Buffy Sainte-Marie, Walk off the Earth and Jim Cuddy to headline Virtual Surrey Canada Day

Presented by KPU, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will take place on July 1, with the Family Show from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the Evening Show from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Surrey Canada Day is committed to sharing music, education, entertainment, and the cultural practices of many Indigenous and multicultural artists. The City invites residents to come together to experience diverse cultural expression, as well as the best of Canada and its hope for the future. It is with great respect, humility, and enthusiasm to announce the Surrey Canada Day 2021 lineup featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie, Walk Off the Earth, Jim Cuddy, Bedouin Soundclash, William Prince, JoJo Mason, Celeigh Cardinal and many more.

“Join us for Virtual Surrey Canada Day to experience entertainment, education and cultural sharing,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “The City of Surrey is proud to present international icon Buffy Sainte-Marie, and nationally recognized Canadian stars Walk Off the Earth and Jim Cuddy to our virtual stage. I invite you to tune into our livestream to celebrate incredible Canadian talent and our great country.”

Buffy Sainte-Marie is an award-winning Cree singer-songwriter, innovative artist and humanitarian who has been raising her voice to advocate for Indigenous people all over the world since the mid-1960s. Known for challenging the status quo, Buffy Sainte-Marie sings songs of equality and healing, and is the first Indigenous person to win an Academy Award. She has also won a Golden Globe, multiple JUNO Awards, and the Polaris Music Prize. Joining Buffy Sainte-Marie are Walk off the Earth and Jim Cuddy. Known for their world-renowned YouTube videos, Walk Off the Earth has garnered over 4 million YouTube subscribers, and collaborated with international recording artists including Snoop Dog, Keith Urban and Steve Aoki. Jim Cuddy has been performing for over 35 years and is one of the most recognizable voices in Canadian music thanks to his work with multiple Juno award-winning rock band Blue Rodeo.

“We are delighted to support an opportunity for the people of Surrey to celebrate Canada Day in a safe way in 2021,” says Kwantlen Polytechnic University president Alan Davis. “Having moved most of our classes online during the pandemic, we know first-hand that virtual experiences, while different, are a valuable way of bringing people together to build and strengthen the bonds of friendship and community. We look forward to celebrating the pride and diversity of Canada and the City of Surrey this coming Canada Day.”

Hosted by CTV Morning Live TV personalities Keri Adams and Jason Pires, this year’s free family-friendly virtual event will feature a land acknowledgement from Kwantlen First Nation, as well as Indigenous cultural sharing from Semiahmoo First Nation, Kwantlen First Nation, JJ Lavallee, Carsen Gray, Notorious Cree, Road Engine Dreams, Tim Elijah, Davita Marsden & Matthew Stevens, Darcie Brertton, Alex Wells, Madelaine McCullum, Renae Morriseau, and the Tzokam Traditional Lil’wat Singers. Surrey’s Canada Day celebration will showcase music and dance performances, a “Family Show” for kids and seniors, arts & crafts, special guest appearances, a Surrey Honda live car raffle, and a virtual firework finale to end the night. The livestream will also feature musical performances by Surrey’s Tyler Joe Miller, Royal Academy of Bhangra, Buni Kor, Ndidi Cascade, Ria Mae, comedy by Erica Sigurdson, Play at Home Surrey Contest winner Ashley Pater and more. Plus, viewers can be entered to win over $2,000 of prizes during the livestream!

Additionally, residents of Surrey and across the Lower Mainland are invited to participate in the virtual celebrations by sending in a photo or short video sharing a “Happy Canada Day” message. Each submission will be entered to win a $200 gift card for participating Surrey Store to Door businesses and have a chance to be featured in the broadcast. Those submitting content can do so by posting on Facebook or Instagram using the campaign hashtags #SurreyCanadaDay or by emailing specialevents@surrey.ca.

We acknowledge we are situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land-based nations.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
For more information, visit surrey.ca/canadaday

Community Conversations: Becoming Better Allies to the LGBTQ2 Plus Community

Community Conversations: Becoming Better Allies to the LGBTQ2+ Community

Date: June 17, 2021

Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM PDT over Zoom

During the month of Pride, conversations about how we can support LGBTQIA2S+ members of our community in Surrey are especially important. How can we create more inclusive and safe spaces for the LGBTQIA2S+ community?

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association’s presents the first of five bi-weekly 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 facilitated discussions following a presentation from our guest speaker, we will be diving deeper into the barriers that members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community face, as well as how these issues can be challenged.

Our guest speaker is Jen Marchbank (she/her). Jen Marchbank is a Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. At present she is researching resiliency in trans youth; LGBT experiences of elder abuse; LGBTQ2SIA+ youth in Surrey; and trans youth and mobility access in Surrey. She is also the co-founder and facilitator for Youth 4 A Change and a former Surrey Pride President.

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

Community Conversations: Building Back Better BIPOC Small Businesses

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association’s fourth and final spring Community Conversation. We will be focusing on BIPOC small businesses . This is a continuation of a series that started last year. We have had prior conversations around education, environmentalism, and houselessness.

We will be discussing BIPOC small businesses and the difficulties they may face within our communities. We’ll dive deeper into the barriers that these business owners face from all aspects and how we as individuals can become more educated and support them. We hope that everyone tonight will be able to listen and learn valuable knowledge that can help ensure the BIPOC community is supported.

Our guest speaker Nerissa Allen, is the founder and president of the Black Business Association of BC, a non-profit organization supporting black businesses and entrepreneurs through a variety of resources

As the director of Chattel House Health and Beauty here in Surrey, she has spent the majority of her career in leadership roles, redefining how women of colour are perceived in the workplace. Nerissa has garnered valuable experience from all business levels and is excited to share this wealth of knowledge gained to support other entrepreneurs.

This evening will educate us on how each one of us can impact small BIPOC owned businesses within our communities.

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

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.

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

Community Conversations: Inclusive Classrooms for BIPOC Students

 Date: March 10th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm- 8pm over Zoom

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association’s second Community Conversation of the year will be focusing on ways to better engage with Black, Indigenous and Students of Colour.

For this week’s conversation, we will be doing a deep dive into the ways in which educational institutions can improve upon the accessibility within classrooms, as well as how educators can ensure their spaces are both welcoming, safe and inclusive. Our guest speaker Othniel Spence will be presenting on the current barriers that are within educational institutions that these communities face. Additionally, we will take a look at how places are moving toward creating more welcoming and safe spaces for their students. We will also take a look at how individually we can impact educational systems in order to improve them. Register your spot on Eventbrite (free!) now. Click here to register

Click on Surrey


After a successful Fall 2020, the DSBIA will continue to run the “Click on Surrey” project this winter. For those who don’t know, “Click on Surrey” is a student-intern-led marketing initiative designed to help small businesses in the Downtown Surrey area transition online and implement modern marketing techniques. From website development, social media management, graphic design and other marketing services, this program has a lot to offer local businesses. On top of that, these services are completely free and can be tailored to the needs of each business.

Last year, the Click on Surrey team worked with 14 small businesses and were able to achieve some amazing results. Not only was the team able to support with creating websites and growing businesses’ social media presence, they also assisted in improving signage, business cards, reaching out to suppliers, and providing general business advice.

“One of our most successful clients, who was averaging less than $25 a day before our support, had an impressive increase in revenue of up to $200 a day after we had implemented Google and Facebook ads and helped improve the outside store sign,” said Sophia Sato, the Marketing and Social media intern from Fall 2020.

The business owners who were a part of the “Click on Surrey” initiative also had a lot of positive things to say about the support they received. For instance, Janice Davis, the owner of Royals Beauty Supply had this to say: “I just wanted to say a big thank you to the DSBIA and the Click on Surrey team for reaching out to me in a difficult time like this. They did not stop until I was happy with their work and most importantly they were willing to go through the fight with me.”

This winter, the new interns, Aidan Bain (Marketing), Siobhan Denny (Social Media and Special Events), Rebeka Roga (Communications), Tiffany Wong (Graphic Design and Social Media), and returning intern, Priyanka Krishna (Community Engagement) are excited to build upon the previous team’s progress. They are currently in the process of not only supporting the past year’s businesses but recruiting new local businesses as well.

For details on how to become a part of the program, visit downtownsurreybia.com, email

info@downtownsurreybia.com or call 604-580-2321.

Community Conversations: Mental Health within the BIPOC Community During Covid


Date: February 24th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm- 8pm over Zoom

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is happy to welcome back our Spring Community Conversations. The first conversation to bring in the new year is the idea of mental health within the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities. This is a continuation of a series that started last year. We have had prior conversations around education, environmentalism, and houselessness.

For this week’s conversation, we welcome our guest speaker Hussein Elhagehassan who will be presenting on the current barriers around mental health that these communities face.

Register your spot on Eventbrite (free!) now. 

Click here to register 

Gingerbread Village 2020 Winners

The Downtown Surrey BIA is pleased to announce that Gingerbread Village that took place at Central City from December 5-13 raised $2670.00 for the Surrey Christmas Bureau..

The winning entries are:


People’s Choice Award

KB Woodward Elementary School

Runner-up: Hughes Family



1st Place:  John Volken Academy

2nd Place:  Young Families Program

3rd Place: Community Living


Elementary School

1st Place: KB Woodward Elementary

2nd Place: David Brankin Elementary School


Secondary School

1st Place: Surrey Schools Foundation Youth Program


Post Secondary School

1st Place: Anju & Karin


Open A (adults)

1st Place: Veronica’s Team

2nd Place: Savannah

3rd Place: Amber

4th Place: Hughes Family


Open B (teens)

1st Place: Samantha

2nd Place: Ian


Open C (children)

1st Place: Charlene and Cassidy

2nd Place: Holden and Ellie


Pictures of the Gingerbread creations are available here http://downtownsurreybia.com/event/gingerbread-village-2020/

Gingerbread Village 2020

This holiday season the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association presents Gingerbread Village for the fourth year in a row. Come visit Central City Shopping Centre from December 5th to December 13th to appreciate the wonderful gingerbread creations people in the community have made, and vote for your favourite one by donating to the Surrey Christmas Bureau!

Each gingerbread creation will be different, so take the time to appreciate the details and hard work our participants have put into their festive creations. As you take a look around the Gingerbread Village, you will also enjoy the delicious and warm scent of cinnamon and nutmeg surrounding the display.

When you vote for your favourite gingerbread creation you will also be donating money to charity. Each dollar given to a gingerbread creation will be counted as a vote and donated to the Surrey Christmas Bureau. The Surrey Christmas Bureau will be donating toys, stocking stuffers and groceries to over 2000 low-income families this holiday season. So, not only will you have the pleasure to admire and vote for your favourite gingerbread creation, but your vote will be going towards helping families in our community.

We will also be holding two different giveaways for people that come out and vote! When you vote and donate online, you will be automatically entered to win one of two $250 gift cards to Central City Shopping Centre. And remember when we said to pay attention to details? We will be asking three questions related to the gingerbread display. Those who answer correctly could win one of three $50 gift cards!  That’s a lot of money that could be used on holiday shopping or to treat yourself, so be sure to visit our display and join in on a fun holiday festivity!  

Location: Central City Shopping Centre

Date: Dec. 5 – Dec. 13, 2020

Time: 11pm – 6pm

Community Conversations: Amplifying Bravery & Strength within Indigenous Communities

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Where: Zoom

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association wraps up this year’s Community Conversations series by shining light on the bravery and strength of Surrey’s Indigenous communities. With guest speakers from the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee’s Skookum Lab, Community Conversations aims to inform community members on how methods of Indigenous Social Innovation have lead to the closing of gaps and societal inequalities. And above all, how Indigenous Social Innovation methods empower Indigenous youth and persons by making their lived experiences visible. What barriers do Indigenous persons and youth commonly face today? What does it mean to be an Indigenous person living through the COVID-19 pandemic? What are some tangible steps that communities can do to support Indigenous populations? Join us on Thursday, November. 19th from 7:00pm-8:30pm to learn how you can support the empowerment of Surrey’s Indigenous communities. Register FOR FREE today!

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The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is excited to have Skookum Lab Ambassadors, Megan Rosso and Krystal Dumais-Ziprick, as our Community Conversations guest speakers. Megan Rosso is a Carrier Sekani woman from the Lake Babine Nation, in Northern interior of British Columbia. She comes from the house of the firekeepers and belongs to the Caribou clan. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication studies with Simon Fraser University. Megan has experience supporting indigenous communities for over 10 years in a variety of roles. She often utilizes her own array of experiences to engage actively within the indigenous communities that surround her. Megan’s previous community support initiatives have exemplified her dedication and commitment to assisting and encouraging her community members. She is currently working as an Employment Advisor with Aboriginal Community Careers Employment Services Society (ACCESS) and is an Ambassador with Skookum Labs in Surrey.

Krystal Dumais- Ziprick is Plains Cree from the Treaty 6 Nation in Saskatchewan. She is a small business owner and hairstylist in Surrey, B.C. for Simply Style Mobile Hair Design. She travels across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island where she does mobile hairdressing for families, group parties, event styling, clients with special needs, children with behavioural and special designations. She graduated from Surrey College Hairdressing Program, The Pics Best Program, the Ch’nook Aboriginal Management Program at the Sauder School of Business, and Community Leaders Igniting Change program at the Beedie School of Business at SFU. Krystal is also the PAC co-President for Kwantlen Park Secondary and Vice President of the PAC for KB Woodward Elementary School. Krystal is a Skookum Lab ambassador and has been a part of Skookum Lab since the beginning. She likes being a part of like-minded and strong Indigenous ambassadors that help with Skookum Lab and SUILC with their methodologies of addressing and tackling Indigenous Youth in Poverty. She enjoys presenting on behalf of Skookum Lab and has developed the skills to do so thanks to the leadership education she has received since joining. She has made some great friends and enjoys beading and making ribbon skirts with some of the different groups Skookum Lab have going on.

For more information about Skookum Lab, go to https://surreyindigenousleadership.ca/

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