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Surrey Announces Headliners for 2013 Fusion Festival

KOS

June 12, 2013

Surrey, BC - The City of Surrey in collaboration with Coast Capital Savings is holding BC's largest multicultural celebration, Surrey Fusion Festival at Holland Park on July 20 & 21, 2013 with an incredible spectrum of music and culture taking place on four stages. Last year's event attracted over 100,000 people!

"Fusion Festival is a celebration of our community's diversity with over 35 cultural pavilions, food and great live entertainment that will showcase Surrey's spirit," said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.

Headlining on Saturday night is Canadian rapper, k-os. His innovative sound has garnered multiple Juno and Much Music Video Award nominations plus a Grammy nomination. His recordings have achieved platinum sales and the audience will be wowed with his unique fusion of rock and hip-hop.

To close the event on Sunday evening, we’re bringing the spectacle of Bollywood to Fusion Festival by presenting Shiamak Davar's TOIFA Bollywood Remix. This performance will celebrate 100 years of Bollywood Cinema, and will include special guests including Bollywood singers, pianists, drummers and dancers.

Also performing this year are hipsters The Zola’s, South Asian vocalist Shweta Subram, indie rock band Zerbin, Peak Performance finalists Jordan Klassen and hip hop artist Kyprios. Jim Byrnes and Steve Dawson will be celebrating 15 years of musical collaborations with a special set.

New this year is an entertainment line-up on Saturday afternoon geared to seniors with Dixieland performers, chorus groups and even senior’s bhangra dancing. Additionally, Sunday morning will feature a new children's matinee with puppets, stories, singers and the BC Junior Talent Search winners. Plus, the Fusion PowWow is back again this year. Formal events will begin at 11:00 am with the Grand Entry at 12:30 each day. The Fusion Pow Wow includes drummers, dancers and singers from throughout the region.

"Our theme this year is 'Welcome' and we're inviting everyone to come and experience the cultural richness of our community," said Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of Surrey's Diversity Advisory Committee."

"Coast Capital is committed to help build a richer future for youth in our communities,” said Wendy Lachance, Director, Community Leadership for Coast Capital Savings. “A big component of that commitment is focused on events and organizations that build belonging. Surrey’s Fusion Festival is a fantastic example of a free family fun event that celebrates our multicultural, inclusionary community.”

Find out more by visiting www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival

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For project information:

Bryan Tasaka
Project Manager, Special Events
City of Surrey 604-591-4834

Mayor’s Office Media Contact:

Judy Mann
Executive Assistant, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey 778-846-0397