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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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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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Get in the Christmas spirit with these five local events

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A Wonderheads Christmas Carol via Surrey Civic Theatres / Facebook

The holiday season is here and that means warm drinks, baked treats and heartwarming holiday movies. Due to strict COVID-19 restrictions last year, most people spent the holiday season at home, but this year more events are available to be enjoyed safely.

If you’re looking to enjoy some Christmas carols, watch a play with family and friends or find fun activities for the kids, then look no further than these fun events that will be hosted in Surrey this month.

Swing Dance Christmas

If you have a holiday party to attend this month and you want to brush up on your dancing skills, try taking a swing dancing class. Rock Step Swing Dance is hosting a swing dance Christmas event on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The class will be 45 minutes and attendees will enjoy some Christmas snacks and a dance session afterwards. The class costs $20 and anyone who wants to attend can get their tickets here. There are 75 spots available in the class.

Alice in Wonderland

The holiday season is also a time to revisit childhood memories by watching a panto. The Royal Canadian Theatre Company will be presenting the play Alice in Wonderland, written by Crystal Weltzin, at the Surrey Arts Centre. The play will run from Dec. 16 to 19, 23, 24 and 26. Tickets cost $34.99 for adults, and $29.99 for seniors over 60 years of age and children under 12. If you want to make it a family outing, there is a group price of $115 for four people.

Christmas Train

For a more active event for children, check out Bear Creek Park’s Christmas train from Dec. 6 to 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Families with two children and two adults can pay $35 to attend and single tickets are $11.50. In this train ride, families will get to enjoy all things Christmas like Santa, hot cocoa, Christmas music and pretty lights.

A Christmas Carol

Another Christmas show to check out is A Wonderheads Christmas Carol presented by the Wonderheads at the Surrey Civic theatre on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. If you enjoyed Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, you’ll be sure to enjoy this play because this is reportedly an adaptation of the novel. Tickets are $26 for children and $39 for adults and they are going fast.

Christmas Choir

For those who love the sounds of Christmas, check out the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir who will be performing at the Surrey Arts Centre on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. This group of talented men have reportedly been performing in Surrey for the past 30 years. Attendees are required to show their vaccine card and wear a mask, and tickets are $29 and can be purchased here.

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The Surrey Holiday Lights festival is kicking off next week

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There is a spectacular and dazzling new light and music festival coming to Surrey Civic Plaza this holiday season called Surrey Holiday Lights.

It will follow the annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival which takes place on Nov. 20, and will remain open into January. There will be live entertainment, carollers, and an immersive Christmas lights extravaganza.

What to expect at the Surrey Holiday Lights festival 

There will be a tent with Santa and his elves, his workshop, and a holiday house. Enjoy enchanting displays in the Glow Gardens with interactive areas and light tunnels. Then sway to live entertainment taking place at the North Pole and Snowflake stages.

As expected you will be treated with a variety of holiday eats. There will be food trucks serving up mini doughnuts, twisted potatoes, crepes, savoury meals, and many tasty snacks. Stay warm with gourmet hot chocolate, special coffees, or enjoy a craft beer or cooler.

There will also be a chance to catch a glimpse of Santa himself. Santa will be taking free photos through the month of December.

The festival will run daily from Nov. 25 to Jan. 2 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 104 Avenue. For more information, visit www.surreyholidaylights.com.

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A brand new immersive light festival is coming to Surrey next month

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The Lumagica light festival is making its Canadian debut right here in Surrey.  

Starting Dec. 3, guests will get to experience a holiday festival of lights like never before. Lumagica is an outdoor/indoor event that is bringing joy and brightness to every city it touches. 

Lumagica, created by MK Illuminations, provides a unique opportunity to get into the holiday spirit. It has been experienced on a global level, and is now coming to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. 

With more than 120 features and ornaments, a light tunnel, magical North Pole village, Gingerbread Lane and a fully lit forest, there is so much to enjoy. You can stroll along a one kilometre light walk and feel the magic of Christmas. Do all this while warming up with a cup of cocoa, mulled wine, or one of the other food and drink options available. 

There will also be an opportunity to visit Jolly Ol’ St. Nick and his cabin in the North Pole. There you will also find a wide array of delicious treats and eats, live entertainment, or go shopping at the marketplace. 

To get the full experience along with memories to take home, be sure to have your camera ready to capture the festive backdrops for holiday photos. 

Lumagica will be held at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey from December 3 to 30, 2021. The immersive experience will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Tickets start is $16 and are available online at lumagica.ca. Children under age 4 are free, and discounts will be offered for families, post-secondary students, and seniors.

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Where to be spooked this Halloween weekend

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It’s that time of year where we carve pumpkins, indulge in scary movies, check out haunted houses and fill ourselves up with candy. There are so many local activities in Surrey to partake in this Halloween that it’s hard to pick just one.

If you’re struggling to narrow down how to spend Oct. 31, we’ve put together a list of spooktacular outings that shouldn’t be missed. Whether you’re looking for a haunted house, a place to enjoy spooky treats or just somewhere to play Halloween games, Surrey has it.

Halloween Pumpkin Express 

For families with young children, Halloween Pumpkin Express will be a good place to check out. It’s at Bear Creek Park and families can enjoy a train ride through the forest. The tickets for the daytime train ride cost $11.50 each for anyone over age 2, and $14.70 for the night train which is recommended for people over the age of 12.

The kids on the train will reportedly receive a snack as they enjoy their ride and a little pumpkin to take home. The day train runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the night train runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors

Now, if you’re looking to get scared, look no further. What was formerly known as Potter’s House of Horrors has been renamed to Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors — and it’s just as scary as ever.

Get ready for a double dose of fright because each ticket allows access to two haunted houses. Tickets can be purchased online and the website advises that they sell out fast.

Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors requires proof of full vaccination for customers 12 and up to access the haunted house. You can pick anytime from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Sunday is the last day to check out this haunted house and it will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. that night.

Mainland Whiskey’s trivia and costume contest 

For costume contests and fun trivia games, Mainland Whiskey, a distillery in South Surrey is offering a fun Halloween night on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. The distillery promises yummy soul food, fun prizes, and spooky cocktails.

The trivia will start at 7 p.m. and space is limited so make sure to arrive on time.

Spooky desserts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate 

Of course the perfect way to end Halloween is with some yummy spooky desserts. Head over to Guildford Town Centre for some sugary treats at Rocky Mountain Chocolate. There are also spooky chocolate packages available online.

Make sure to check out as many fun and frightening places as possible and celebrate safely.

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There could be another music festival coming to Surrey this fall

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The FVDED in the Park music festival last weekend was just the beginning. Music lovers in Surrey can get geared up for another festival coming their way — the Contact Winter Music Festival.

The Contact Festival pulled off an epic show in Vancouver earlier this year. In February the show took place on the roof of BC Place Stadium. Fans were able to watch virtually and enjoy live music to beat the pandemic blues.

Now it appears that the Contact Festival may take place in October at Surrey’s Holland Park.

There haven’t been a lot of details released to confirm the event, nor tickets on sale, however Stay Happening has announced that the festival will take place from October 8 to 10, 2021.

Contact Festival & The Organizers

The Contact Winter Music Festival has been running since 2012, and normally takes place inside BC Place, hosting 36,000 people. The music played and presented is the best in EDM (electronic dance music). The 2-day festival highlights up-and-coming Canadian artists.

This event normally takes place in December, but was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. Event organizers then put together a virtual performance that was broadcasted live from the roof of BC Place.

Now there are murmurs of the festival taking place in Holland Park this October, perhaps to a smaller degree.

FVDED in the Park just wrapped up on September 11 at Surrey’s Holland Park, and this festival is brought on by the same event organizers, BluePrint. FVDED also brought together technical and electronic music, with headliners such as DeadMau5.

BluePrint operates venues like Celebrities Night Club on Davie Street, Venue on Granville Street and the Fortune Sound Club on East Pender, all in Vancouver.

Holland Park

Holland Park is a popular park in Surrey’s City Centre and is located beside Central City. The park is huge, covering 10 hectares. Although it isn’t the largest park, it is often referred to as the “Central Park” of Surrey.

One of the main draws for Holland Park is its ability to host events. There have been numerous events and festivals organized at this park over the years. 

Fans are excited to learn more details about the Contact Festival in hopes that Surrey’s City Centre will get another major event.

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