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In Concert: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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It was an evening of positivity and light at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday night. Fans came from Toronto and every point in between to enjoy the live sold-out performance from Pakastani singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. We were privileged to host the internationally recognized artist in for a night of unforgettable music and memories. The concert was made presented by Surrey businessman and television personality, Kamal Sharma. Kamal has been  responsible for bringing many of the most popular South Asian artists to Surrey and Vancouver.  It was great to be a part of a special cultural music  event made possible by Surrey representatives. Surrey604 was fortunate to be the on-site media for the evening.

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Live at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Selena was our media host on location with Surrey’s Kamal Sharma of Kamal’s Video Palace for his presentation of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Live in Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Watch Surrey604’s event coverage video above!

 

Friends and families met and greeted each other, enjoying each other’s company before the concert.  The buzz was present as fans of all ages chatted about their favorite Rahat songs and the ones they hoped Rahat would perform that night. People lined up in the lobby to have their photo taken as they treated themselves to a commemorative gift for the night. The young and old were united and excited about the evening that was yet to be experienced. The music was definitely in the air.

In Concert: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Rahat and his group performing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Visit Surrey 604’s Facebook page to comment on or tag yourself or friends in our photos.

Following in the footsteps of his Uncle, legendary singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat, keeps Qawwali and Sufi traditions alive, while remaining one of the most popular Bollywood singers. The beautiful stage illuminated when Rahat walked on and began the show, easing the audience with his mesmerizing vocals. He played and sang the traditional Qawwalis as well as some of his other popular Bollywood songs. The homage to the Creator, Allah Hoo, Allah Hoo was powerfully intertwined with beautiful Sufi chants.

Tere Must Must Do Nain brought the audience to their feet while couples danced in the aisle.  High in the balcony seats, fans rejoiced, danced and sang along with Rahat. Rahat’s team of singers were absolutely amazing and the energy of the singers and musicians on stage was infectious. In the middle of Tere Must Must Do Nain, two young ladies made their way to the front of the stage and Rahat, putting their hands together as a gesture of respect to the singer (the song was dedicated to one of the girls). There were moments during the concert that were truly spiritual experiences.

In Concert: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Selena speaks with some excited audience members after the show. Visit Surrey 604’s Facebook page to comment on or tag yourself or friends in our photos.

Rahat’s music breaks barriers, connects people and celebrates life.  At the end of a long day, the show was over and we all felt like we had been a part of something very special and bigger than us. We thank Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for his gift and humbling talent.  Rumour has it that he is likely to come back next year. We know that all his fans will be waiting! If your interest is peaked and you want to discover a new genre, explore Rahat’s captivating voice and musical style.

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

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7 events for you to check out in Surrey June 10–18
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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Car-Free Day makes its way to Surrey

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There will be plenty of delicious food, music, and family-friendly activities (Josh Howard / Unsplash)

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. 

Stores that are located alongside 137 street will open up patios onto the street, while there will also be plenty of other vendors and food trucks like Gary’s Kettle Corn, Tornadopotato, Wakwak Burgers, Japadog, JJ’s Hot Cobs, Taco’N Todo, The Little Snowflake Factory, Lemon Heaven, and Roasted Revolution.

This year’s event will host performances by Ashleigh Ball, daysormay, Meltt, NADUH, The Jins, Peak, Á’a:líya, Tess Anderson, DESTINEAK, Vancouver Street Dance Festival, City Entertainment, Robin Reddy Show, Mom Bop, Matt Hen, and more!

 

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There will also be family fun activities like balloon twisting, jugglers, and face painting alongside some more grown-up activities like a beer garden.

Car-Free Day is organized by Translink and aims to educate people on the future of transportation. As the name suggests, people are encouraged to take transit, bike, walk, car-share, car-pool, or use other methods of electric transportation. There are bike racks on the sidewalk to park your bike but there will be no street parking for those who choose to car-share or car-pool. 

Car-Free Day takes place Saturday, June 11 from noon until 8 pm.

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You can help design a mural for SFU Surrey’s 20th anniversary

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Mural Mosaic Project
SFU is looking for input from community members for the theme of these 2 murals (SFU / https://www.sfu.ca/surrey/news-and-events/news-all/campus-news-and-updates/submit-your-ideas-for-mural-mosaics-at-sfu-surrey.html)

To celebrate SFU Surrey’s 20th anniversary, SFU is bringing the Mosaic Mural Project to their Surrey campus. 

This project will take multiple individual paintings and place them together to make one large mural. A similar type of mural can be seen on the side of the Newton Recreation Centre. 

 

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SFU will be partnering with different artists from the Mosaic Mural Project alongside staff and students to create these two new art displays, and they are asking SFU community members for help on the theme. Plus, anyone who submits their idea will be entered into a draw for a $25 SFU Bookstore gift card. 

The mural is expected to begin in Fall 2022 and submission for ideas will close on June 12 so be sure to get your ideas in soon. You can submit your ideas here.

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Cloverdale Market Days are back!

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Cloverdale Market Days are happening on the last Saturday of every month (@cloverdalemarketdays / Instagram)

After being cancelled for the last 2 years because of COVID-19, Cloverdale Market Days are making their comeback this Saturday, May 28. The market will be open from 10 am to 3 pm and will have up to 150 different vendors and food trucks. There will also be three stages for live musical performances. It will take place all along 176 street in downtown Cloverdale. 

This is a great opportunity to support local artists and businesses who have been struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first market will be held on May 28 but there will also be four more on June 25, July 23, August 27, and September 17 in case you can’t make the first one. 

Local eateries like The Henry, Hawthorne Beer Market, and The Vault will also have sidewalk patios open for people to sit down and relax. 

The market will be open rain or shine and the streets will be closed from dawn until 4 pm for set-up and clean-up. 

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Address: 176 street between 56A and 58 Ave

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