Do you love arts? Looking for some engaging and creative family activities? There’s tons of stuff happening for the whole family at your Surrey Arts Centre and Surrey Art Gallery this May/June. We’ve highlighted some of them below. See the May/June 2012 calendar of events for more!
Bbboyizm Dance Company Presents: IZM, Part of Surrey’s Youth Week events
May 2, 7:30pm
“As an art form dance can be impressive but expression is its fundamental nature.” —Crazy Smooth
Dance to express! Not to impress. Bbboyizm Dance Company takes this motto to heart with IZM, a street dance performance featuring some of Canada’s most talented dancers. Choreographer and dancer Crazy Smooth pushes the envelope of street dance tradition with hiphop, rocking and b-boying, showing audiences that hip hop is a dynamic force in dance today. Reaching below the surface where emotions live, Crazy Smooth and his dancers hold nothing back! Part of Surrey’s Youth Week events, Surrey Arts Centre presents IZM on May 2 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in the Main Stage.
Chime in at the post-show chat, hosted by Crazy Smooth and all the dancers. Who’s got the first question?
Dancers include Bourik, Chilly, Crazy Smooth, Melly Mel, Lost Child, Dirty D, N.O.S.B., Strife, Zepol Rock, and Soul Step.
Box Office: 604-501-5566 | https://tickets.surrey.ca | 13750–88 Avenue
Bboyizm Dance Company’s goal is to promote and preserve the foundation of all street dances. The company’s artistic philosophy is based on the idea that a dancer’s self-expression is paramount. If one is truly expressing oneself, their dance will most definitely be impressive.
Choreographer-dancer Yvon Soglo (B-boy Crazy Smooth) is one of Canada’s top street dancers. Mostly self-taught, Smooth’s passion and respect for the history of the art form has led him to study with some of New York’s foremost street dancers. He has been an instructor for acrobats from Cirque du Soleil, performed at the Nancy Jazz Festival in France, and was awarded Most Valuable B-boy at the annual Kings of NY Competition in 2006. Smooth’s ongoing involvement in dance led to him being a keynote speaker at the United Nations Youth Conference in Edmonton in 2007. Founder of Bboyizm Dance Company, Smooth’s never-ending mission is to elevate and carry on the tradition of street dance culture in the world of performing arts.
Lighting design by Valerie Gomes; Stage management by Julie Benoit; Music mixed by Dp One; Technical direction by Yves Soglo.
The Different Worlds of Cao Fei: Critics Talk with Alice Ming Wai Jim
May 12, 2pm
How has China’s astoundingly rapid modernization affected the lives, experiences, and imaginations of artists in China? Are the issues that Cao Fei – one of China’s acclaimed 21st century generation of artists – addresses and the way in which she addresses them, representative of young artists in China today? Montreal-based art critic and curator, Alice Ming Wai Jim will discuss the work of Cao Fei in the context of contemporary new media art from China on Saturday, May 12 at 2pm at the Surrey Art Gallery. The Different Worlds of Cao Fei is presented in conjunction with the Gallery’s exhibition Cao Fei: Simulus. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted.
Our computer age has produced many online, interactive parallel worlds. This talk examines Cao Fei’s RMB City Planning and Apocalypse Tomorrow in relation to the numerous artworks, interactive exhibitions, and events that her art in the simulated online environment known as Second Life has spawned over the last three years. Officially opened to the public in 2009, RMB City (2008-2011) is arguably the most widely acclaimed Second Life art project, in both the Second Life and Real Life art worlds. From platform to surfing game, Cao Fei’s project speaks to an expanding cultural brokerage between the art world and virtual economies as well as the role gaming and social media play in questioning these developments.
Alice Ming Wai Jim is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at Concordia University, Montreal. She was Curator of the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A) from 2003 to 2006. Her main fields of research are in contemporary Asian art and Asian Canadian art with a particular interest in recent media art, theories of representation, and the relationship between remix culture and place identity.
In the exhibition Cao Fei: Simulus, visitors are able to experience an interactive game environment, and two videos constructed from events that have taken place in Second Life. In these works, China’s dynamic new urban landscapes are re-imagined and used to inform a future threatened by uncertain ecological transformation.
Both the talk and exhibition are presented as part of Yellow Signal: New Media in China, which takes place in various venues throughout Metro Vancouver between now and September.
Call for Entries: ARTS 2012 – A Juried Exhibition of Visual Art
Deadline for entry forms: May 18, 4pm
Arts Council of Surrey invites established and emerging artists to enter its 28th annual juried exhibition of visual art. ARTS 2012, featuring new artworks ranging from traditional paintings to digital technology, takes place at the Surrey Art Gallery from June 23 to August 19. The submission deadline for entry forms is Friday, May 18 at 4pm. The entry form is available at www.surrey.ca/arts (Surrey Art Gallery/Opportunities). Questions and/or comments? Contact the Arts Council of Surrey at 604-594-2700 or email@example.com.
Artworks are recognized for awards in five categories: Painting–Works on Canvas; Painting–Works on Paper; Drawing, Mixed Media & Printmaking; 3-D Works and Fibre Arts; and Photography & New Media. Cash awards in each category range from $25 to $150. Additionally, a People’s Choice award is presented at the conclusion of the exhibition.
Arts Council of Surrey welcomes entries from residents of Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Delta and Richmond. Artists from outside these areas are also encouraged to enter; they need to be either a member of a club that belongs to the Arts Council of Surrey, or an individual member. To encourage applications by post-secondary art students, the membership requirement is waived with a copy of a valid student ID accompanying the entry form.
Alex Grünenfelder: Audio Migration
Continues to August 19
The hidden, the repressed, the lost, the invisible, and the inaudible are explored in Open Sound 2012, an exhibition at the Surrey Art Gallery. The newest installment is a sound installation by Alex Grünenfelder, situated in the enclosed, yet open air space of the Gallery’s courtyard. The artwork, Audio Migration, uses field recordings of local birds, human speech, and other activities on either side of the nature and culture divide to explore the formal and conceptual similarities, differences, and interactions between human and non-human life. Audio Migration continues to August 19. Admission is by donation.
Alex Grünenfelder weaves together multiple recordings of various natural and cultural spaces, including both meaningful and nonsensical human utterances and bird song (native to the lower mainland) to create a slowly changing soundscape that explores the complex ways in which nature and culture, human and non-human, intertwine. The listener is transported to a space where sounds lose their habitual meanings, become pure auditory events, and then come to mean something else.
Alex Grünenfelder pursues a creative practice that combines the project development methods of the graphic design industry with the critical discourse and dialogical goals of the liberal arts. His academic history includes studies in philosophy at McGill University, and fine art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has been working in the field of graphic design since 2000 with a focus on the arts, environmental, and not-for-profit sectors. He is a co-founder and director of the Vancouver Design Nerds Society, an organization that facilitates discussion and collaboration between designers, artists and the public. His artwork explores the power of media to shape the perception of environments.
Audio Migration is part of a year-long exhibition that is guest curated by Ross Birdwise. In keeping with this year’s theme – On Air, Underground: Making The Inaudible Audible – each artwork will give expression to voiceless and sometimes intangible things. The artists (in order of appearance) are Kristen Roos, Alex Grünenfelder, and Christina Kubisch.
Open Sound is an exhibition program developed in 2008 to support the production and presentation of audio art forms as part of contemporary art practice. Open Sound seeks to feature the leading edge of audio art, and has included site specific installation, radio experiments, ecological practices, and other investigations into the limits of sound today.
Concurrent to the second installment of Open Sound 2012, Surrey Art Gallery is presenting Vision Machine: Marianne Nicolson and Etienne Zack, and Cao Fei: Simulus – both continue to June 10.
Get in the Christmas spirit with these five local events
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.
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.
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.
The Surrey Holiday Lights festival is kicking off next week
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.
A brand new immersive light festival is coming to Surrey next month
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.
Where to be spooked this Halloween weekend
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There could be another music festival coming to Surrey this fall
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 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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