pm at the Plaza at Central City Mall. Expect performances from Jesse Schult, Jason Qiu, Short Notice, Reckless (a Bryan Adams Tribute Band), and plenty of drag performances from the likes of Justin Abit, Jaylene Tyme, and Jolene. Expect a full evening of activities and fun. 

Address: 10153 King George Blvd

 

For more information on these events and everything else happening this Pride, visit surreypride.ca

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