Music Marathon

Want to enjoy music during a nice summer day? Join us at the DSBIA’s Music Marathon for an entire day of musical fun!

With a lineup of student interns playing different genres of music at Civic Plaza (13450 104 Ave, Surrey), we are sure you’ll be jamming out on August 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

No registration needed! Just pop by!

Surrey Voices: Japanese Art, Dancing, and Music

Would you like to experience live Japanese classical dancing and learn more about Japanese culture?

Join the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association for the last of three Surrey Voices events that will be taking place throughout the summer!

Surrey Voices is a new series of 3 events that will take place weekly at Holland Park’s amphitheatre. Each week, a different culture will be showcased in the afternoon through 90 minutes of storytelling, dancing, music, and art. The events will have a COVID-19 safety plan and will host a maximum of 50 people who must be registered in advance in order to attend.

The Satsuki-kai was formed in May 2011 by Nishikawa Kayo of the Nishikawa School of Japanese classical dance to give people an opportunity to enjoy learning Japanese dance. Led by Yoko Matsuno (professional dance name Nishikawa Kayo), the group participates in many events, especially at Nikkei Place, and works hard to showcase Japanese culture through dance. Past events include the annual Powell Street Festival, kimono fashion shows, performances at seniors’ residences and other multicultural events.

The Vancouver Ikebana Association presents 4 schools, each with their own distinguishing features of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging: IkenoboKado-SumiSangetsu, and Sogetsu. Ikebana is an ancient Oriental art that is based upon certain principles of art which are recognized the world over. The inspiration, dedication, and the ongoing practise and study of Ikebana all come about as a direct result of the love and appreciation of nature; and all aspects of it, both the perfect and imperfect. In Ikebana, works of art are created as a result of human imagination being stimulated by contact and experience with nature.

How much is a ticket?

Completely free of charge!

Where will the event be held?

Holland Park Amphitheatre

13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey BC V3T 5G8

Schedule

12:45pm Attendees check-in

1:00pm Dancing with Satsuki-kai

1:30pm Workshop with Satsuki-kai

2:00pm Ikebana Demonstration from 4 different schools

2:25pm Closing remarks

**The events will be in accordance with the COVID-19 PHO and will have safety precautions in place. A maximum of 50 people who must be registered in advance will be admitted, so be sure to register for your tickets today! All ages are welcome!

Find out more about our upcoming events through social media!

  • Instagram @dtsurrey
  • Twitter @dtsurreybia
  • Facebook @DowntownSurreyBIA

Surrey Voices: Caribbean Art, Dancing, and Music

Would you like to experience live steel drumming performances and learn more about Caribbean culture?

Join the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association for the second of three Surrey Voices events that will be taking place throughout the summer!

Surrey Voices is a new series of 3 events that will take place weekly at Holland Park’s amphitheatre. Each week, a different culture will be showcased in the afternoon through 90 minutes of storytelling, dancing, music, and art. The events will have a COVID-19 safety plan and will host a maximum of 50 people who must be registered in advance in order to attend.

The musical group Sweet Pan is all about Canadians playing the steel drum, ‘pan’, the only acoustic musical invention of the 20th century, and clearly a major Caribbean contribution to world culture. They specialize in Caribbean rhythms on the many different sizes of drums and have played for dances, weddings, corporate events, community events and interactive concerts since 1994. Their leader & arranger, Bernard Fernandes, draws on his vast repertoire and experience of the Caribbean to lend both an innovative & authentic touch!

‘The Bahama Showgirl’ Androsia Wilde infuses the glitz and glamour of a Vegas-style showgirl with the rhythms and flavours of her home, The Bahamas. She has set stages across the province ablaze since 2014 with her charms and exuberance, such as the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and Shambala Music Festival. Androsia is passionate about representing her heritage through dance, and sharing that joy with an audience to get them movin’!

How much is a ticket?

Completely free of charge!

Where will the event be held?

Holland Park Amphitheatre

13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey BC V3T 5G8

Schedule

12:45pm Attendees check-in

1:00pm Music performance by Sweet Pan

1:45pm Dance performance by Androsia Wilde

1:55pm Music workshop with Sweet Pan

2:25pm Closing remarks

**The events will be in accordance with the COVID-19 PHO and will have safety precautions in place. A maximum of 50 people who must be registered in advance will be admitted, so be sure to register for your tickets today! All ages are welcome!

Find out more about our upcoming events through social media!

  • Instagram @dtsurrey
  • Twitter @dtsurreybia
  • Facebook @DowntownSurreyBIA

Art Cart: Recycled Sculpturing

Bring your recyclable items and make ART out of it! Join us for a recycled sculpture class, led by Angela Fraser!

Have you been missing doing arts and crafts? Join our fourth Art Cart, happening on Thursday, August 12 at the Civic Plaza from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

The event will be social-distancing-friendly, with proper health protocols in place for your utmost safety. We recommend participants to wear masks. Registration on Eventbrite is required to attend the event.

Come get crafty and make recycling fun! 

Art Cart: Dough Sculpting

Have you been missing doing arts and crafts? We’re bringing the Art Cart back this summer, led by Angela Fraser!

On Thursday, August 5 at the Civic Plaza from 2:30pm-4:00pm we’ll be holding our third Art Cart this summer. The theme for this week is dough sculpting. 

The event will be social-distancing-friendly, with proper health protocols in place for your utmost safety. We recommend participants to wear masks. Registration on Eventbrite is required to attend the event.

Come on by and get crafty! 

Community Conversation: How Can We Make Schools and Workplaces More Accessible?

What is accessibility? How can we make our schools and workplaces more accessible? As BC nears the re-opening of many schools and workplaces, the topic of accessibility, especially in the realm of remote working and increasing use of technology, a discussion on accessibility is more important than ever.

Join the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association for our last Community Conversations that have taken place throughout the summer!

Community Conversations aims to bring community members to engage in purposeful and meaningful conversation about the future of our community. Previous conversations have included the housing crisis, supporting BIPOC businesses, and food security.

Through a presentation from our guest speakers followed by facilitated discussions, we will be diving deeper into why accessibility is important, discussing how improvements can be made to current accessibility measures, and what community members can do to take action.

Our guest speakers are Stephanie Cadieux (she/her). Stephanie Cadieux serves MLA for Surrey South, and Critic for Gender Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion. Se is the first woman with a disability to be elected to the Provincial Legislature and to serve in the executive council. She was a disability advocate prior to entering politics.

How much is a ticket?

Completely free of charge! Register here. 

Where will the event be held?

Zoom: Link will be sent via email after registration.

**We will have a live transcription service on the side panel in-meeting. If you will be attending and have any needs or accommodations please email Victoria at victoria@downtownsurreybia.com.

Agenda (PST)

6:30 PM Event begins

6:45 PM Guest Speaker Presentation

7:00 PM Q&A

7:10 PM Discussion 1

7:30 PM Discussion 2

7:50 PM Event Wrap Up

Find out more about our upcoming events through social media!

  • Instagram @dtsurrey
  • Twitter @dtsurreybia
  • Facebook @DowntownSurreyBIA

 

Movies Under the Stars in 2021 will be different than in previous years. First, we will be in a different location, not Holland Park. We will only being doing one movie night. There will be no concession. You must register in advance. And the biggest change, it is a drive-in (no walk-ins allowed). A limited number of cars will be admitted.

If the PHO allows us to hold movie nights in the same way we have from 2005-2019, Movies Under the Stars in Holland Park will return in 2022.

We realize that many people look forward every year to Movies Under the Stars at Holland Park (so do we!) but we want to insure everyone’s safety and while we are in Step 3 of COVID-19 re-opening, we are planning to be extra careful. We don’t want to take a step backward after we have all been working so hard to carefully move  toward the end of the pandemic.

We will have more information available on Friday, August 6. So check back here to get the preregistration link, the date, time and location and the name of the movie we will be showing this year.

Community Conversations: Harm Reduction

Community Conversations: Harm Reduction in Surrey

Date: July 29, 2021

Time: 6:30PM – 8:00 PM PDT over Zoom

What is harm reduction? What are the effects of harm reduction? How can we highlight the benefits of harm reduction programs while keeping in mind the effects of harm reduction on the remainder of the community?

Join the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association for the fourth of five Community Conversations that will be taking place throughout the summer!

Community Conversations aims to bring community members to engage in purposeful and meaningful conversation about the future of our community. Previous conversations have included the housing crisis, supporting BIPOC businesses, and food security.

Through a presentation from our guest speakers followed by facilitated discussions, we will be diving deeper into what makes a harm reduction program successful, how improvements can be made to current harm reduction programs, and what community members can do to take action.

Our guest speaker is Jennifer Conway-Brown. Jennifer Conway-Brown is a Regional Harm Reduction Coordinator with the Fraser Health Authority with geographic responsibility for Fraser South including Surrey. Jenn is new in her role at Fraser Health and brings previous experience in the non profit sector in shelter, housing, and peer based harm reduction practice. She is an uninvited white settler living on the traditional and unceded territories of the Katzie Nation, a cisgender queer woman, and a registered social worker. Jenn is passionate about harm reduction and aims to integrate this practice in various settings.

Register your spot on Eventbrite (free!) now. Click here to register

Welcome

Welcome to Downtown Surrey!

As more restrictions are lifted, locals and tourists are coming back to the Downtown core just in time to cool down for the summer. To celebrate, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) is planning a welcome event to greet locals back in Surrey’s Downtown core, and to encourage them to visit businesses in the area.

Following the success of the Santa Window Walk last winter, the summer event will again have an artist paint art adhering to a welcome theme on the windows of all participating businesses, animating and breathing life back into the area. Alongside the paintings, we will be holding three different giveaways on Instagram, which will be open by the end of July for three weeks, from July 23 to August 13. Please note that participants must be following the DSBIA account on Instagram @dtsurrey, and that this giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram.

Here are the following giveaways and rules:
1. Heart Scavenger Hunt: A scavenger hunt giveaway where customers have to look for the common icon (a heart) hidden in all of the paintings, counting the total number. Whoever gives us the right number through our direct messages will win a gift card. (1 winner per week)

2. Support Local: The first 20 people each week to directly message (via instagram or Twitter) their receipt from a business with their welcome message in their window will win a gift card. (20
winners a week).

3. Take a selfie!: Participants are encouraged to take a picture while being in front of the store’s painting and post it on their Instagram. They must tag us and use the hashtags #SummersIn-Surrey and #DTSurreyWelcome. Winners will be randomly selected through a randomized generator, winning a gift card. (5 winners a week).
Winners will be announced on:
Week One: July 30
Week Two: August 6
Week Three: August 13

Be sure to look around the Downtown core area for the wonderful paintings at the end of July, and also follow our social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more details regarding the giveaway (which will be released soon). The Downtown core and a scavenger hunt awaits you!

Businesses/Organizations participating:
Johnston Meier Insurance
Drake Meddox
Lucky Supermarket
Uncle Fatih’s
Bubble 88
Cloverdale Paint
Budget Brake & Muffler
Whalley Optical
Sprite Multimedia
Share Tea
Gong Cha
Westcoast Piercing
Blenz
MLA Bruce Ralston’s office

Community Conversation: Food Security for Marginalized People During COVID

Date: March 24th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm- 8pm over Zoom

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association’s third Community Conversation will be focusing on how marginalized communities have been affected by the pandemic in terms of food security. This is a continuation of a series that started last year. We have had prior conversations around education, environmentalism, and houselessness.

As many of us have experienced a lack of resources, such as toilet paper, baking goods and even bottled water at the height of the pandemic, this is actually a common occurrence for many communities outside of major cities. While we are so privileged to live in an area that regularly has easy access to goods, marginalized people may not have that same access to traditional foods or spices, as many products were not being imported in from overseas. Our guest speaker Annita, who is the Executive Director of CPAWS-BC, will educate us on the ideas around food justice and how we as individuals can impact the systems around the ideas of food justice.

She is the first Indigenous person to lead a Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society chapter, and brings with her a wealth of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work, served three terms as the President of the Tahltan Central Council, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her vision and leadership. Annita was instrumental in the fight to save the Sacred Headwaters in Tahltan Territory, and was honoured with the Leadership Award from Ecotrust for her work.

Caring for lands and waters has always been Annita’s priority. As a Tahltan woman, growing up on Tahltan and Stikine lands, she was always reminded that Indigenous Peoples in Canada have been stewarding lands since time immemorial. Through CPAWS-BC, Annita is bringing forward these teachings and strengthening collaboration between Indigenous Peoples, conservation groups and governments to secure clean air, water, and nutritious food now and forever.

Annita brings a variety of Indigenous foods, culture and humour every Tuesday to Facebook with her live cooking show, “Cooking with Annita”.

Click here to learn more about CPAWS-BC.

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