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Surrey’s Party for the Planet 2012 Concert Night of Family Fun



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The Celebration

In a time when being green and careful about nature and environment is one of the most important topics all over the world, the best efforts are those done down at the base, and that’s exactly what The City of Surrey‘s intention is with the Party for the Planet.

Party for the Planet 2012 Day 1: High Class Party at the City CenterThis annual event, organized by the City and generous sponsors, gathers every year thousands upon thousands of the citizens to the Central City area to celebrate our planet, nature and Surrey’s rich and diverse environment.

This mixture of education, fun and music is becoming one of the most important events in the City’s annual calendar attracting locally and globally known people wishing to talk about environmental issues, but also send their own message to the masses about the current status of the planet.

Friday night was devoted to musical celebration of the Planet and to be honest this was an amazing party which showed that Surrey is able to be responsible, careful and celebratory city.

Our own Good for Grapes, followed by great The Boom Booms, Raghav and at the end but not least important Down with Webster warmed pretty cold evening and night at the Central City Area with great music, entertainment and interaction with fans.

Raghav and DJ Goddess on stage

I must to say up to the last night I barely heard about Good for Grapes but now I’m glad that I attend their concert last night. You should check them and enjoy their beautiful music, recently they were introduced to the Canadian public through Canada’s Got Talent show where they made big success. I hope that they’ll become much known and well appreciated representative of our city and its culture.

Surrey’s own Good For Grapes give a performance which makes you want to replay this video over and over!

I was amazed with The Boom Booms just because they came out with such interesting approach to this celebration making breaks in their performances to talk about environmental issues.

Vancouver’s The Boom Booms work the crowd on stage at Party for the Planet

During one of the songs they stopped for the moment and mentioned their recent visit to Brazil where big environmental damage will be committed upon completion of the new dam, and that’s exactly what’s the real spirit of this celebration not only to care about our own issues but to learn about the global problems and figuring out how to change the course as soon as possible.

Down With Webster at Party for the Planet 2012

Down with Webster attracted largest number of fans to the Central City Plaza. Raghav was here last year at the Fusion Fest with an amazing concert attracting several thousands of hardcore fans in interaction at highest levels. Last night he did a same. Great music, great vibes and great fans. Later he stopped at the merchandise tent. Passionately and with great patience he met those who respect his work and he fulfilled all their wishes and requests.

Down With Webster at Party for the Planet 2012

What to say about the Down With Webster? There’s no need to say too much, one big WOW! would be enough. Such a great energy, ability to warm that cold night with lyrics and moves on the stage. They showed their responsibility for greener and safer environment with major break in their tradition: last night they didn’t throw any plastic red cups as they did it in the past. Although they didn’t promise cups will not fly on some other concerts, I’m pretty sure they’ll try to slow down that trend.

Surrey Celebration Dance Team

One very impressive element of the celebration was Surrey Celebration Dance Team. Oh my God! Those guys are amazing! Excellent moves, unbelievable attitude and rarely seen level of interaction not with adults but with the youngest ones.

When you see a large group of teenagers engaged in their usual activities and suddenly they slow down, look around and start brining two-three year old babies into the circle to dance with them, to smile, to enjoy that powerful spirit of music and dance. That was a clear example of that well known Surrey motive: Future lives here! And I must to say standing aside with my camera and trying to capture those impressive moments I was more than convinced that future really lives here in Surrey.

Party for the Planet 2012 Day 1: High Class Party at the City Center

CTVBC‘s crew lead by Mike Killeen, Michael Kuss and Perry Solkowski was one of the biggest attractions of the Day 1. Surrey was awarded with live coverage of the Party and CTV News at 6 from the Central City Plaza. Great opportunity to celebrate and show our celebratory site with province wide public.

Party for the Planet 2012 Day 1: High Class Party at the City CenterParty for the Planet 2012 Day 1: High Class Party at the City Center

The night was free of speeches and political elements, some of the municipal officials were present there, including Mayor Dianne Watts but just as a visitors. At one moment we saw Mayor Watts walking around and talking to citizens, exchanging some high fives with Surrey teenagers, following with her comment to my tweet that those guys were great. RCMP and private security team presence was visible and large, but as far as I know there was not report of any major incidents or need for action.

Party for the Planet 2012 Day 1: High Class Party at the City CenterParty for the Planet 2012 Day 1: High Class Party at the City Center

To emphasize security situation yesterday I need to mention an interesting scene where two police officers are walking around the plaza talking with public and one of the was carrying coffee cup in his hand, and once more I need to credit them with that educational element because in some many occasions I saw them talking with kids or teenagers about safety issues.

Photographs by Aziz Dhamani & Esmir Milavic

Read about Day 2 on Esmir’s Blog From Bosnia to Canada…

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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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Image via Surrey Holiday Lights / Facebook

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

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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 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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Image via Cougar Creek's House of Horrors / Facebook

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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