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SAFF Canada South Asian Film Festival Opening Gala

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On Wednesday, October 31st the opening gala for SAFF Canada‘s inaugural South Asian Film Festival was held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Global BC‘s Jas Johal introduced an evening of dance, music and film to kick off SAFF Canada’s South Asian Film Festival.

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Artistic Director, Hannah Fisher and Executive Director, Pat Bayes, SAFF Canada

Artistic Director and Co-Founder of SAFF Canada, Hannah Fisher spoke of the diversity of films representing the countries participating in this year’s film festival. Cinema from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives are featured in this year’s festival. Fisher welcomed all the sponsors and guests at the opening event and spoke of her experience with the SAFF project. Pat Bayes, Executive Director, joined Fisher to thank all the SAFF staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the project.

Shiamak Vancouver Dancers
Shiamak Dancers provide a dance performance to start the evening

The evening started off with a visually stunning performance by the Shiamak dancers. The movement and beautiful colours were stunning. The blend of East and West in the choreography was symbolic and fitting for the evening. Shiamak Davar welcomed the festival as a sponsor of the festival. He was unable to attend due to commitments and a project he was working on related to the recent passing of Indian Film Director, Producer, and Writer Yash Chopra.

BC Premier Christy Clark at SAFF
A message from Premier Christy Clark in support of SAFF

The audience viewed a special video message from BC Premier Christy Clark who welcomed the festival and praised an event that celebrates the diversity that makes BC a culturally rich province.

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Jaya Bachchan, Honorary Patron for SAFF Canada South Asian Film Festival

Acclaimed Indian Actress, Member of Parliament and Activist, Jaya Bachchan was in attendance as the Honorary Patron for the SAFF Canada South Asian Film Festival. Mrs. Bachchan officially opened SAFF by lighting the ceremonial lamp and expressed her appreciation for the film festival. She also wished the audience a happy upcoming Diwali.

Makarand Bramhe
Director Makarand Bramhe delivers his message to the audience

A screening of the Indian documentary Two Voices, One Soul (Adwait Sangeet) ended the evening with a moving story of brotherhood and inspirational music. The documentary follows brothers, Rajan and Sajan Mishra through their lives and tells the story of their upbringing through to their present day recognition as two of India’s finest classical Indian singers. Director Makarand Bramhe was in attendance and read a special message from Pundit Rajan and Pundit Sajan who were unable to travel due to Hurricane Sandy.

An inspirational night to begin the five day celebration of South Asian film. Thank you SAFF Canada for bringing this festival to Vancouver, Abbotsford and Surrey!

Surrey604 Team at SAFF 2012 Vancouver
Surrey604 proud sponsors of SAFF (L to R): Kevin Chua, Esmir Milavic, Fatima Beatty, Daman Beatty & Sukhdip Basra

It’s not too late to catch some of the SAFF Canada films. Check out the schedule on the SAFF Canada website. The closing Gala takes place on Sunday, Nov 4th. More details can be found on the SAFF website.

See our video and photo compilation below of the SAFF Canada Opening Gala.

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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
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. 

Cloverdale Market Days

Address: 176 street between 56A and 58 Ave

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