Cheers to You, Canada!

Never did we expect the incredible response we had this Canada Day!  As we were setting up our arts and crafts tent, aspiring artists and crafters arrived early and stayed late.  We could barely keep up with the supply and demand throughout the day!  We were making visors to shield the sun (or the rain) and bookmarks to decorate your books.  But, our best selling craft that were our maple leaf wands.  The day was spent scotch taping, glitter glueing, ribbon tying and all kinds of tomfoolery.

Intern Marie managed to venture the Cloverdale grounds and took some pictures.  They should be on the website in a couple of days.  Intern Sarah was most excited about the proximity of the face painting station and sported a nice looking design all day.  Intern Melanie experienced nostalgia as Charlotte Diamond charmed the children (and herself) on the main stage.

We would also like to send a special, special thanks to all of our volunteers that day.  Without their help and enthusiasm, we would have had a lot of upset kids with no crafts in their hands and sadness in their hearts.  Thanks to all who made Canada’s 143rd birthday bash the biggest and best one yet!

Always Working For the Weekend – More Events!

No rest for the wicked it seems!  The Downtown Surrey BIA office is a buzz for this upcoming weekend.

SATURDAY JULY 10 marks the very first Q Fest in downtown Surrey!  Organized by Quattro and the Downtown Surrey BIA, this guaranteed block party will surely be fun in the sun, as residents of downtown Surrey welcome their new neighbours into the area.  It’s about neighbours meeting neighbours, new residents getting together with old residents in the area and having a grand old time.

There will be plenty of information about the area, as many organizations and groups will be present.  Look for the RCMP, BC Hydro, Surrey Parks & Rec, The Surrey Now, Surrey Food Bank Society and Cinemazoo among many others.  Activities will include face painting and live entertainment in the forms of singing, dancing and martial art-ing (courtesy of Sun Hang Do) .  We hope to see on Saturday!  Be sure to say hi to us DS BIA gals (Interns Melanie and Sandra, Tracey, Bonnie).

Starting around noon, the shindig is located on WHALLEY BOULEVARD (E Whalley Ring Road) between 107A and 108 Avenue.

SUNDAY JULY 11 marks the Annual Surrey Pride Festival featuring live bands entertainment, community/business booths, food vendors and much more!  The Downtown Surrey BIA will be there with an inflatable, bouncy castle and crafts for everyone.  Finish the weekend off right by celebrating diversity and equality at the Pride Festival.  We hope to see you on Sunday as well!  Say hi to us at our DS BIA tent (Interns Sarah and Marie, Tracey, Bonnie).

Located at HOLLAND PARK, the fun stars at 11:30am until 5:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Surrey this weekend!

ETA:  Sorry, wrong dates were previously posted.  This has been corrected.

Produce, Food and Artisans, Oh My!

The Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market is in full swing and all the vendors await your visit.  The lure of fresh produce should entice any taste buds, while the baked goods, unique gifts and book exchange should tempt any passerby to stop and look.

The Downtown Surrey BIA office is already addicted to the large boxes of inexpensively purchased and locally grown strawberries.  The baked goods have already racked up great reviews and Intern Marie has bought some basil for her much anticipated pesto pasta.

The Market is located at the NORTH SURREY REC CENTRE COURTYARD (below the Surrey Central Skytrain Station) every WEDNESDAY from 1 pm – 6 pm.

For more information, visit the Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market website.  Make sure to also follow them on Twitter and join their Facebook group.

Watch the video below for more information!

Read the Book, See the Movie – Movies Under the Stars 2010

End those summertime activities with an annual Downtown Surrey BIA event!  Movies Under the Stars is happening once again at HOLLAND PARK and should not be missed.  Every Saturday in August, fun events will start at 4:30pm and the movie begins when the sun goes down.  Please bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas.

Presented by Prospera Credit Union, Movies Under the Stars is a free event for the whole family.  Refreshments will be available at the North Surrey Lions Club BBQ.

Come by the Downtown Surrey BIA booth at:

Surrey Fusion Festival JULY 15-17, 2010
Surrey Pride Festival JULY 11, 2010

to pick up a reminder bookmark and ask us about the event!  Hope to see you out and about in downtown Surrey!

Schedule of Movies:

AUGUST 7, 2010: The Wizard of Oz
AUGUST 14, 2010: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
AUGUST 21, 2010: The Last Song (with Miley Cyrus)
AUGUST 28, 2010: How to Train Your Dragon

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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