What a breeze!

Another Year, Another Community Festival

Saturday, June 19, 2010 marked the 12th Annual Whalley Community Festival and an estimated 10,000 people passed through the Festival site on this breezy summer day.  Due to construction of the new Surrey Public Library, the Festival was held at the Central City Plaza with the B-Boy competition held in the North Surrey Rec Centre.

The annual pancake breakfast, put on by the North Surrey Lions Club, was extra delicious this year.  With chocolate chips donated by Charlie’s Chocolate Factory, the Lions were able to make extra special treats for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Vancouver classic rock band Chilliwack headlined the Festival’s events, dipping into their extensive catalogue of hit songs.  They played familiar tunes, like “Lonesome Mary” (which is a favourite among the student interns) and “Whatcha Gonna Do” and finished with showshoppers like “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)” and “Fly at Night“.

Local bands The Wheat in the Barley and All About Jack were also part of the main stage lineup where they had the audience moving to their unique blend of Celtic/Slavic music or singing along to familiar tunes, respectively.

Over on the Plaza stage, bellydancer Nicole Whitney, as well as dancers from Yvonne Walters Country Dancers, Classic Steps Dance Studio and Hawaiian Sunset Dancers entertained the crowd full of dancers and non-dancers alike.

This year’s Kid’s Zone, sponsored by Whalley Daycare, had storytelling sessions presented by Surrey Public Library and Cinemazoo wranglers brought a few of their most talented animal actors.

The Youth Zone boasted a thrilling competition between B-Boy dancers as they fought for the position of “Last Beat Standing”.

Hosting over 90 vendors, with anything from food to crafts, the 12th Annual Whalley Community Festival was a great success.  We want to again thank all of our sponsors for the continued support these last 12 years.  This Festival would not exist without you!

We would also like to thank our amazing volunteers for making sure the Festival ran without a hitch.  A special shout out to the Phoenix Red Shirts, who were on site from before the pancake breakfast at 9:30am until clean up after Chilliwack’s performance.

This event also would not exist without the wonderful support from the community itself.  Without all of the attendees, the Festival site would be a stormy desert, tumbleweed and all.  Thank you again and we hope to see you next year for lucky number 13!

View the Photo Gallery for pictures of the event!

New Downtown Surrey BIA Website

Welcome to the new Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association website!

New fresh and professional look? Check.

Visually appealing? Check.

Event Calendar? Check.

E-mail newsletter sign up? Check.

Interactivity? Check.

Awesome photo gallery? Check.

Blog? Check. Check. Check!

This new website will afford more functionality, and be a great source of information for visitors, community members, and DSBIA members. Exciting new features coming soon include a business directory and a video web series!

Art-ing and Craft-ing at Surrey’s Fusion Festival

Surrey’s Fusion Festival is here!  And the Downtown Surrey BIA is headed there with a boxful of crafts and a bag full of fun.  Join us for a day of fusion-inspired activities, events and entertainment.

Surrey Fusion Festival 2010 will be Surrey’s largest two-day multicultural celebration with more than 25 international pavilions celebrating music, food and culture. Watch headline performances on three stages: World Music Stage, Celebration Stage and Cultural Community Stage, all taking place in Central City’s beautiful urban park.

So far, confirmed headliners for Saturday include Arrested Development and Brasstronaut, and headliners for Sunday include Lehmber Hussainpuri and Grapes of Wrath‘s original line up.

Fusion Festival runs July 17th and 18th, 2010 at Surrey’s magnificent Holland Park located at King George Boulevard and Old Yale Road.  This is the largest multicultural event in Surrey’s history! More than 60,000 people attended this FREE outdoor festival in 2009 and we are expecting 70,000 in 2010.

Visit the Fusion Festival website for more information.

Happy 143rd Birthday Canada!

Canada Day with the City!

Surrey’s 2010 Canada Day Celebration at the Cloverdale Amphitheatre promises to be another incredible day of activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!  The Downtown Surrey BIA is setting up a booth with crafts, information and maybe a sweet treat or two.  ’80’s Canadian rock band Honeymoon Suite headline the day’s celebrations.  Other Canadian acts in the lineup include Ridley Bent, Jessie Farrell, Odds, Stereos and Dragonette.  And for those who are young, or young at heart, beloved children’s songstress Charlotte Diamond will be there to perform her hit songs.

Join the city of Surrey as we say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our great nation!

Visit the Canada Day website for more information!

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