Surrey Announces line up for 2012 Tree Lighting Festival

The City of Surrey will illuminate Central City Plaza on November 24th and light the City’s official Christmas tree at the annual Tree Lighting Festival presented by Coast Capital Savings. The highlight of this spectacular family event will involve Mayor and Council joining Frosty and Santa as they turn the switch to light the City’s official Christmas tree and kick off the holiday season in Surrey.

We are excited to announce that this years headliner is Dragonette. This electropop group is behind the massive hit “Hello”. After the success of 2008’s album Fixin to Thrill, and wild international popularity of their 2010 single Hello (with French DJ Martin Solveig), Dragonette have graduated to more complex, sophisticated sound, one that has all the trademark hooks of their earlier electropop hits combined with a new depth of feeling.

They will be joined by Dear Rouge. This Pop/Rock duo out of Vancouver was the Peak Performance Project Top 20 Finalist. They created the single “Heads Up! Watch Out!”.

Check out our full line-up scedhule.

The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival is at the Plaza at the foot of Central City Tower (102 Avenue and 135 Street) and includes winter activities such as road hockey and sleigh rides. In addition to live music, families can enjoy plenty of holiday cheer with face painters, kid’s crafts and ice carving demos.

Gates open at 12:00 PM with the Tree Lighting Ceremony slated for 6:15PM and the concert finale at 7 PM. The entire festival is free for the public and the Surrey Food Bank will be onsite to collect donations.

The Tree Lighting Festival is one of the City’s signature special events. Visit to find out more about the event.

DSBIA President Wins Award

On September 22, 2012, Bill Rempel was awarded the coveted CGA Community Service Award at the BC Certified General Accountants Summit and Awards Banquet held in Kelowna, BC.

The CGA Community Service Award honours members and students who have provided outstanding

service to their community. Nominations must provide evidence in two key areas, Dedication and Leadership. To be considered for the CGA Community Service award the member or student must provide significant evidence that they contributed at the community level, enhancing the professional image and profile of CGA-BC.

Mr. Rempel received his CGA designation in 1988. Throughout his career he has served both his employers and the community to the highest degree. Upon receiving his CGA designation he was employed as Controller for Cal Investments. In 1992 he became the on-site General Manager at Metrotown Centre and was later promoted to Regional Director. In 2010 he joined Blackwood Partners Management Corporation where he currently employed as Vice President and General Manager of Central City which is a 1.5 million square foot mixed use development in Surrey, BC, comprising of a 640,000 square foot shopping centre, a 550,0000 square foot AAA office tower and a 350,000 square foot SFU Surrey Campus.

Chair of the Board of Governors Cindy Choi and Bill Rempel

The award was presented to Mr. Rempel based on his commendable volunteer work in the communities which he served spanning from 1992 to 2012 where he held the following positions:

  • Director, Treasurer, VP      and President of the Burnaby Chamber of Commerce
  • Founding member and Vice      Chair of the Burnaby RCMP District 4 Community Policing Consultative Group
  • Director and Treasurer      of the BC Shopping Centre Association
  • Director, Treasurer, VP,      President and Past President of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement      Association
  • Director of the Building      Owners and Managers Association of BC
  • Founding Director of the      Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition
  • Director and Current      president of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association

Mr. Rempel is passionate about his community and always fights hard to ensure the voice of business is heard and has advocated for business taxpayer rights along with improvements to the communities he works in.

Latest Tweets

dtsurreybia @dtsurreybia
Downtown Surrey BIA  @dtsurreybia
RT @Surrey_Schools:The public is invited to get a sneak peek of our newest high school, Salish Secondary, during a community open hous… 
Downtown Surrey BIA  @dtsurreybia
RT @surreybcevents:BC’s largest multicultural celebration is back! Take in all the sounds and flavours at #SurreyFusion Festival on Ju… 
Downtown Surrey BIA  @dtsurreybia
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all the real-life saints and superheroes of this world. They…