Party for the Planet 2017

Join us on Saturday, April 22nd at City Hall Plaza for Party for the Planet. This free event will take place from 10:00am – 6:00pm and consist of activities, performances, and headlining artist Shawn Hook. Shawn Hook is best known for his single “Sound of Your Heart,” which has over 17 million worldwide streams on Spotify and is certified platinum in Canada.

Party for the Planet is BC’s largest Earth Day celebration. In 2016, approximately 20,000 people attended! The DSBIA will be doing the Kids World eco-friendly arts and crafts booth. There will also be a tree and plant sale, including apple, cherry, pear, fig, plum trees, and many more. Be sure to check out the enviro bungee, rock climbing wall, and Safeway’s bike-powered smoothie stop!

Surrey’s Canada 150 Program Launch

Mayor Linda Hepner kicked off Surrey’s City-wide Canada 150 Program last Tuesday, February 21st at City Hall. As part of the announcement, the City had a number of performers and entertainers, including Laura Grizzly Paws, and a Canadian cover band.

Mayor Hepner announced that for Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, the City of Surrey will feature a number of special concerts and events. On April 22nd, Party for the Planet returns to Surrey City Hall with feature headliner Shawn Hook, best known for his single “Sound of Your Heart.”

On July 1st, the largest Western Canada Day Concert will take place at Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre with Canada-based group Hedley, who has garnered over 60 million video views and 17 number one MuchMusic videos.

Surrey Fusion Festival at Holland Park will be held on July 22-23rd, with the internationally successful Nelly Furtado headlining the event. Furtado has over 16 million records sold world-wide and her two-decade career has reached every part of the globe.

Canada 150 zones will be incorporated at every major event this summer, which showcase our history and include Canadian-themes activities. There will also be local performances by First Nation’s performers, hoop dancers, French-Canadian artists, and more.

DSBIA Members Get Your Survey In

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is up for renewal in 2018. The current term ends March 31, 2018. As such, The Downtown Surrey BIA is surveying its members to determine the membership’s priorities over the next five years. The BIA provides a way for property owners and businesses to join together to promote and improve the economic vitality of their business district.

We have mailed out copies of the survey via unaddressed ad-mail to all BIA members. Please return the surveys to the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association at #330-10362 King George Blvd or fax to 604.580.6321 or email info@downtownsurreybia.com at your earliest convenience.

The survey is also available online and all surveys will be kept confidential. Take the survey here.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the BIA office at 604.580.2321 or email us at info@downtownsurreybia.com

The Bike Patrol

The bike patrol is part of the DSBIA’s ongoing efforts to address safety concerns in the area with the goal of creating a vibrant and livable downtown. In addition riding throughout the area each shift monitoring “hot spots”, they meet regularly with the Surrey RCMP and the DSBIA to discuss data they compile from incident reports and security responses.

The bike patrol observes the Downtown Surrey area for nuisance activity and responds accordingly. They encourage DSBIA members to be proactive regarding security of their premises and the safety of their employees, and can be easily identified by the markings on their yellow jackets.

If you have nuisance concerns on your property and need assistance from the bike patrol, please call the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association from Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm at 604-580-2321. After hours (Monday to Friday between 5-7 pm and Saturday 9 am – 7pm) please contact Concord Security and ask for the DSBIA Bike Patrol at 604-689-4005.

Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm: 604-580-2321

Monday to Friday, 5 pm – 7 pm: 604-689-4005

Saturday, 9 am – 7 pm: 604-689-4005

Explore The George

Downtown Surrey is growing at an unprecedented pace, transforming into an urban downtown core. “The George,” formally known as King George Boulevard, runs right through a community of businesses, large and small. With a wealth of restaurants and shops, a developing medical technology hub, an expanding financial district, and some of the best post-secondary education in British Columbia, Downtown Surrey is your ideal urban community to work, live, and explore.

There are so many ways you can #ExploreTheGeorge any day of the year. Visit our website to get to know our local businesses and learn how you can start exploring the George!

http://explorethegeorge.com/

Information Session

fortisbc-tag-stackedl-c-cmykFortis is planning upgrades in our area to ensure the reliability and integrity of the system to meet current and future energy needs.

Visit talkingenergy.ca/systemupgrades

Want to attend the information session? Visit talkingenergy/infosessions now to register for the following information session:

January 24, 2017 from 6-8pm at City Centre Library (room 120 – 10350 University Drive)

 

 

 

Public Responsibility During Snow and Ice Conditions

Remember that residents and businesses are responsible under City Bylaws to clear any accumulated snow from sidewalks located adjacent to their property as soon as possible to ensure the safety of pedestrians. In our temperate climate where snow can melt during the day and freeze into ice overnight, it is important to keep pathways where people could slip and fall clear of any snow or ice.

For snow shovels, salt, or anything else you might need during these winter conditions, visit a local shop such as Canadian Tire (13665 102 Ave) or Walmart (2151 – 10153 King George Blvd).

 

Christmas on the George

Christmas is coming early to King George Boulevard! From now until December 12th 2016, celebrate #ChristmasOnTheGeorge, a chance to #EatLocal, #ShopLocal, and win one of many fabulous gift baskets valued at over $400.

To enter, all you need to do is go into a participating business and ask for your Christmas on the George entry form! Participating businesses will have the above sign displayed outside their storefront, and there is a list of them below. No purchase is required (however we would love if you chose to support our local businesses) and each person is allowed ONE entry per store. The winners of the contest will be announced on December 12th at our Mugs and Mingle event, which will take place inside our office at 10362 King George Blvd from 4-6 pm. This event will provide free coffee and hot chocolate, and serve as an opportunity for members of the community and local businesses to mingle and talk with each other. The winners will also be announced on our social media channels following the Mugs and Mingle event.

We encourage you to follow our social media channels for updates on the Christmas on the George contest, business promos from shops participating in the contest, as well as sneak peeks at some of the prizes included in the gift baskets! You can follow us at:

Facebook – @downtownsurreybia | Twitter – @dtsurreybia | Instagram – @dtsurrey

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If you have any questions or comments about the contest, you can contact us at 604-580-2321. Thanks for choosing to celebrate #ChristmasOnTheGeorge with us this holiday season!

List of Business Participating:

  • African Cultural Village (10679 King George Blvd)
  • Blenz (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Browns Social House (9666 King George Blvd)
  • Bros BBQ (13652 Grosvenor Rd)
  • Bozzini’s (13655 104 Ave)
  • Canadian Tire (13665 102 Ave)
  • Craving for a Game (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Fukuda Sushi (10537 King George Blvd)
  • Lorenzo Clothing (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Mucho Burrito (9666 King George Blvd)
  • Nahm Thai (13650 102 Ave)
  • Northwest Eye Doctor (13737 96 Ave)
  • Pharmasave (10654 King George Blvd)
  • Past Time Sports (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Pet Solutions (10602 King George Blvd)
  • Round Up Café (10449 King George Blvd)
  • Safeway (10355 King George Blvd)
  • Save-On-Foods (10312 King George Blvd)
  • Staples (10136 King George Blvd)
  • Starbucks (10362 King George Blvd)
  • Sprite Computers (13597 King George Blvd)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart (Central City Mall, 13450 102 Ave)
  • Tandy Leather (13624 108 Ave)
  • Taste of Punjab (10009 Whalley Blvd)
  • Whalley Optical (10706 King George Blvd)

Ryley & Chloe’s Funraizer

Every child should wake up to a toy on Christmas morning. This holiday season, seven year old Ryley and four year old Chloe are doing their part to make that happen in Surrey. On Saturday, November 26th 2016, Ryley and Chloe will be holding their 3rd annual “funraizer” to collect toys and donations to give to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

This year the funraizer will be a Spaghetti dinner, held at Knight & Day Restaurant at 9677 King George Boulevard. The dinner will run from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm, and guests can arrive and leave as they please. However, guests are encouraged to stay till the end of the event so they can enter their name in a raffle to win a gift basket of prizes.

Tickets for the dinner cost $12 and can be purchased at the Downtown Surrey BIA office in person or by calling 604- 580-2321. In addition, Ryley and Chloe request all guests bring a toy or cash donation to give to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

Why is the event called a “funraizer” you ask? Ryley says it is because their fundraiser is designed to collects toys for kids and “toys are fun”!

Enjoy a tasty dinner amongst friends and family and do your part to give back to the community this holiday season, by joining Ryley and Chloe in their mission to put toys on the shelf at the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

Surrey Social Innovation Summit

From The City of Surrey:

Across Canada, cities are increasingly turning to social innovation to address complex community-based issues including poverty, addiction, unemployment, affordable housing, health and safety. In Surrey, we’re also seeing that new ideas, more creativity and greater collaboration between government, agencies, academics, and the community can have dramatic positive impacts on people and organizations. On November 23rd, some of Canada’s most effective and inspiring social innovation leaders will come to the 2nd Annual Surrey Social Innovation Summit to share their unique experience and insight, along with social innovation success stories from their communities. It’s a chance for us to carry on the conversation from last year’s inaugural Summit and to explore new ways to build better communities. Please join us at this exciting event and add your voice to this exciting dialogue for change. To register and learn more, please visit http://www.surrey.ca/community/19760.aspx.