On Saturday, April 27, 2013 the City of Surrey hosted Party for the Planet, BC’s largest Earth Day celebration, at Central City with a free family festival and live concerts. Activities included recycling stations, collecting free saplings, story times with the Surrey Library, learning with the Surrey Nature Centre, face painting, and meet and greets with Max and Ruby, kept revelers busy.
Under a cloudy canopy, thousands gathered for free concerts with acts like Shane Philip, The Matinee, Fighting for Ithaca, Hey Ocean and Lights who closed out the event.
Having just returned from JunoFest in Regina, The Matinee had fans jumping up and down as they kicked things off with L’Absinthe and played tunes from their latest release, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise like Who Stoned The Roses and their first single Young & Lazy.
Also returning from JunoFest, where they were nominees for Breakthrough Group of the Year, Hey Ocean had thousands of festival-goers, young and old, dancing their feet off to favourite singles like Jolene, and Big Blue Wave as well as a cover of Arcade Fire’s Sprawl II and Make a New Dance Up which slides into a cover of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
Lights brought her electro pop to Surrey sporting a new blond hairstyle and smiling at adoring (screaming) fans every chance she got.
The talented young Canadian (who won New Artist of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards) played songs from The Listening (2009) and her latest release Siberia (2011) as the audience sang along.
That’s a wrap on another successful festival for the City of Surrey. Follow Surrey Events on Twitter for more information about the city’s events. Coming up soon we have the Surrey Children’s Festival in May followed by the annual Canada Day celebration in Cloverdale.