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Singer Krystle Dos Santos will perform a free online concert during 2021 BC Culture Days, from Oct. 8-15 as part of the Surrey series. (Photo: culturedays.ca)

Surrey’s ‘Culture Days’ series mixes in-person, online events starting Sept. 24

Month-long BC Culture Days celebration marks 12th anniversary this year

Singer Krystle Dos Santos will perform a free online concert during 2021 BC Culture Days, from Oct. 8-15 as part of the Surrey series. (Photo: culturedays.ca)
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Surrey’s Merkules to play Vancouver’s Commodore on fall tour of Western Canada

‘Excited to get back on tour,’ the rapper wrote on Facebook

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A look at the food-themed board game Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum. (submitted photo)

Surrey woman’s ‘Steam Up’ game serves dim sum-inspired fun with lesson in Asian culture

Game-loving pair launch company to create and publish Asian-themed games

A look at the food-themed board game Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum. (submitted photo)
Image from a poster for the film “Arab Blues,” shown during the inaugural Shakti Film Festival in 2020. (Photo: filmfreeway.com)

Women in strong, creative roles the focus of films at second Surrey festival

Submissions sought in four categories for mid-October online screenings, with prizes awarded

Image from a poster for the film “Arab Blues,” shown during the inaugural Shakti Film Festival in 2020. (Photo: filmfreeway.com)
Peninsula actor Viva Lee, 11, is one of the regional finalists in the World Monologue Games, which will be livestreamed until October. Contributed photo

Young Semiahmoo Peninsula actor in monologue finals

Viva Lee will compete in online ‘lockdown-friendly’ event

Peninsula actor Viva Lee, 11, is one of the regional finalists in the World Monologue Games, which will be livestreamed until October. Contributed photo
Photo posted to facebook.com/cougarcreekhouseofhorrors.

Surrey’s ‘House of Horrors’ to reopen with new name this Halloween after Potter’s sale

The ‘haunted’ houses in Newton were closed last year due to the pandemic

Photo posted to facebook.com/cougarcreekhouseofhorrors.
Video of an online “Emergency” performance during Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival last year. (YouTube photo)

A dance of ‘anxious experiences in public washrooms’ at Surrey event Sept. 10

‘Unique performance piece’ was originally created in 2012 and performed in Japan

Video of an online “Emergency” performance during Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival last year. (YouTube photo)
Former Vancouver Canucks hockey player Dave Babych tees off at Surrey’s Northview Golf & Country Club during the 2018 Jake Milford Charity Invitational tournament. (File photo: Tom Zillich)
Former Vancouver Canucks hockey player Dave Babych tees off at Surrey’s Northview Golf & Country Club during the 2018 Jake Milford Charity Invitational tournament. (File photo: Tom Zillich)
White Rock Players Club cast members (left to right) Kaden Chad (Sir Lancelot), Tony Loyer (Patsy), Jerret Swartz (Sir Bedevere), James T. Walker (King Arthur), Jake Hildebrand (Sir Robin) and co-director Dann Wilhelm (Sir Galahad) reflect on the comedic chaos that is Monty Python’s Spamalot, presented – in keeping with pandemic rules - Sept. 8 to Oct. 3 at the White Rock Playhouse. Contributed photo

Monty Python musical an ambitious challenge for White Rock Players Club

Grail-quest spoof ‘Spamalot’ comes to White Rock stage Sept. 8

White Rock Players Club cast members (left to right) Kaden Chad (Sir Lancelot), Tony Loyer (Patsy), Jerret Swartz (Sir Bedevere), James T. Walker (King Arthur), Jake Hildebrand (Sir Robin) and co-director Dann Wilhelm (Sir Galahad) reflect on the comedic chaos that is Monty Python’s Spamalot, presented – in keeping with pandemic rules - Sept. 8 to Oct. 3 at the White Rock Playhouse. Contributed photo
Surrey’s Tom Hopkins Ravine Park, as shown in video posted to Gill Studio’s channel on YouTube.com.
Surrey’s Tom Hopkins Ravine Park, as shown in video posted to Gill Studio’s channel on YouTube.com.
Artist Joseph P. Ghabi in video posted to facebook.com/joseph.ghabi.

‘I didn’t start out as a painter’: Late-bloomer Ghabi to talk at Surrey Art Gallery

Since 2017, the Lebanon-born artist has produced hundreds of paintings

Artist Joseph P. Ghabi in video posted to facebook.com/joseph.ghabi.
Surrey-raised Joash Almeda makes music as Babylung. (submitted photo)

‘To Live and Die in Surrey’: Babylung returns home to record new album (thanks, pandemic)

‘I love creating stories built around my life experiences growing up as a troubled youth and finding myself after pursuing music’

Surrey-raised Joash Almeda makes music as Babylung. (submitted photo)
Young Peninsula jazz drummer Oliver Fentum, formerly of Semiahmoo Secondary, will spend his Grade 12 year at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan on a scholarship. Contributed photo

White Rock jazz drummer wins prestigious scholarship to U.S. school

Oliver Fentum heading to Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy for Grade 12 year

Young Peninsula jazz drummer Oliver Fentum, formerly of Semiahmoo Secondary, will spend his Grade 12 year at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan on a scholarship. Contributed photo
Sandy Gerber talks about “The Secret to Successful Romantic Relationships” during the TEDxBearCreekPark event in March 2021. The event is now known as TEDxSurrey, next planned for Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Bell Performing Arts Centre. (Photo: YouTube.com)

The re-branded TEDxSurrey event books a February date at Bell theatre

The name change is ‘a real honour for us,’ says Alan Warburton, the event’s licensee/curator

Sandy Gerber talks about “The Secret to Successful Romantic Relationships” during the TEDxBearCreekPark event in March 2021. The event is now known as TEDxSurrey, next planned for Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Bell Performing Arts Centre. (Photo: YouTube.com)
Dancers at the 2017 FVDED in the Park music festival at Holland Park in Surrey. (File photo: Gord Goble)

Surrey’s FVDED music festival moves to Vancouver venues for 2021

September dates planned at PNE concert site and nightclubs

Dancers at the 2017 FVDED in the Park music festival at Holland Park in Surrey. (File photo: Gord Goble)
TEASER PHOTO BRANDON ISAAK

In hotel penthouse where legends slept, Surrey blues musician created ‘Modern Primitive’

‘There were spirits of the greats with us while we were recording,’ recalls Brandon Isaak’s musical partner

TEASER PHOTO BRANDON ISAAK
Surrey-based band Celestial Ruin features, from left to right, bass player Mike Dagenais, drummer Adam Todd, vocalist Larissa Dawn and guitar player Marcus Carey. (submitted photo)

Fiery new video helps reignite hard-rock band Celestial Ruin, with Surrey roots

The decade-old quartet continues in ‘restart’ mode that began in 2019, prior to the pandemic

Surrey-based band Celestial Ruin features, from left to right, bass player Mike Dagenais, drummer Adam Todd, vocalist Larissa Dawn and guitar player Marcus Carey. (submitted photo)
Hailey Conner will star in Peninsula Productions’ Sorry, Wrong Number later this month in White Rock. (Guy Fauchon photo)

Classic radio play set for White Rock stage

Peninsula Productions’ Sorry, Wrong Number to be limited run, limited seating event

Hailey Conner will star in Peninsula Productions’ Sorry, Wrong Number later this month in White Rock. (Guy Fauchon photo)
Decorations were hung with care around downtown Vernon for a new film being shot in town Aug. 9, 2021. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)

Christmas movie filming in Vernon transforms downtown into winter wonderland

Three Hallmark films and one Lifetime being shot in Okanagan

Decorations were hung with care around downtown Vernon for a new film being shot in town Aug. 9, 2021. (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce photo)
The Beauty Shop Dolls sing at Hawthorne Park on Aug. 26, as part of the sold-out Sounds of Summer concert series. (File photo)

Sold-out Sounds of Summer concerts start Thursday in Surrey

Meantime, Surrey’s Summer POP! series of ‘performances outdoors in parks’ continues until Sept. 12

The Beauty Shop Dolls sing at Hawthorne Park on Aug. 26, as part of the sold-out Sounds of Summer concert series. (File photo)