The annual Surrey Tree-Lighting Festival is set to happen at Central City Plaza on Saturday, Nov. 24 - a week earlier than usual.
Electro-pop band Dragonette (responsible for the catchy-as-hell hit "Hello") has been announced as musical headliner of the day-long fest, with support from Dear Rouge, Langley Ukulele Ensemble, Surrey Celebration Dance Team, Revolver (a
Beatles tribute band), Ronnie "Elvis" Scott, Carnival Band and others.
Other attractions will include a ferris wheel, road hockey games, Christmas movies, sleigh rides, ice carvings, a visit from Santa Claus (at 1 p.m) and, of course, the lighting of Surrey's big tree (6: 15 p.m). The entire event, held outdoors and indoors, runs from noon to 8 p.m. For more details, check out www.surrey.ca/treelighting.
Last year's cool event at Central City Plaza featured electric sets by These Kids Wear Crowns and Fefe Dobson, among others, and an appearance by the Grey Cup in the hands of B.C. Lions' Wally Buono (thanks again for the photo op, Rick Chapman!).
The music community on Semiahmoo Peninsula is mourning the death of Jane Carnahan-Schultz, who sang and played rub-board in the band Mojo Zydeco.
She fought breast cancer for three years prior to her passing, on Monday.
Jane's husband, Mojo Zydeco bandleader Randy Schultz, says she wanted the band to continue on, and, in tribute, he's putting together a New Year's Eve show for the band at Crescent Beach Legion hall.
A memorial is planned for 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11 at Crescent United Church, and a celebration of life follows at nearby Camp Alexandra.
MYLES AT ARTS CENTRE WITH FOLK/JAZZ SOUNDS
From New Brunswick comes folk/jazz player Dave Myles, who brings his acoustic trio (with Alan Jeffries on guitar and Kyle Canjak on upright bass) to Surrey Arts Centre's studio theatre on Friday, Nov. 16.
Myles' fifth studio recording, the year-old Into the Sun, explores his love of Brazilian and African music, with spirited pop hooks to spare. The diverse album also offers a second collaboration of his with hip-hop artist Classified.
Myles recently won songwriter of the year honours at the East Coast Music Awards, and has been featured on Stuart McLean's Vinyl Café tour.
Tickets for his trio's gig at the arts centre range from $15 (student rush) to $33.