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Cloverdale Online Blog Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada Fri, 27 May 2016 23:17:06 +0000 en hourly 1 Tom Cochrane & Red Rider to Headline 2016 Canada Day Celebration Wed, 25 May 2016 23:15:06 +0000 admin The City of Surrey announced today Canadian rock legend Tom Cochrane & Red Rider will headline its annual free Canada Day celebration at Surrey’s Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre on Friday, July 1.

Presented by Coast Capital Savings, this year’s family friendly celebration—which marks Canada’s 149th birthday—will be the largest Canada Day event in Western Canada with attendance expected to surpass 110,000 people.

“Our annual Canada Day celebration always brings out a big crowd to enjoy the festivities and stellar live entertainment,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “With iconic Canadian rock legends Tom Cochrane & Red Rider headlining this year, I expect another huge gathering of flag waving and proud Canadians will be on hand to celebrate our national pride, community spirit and what it means to be Canadian.”

This year’s musical guests will also feature Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Dudes, En Karma, Heroes of Rock and DJ Flipout. Event festivities include a midway with games and rides, over 100 exhibitors, an expanded kids’ play area and new for 2016: the Canada 150 count-down zone and the Science World on the Road show.

“Surrey’s free Canada Day celebration draws residents and fellow Canadians together to honour our great country and one another,” said Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Parks, Recreation & Sport Tourism Committee. “An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the generous support of our various corporate sponsors including Coast Capital Savings, Care at Home and CTV.”

“Our community promise is to help build a richer future for our youth in your community, and family events like Canada Day celebrations are the perfect opportunity to do that, and to unreservedly show our Canadian colours and celebrate all things Canadian,” said Wendy Lachance, Director, Community Leadership. “Showing an appreciation of our rich cultural diversity, our proud history and our heritage is a key part of Coast Capital Savings’ Youth Get It investment program as it helps to bring our community together.”

Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre is located at 176 Street and 64 Avenue in Cloverdale. Doors open at 10am with the fireworks finale at 10:15pm.

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Surrey seeks bids on Museum expansion Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:32:53 +0000 admin The City of Surrey is seeking Requests for Proposal from developers for a $6,700,000 expansion to the Surrey Museum in Cloverdale.

Closing date for bids is January 14, 2015, with construction estimated to start in August or September 2016, and completion expected in late 2017.

The expansion will allow the museum to host major travelling exhibits, as well as providing more exhibit and storage space for the museum’s extensive collection of local artifacts.

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Grand Opening of Surrey’s New Entertainment Destination – Elements Casino – Scheduled for Dec. 17 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 01:56:10 +0000 admin On Thursday, December 17, the wait will finally be over as Surrey’s newest entertainment destination, Elements Casino, is set to open.

“The countdown is on and the entire team is looking forward to welcoming our guests and first time visitors to our Grand Opening celebration as we officially introduce Elements Casino to the community and marketplace,” said Michael Kim, General Manager, Fraser Downs Racetrack and Elements Casino will aspire to be an all-inclusive, full service gaming entertainment venue that will deliver unrivaled personalized service, exciting live entertainment options, unsurpassed dining experiences and gaming offerings consisting of casino games and standardbred horse racing. The property will feature more than 500 state-of-the-art interactive slot machines along with table games such as squeeze baccarat, blackjack, roulette and poker.

Guests will be able to enjoy new dining options focused on profiling fresh and modern menu styles all while experiencing live entertainment showcasing local and regional talent.

Elements Casino will replace the existing Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino located in Surrey, BC, one of the fastest growing cities in Canada.

“We look forward to the grand opening of Elements Casino as it will give us an opportunity to elevate, improve and diversify the entertainment experience within the Surrey marketplace, a region that is currently growing and projected to be the most populated city in Metro Vancouver by 2020,” said Chuck Keeling, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.

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New Kids’ Gallery opens at the Surrey Museum Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:16:07 +0000 admin Surrey Museum debuted its newest exhibit at a grand opening event on Saturday: phase one of an interactive Kids’ Gallery developed around the theme of sustainability. The new gallery is designed to help children learn about challenging concepts like climate change, carbon footprint and energy conservation.

“Sustainability considerations and how our choices today will affect our community tomorrow underlie every decision we make as a City,” said City of Surrey Mayor, Linda Hepner. “Adding a sustainability-themed Kids’ Gallery to our Museum will engage children and youth in this important conversation, and help promote an awareness of stewardship into their everyday life.”

“The Kid’s Gallery at the Surrey Museum is a prime example of the priority the City places on our young people,” Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Chair of Chair of the Culture Development Advisory Committee. “This brand new interactive gallery will invite children to take an active role when learning about Surrey’s heritage and how our City is moving forward by planning for a sustainable future.”

Among its features, the gallery includes a tree fort for climbing, safe experiments with electricity and an energy bike.

The gallery was developed by the Surrey Museum staff through consultation with children’s museums in the Seattle area, Telus World of Science, and the BC school curriculum. Partnerships in its development include City of Surrey’s Sustainability Office, BC Hydro, Fortis, and Surrey-based wind turbine producer, Endurance Windpower.

The gallery will be refreshed through Fall 2016 with changing themes of energy, water and agriculture. Future expansion of the Museum, expected in 2017, will see this Kids Gallery triple in size. For more information visit

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Hiebert Announces Canada 150 Funding Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:14:53 +0000 admin Local MP Russ Hiebert announced $330,000 in funding to support three projects through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, today at the Royal Canadian Legion.

The Canada 150 funding will upgrade existing signage to city parks and trails in White Rock; will help with undertaking capital improvements to the Sunnyside Hall in Surrey; and will support upgrades to the Cloverdale Legion.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is just one component of federal infrastructure funding. The New Building Canada Fund is a 10-year, $53 billion program designed to improve Canada’s  highways, water treatment, public transit  and cultural facilities. These investments in infrastructure help Canadian companies reach global markets, protect our environment and support our cities and communities, as well as creating needed jobs and economic growth.

“As Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary of Confederation, our Government is helping to renovate, expand and rehabilitate existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for Canadians. With our support through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will benefit from improved and enhanced public spaces and facilities” said Mr. Hiebert.

MP Russ Hiebert announces funding for three projects through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program at the Royal Canadian Legion in Cloverdale.

MP Russ Hiebert announces funding for three projects through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program at the Royal Canadian Legion in Cloverdale.

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Blue Rodeo to headline 2015 Surrey Canada Day Celebration Tue, 26 May 2015 23:42:33 +0000 admin The City of Surrey is set to welcome Canadian rock royalty, Blue Rodeo, to headline its annual Canada Day Celebration, presented by Coast Capital Savings, on July 1. This year’s celebration plans to be the largest Canada Day event in Western Canada with attendance expected to surpass 100,000 people.

“On Canada Day we all come together to celebrate our country, heritage and diversity and I am proud that Surrey’s Canada Day Celebration is among the largest in the country,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Each year we host a truly outstanding event that brings the community together that shows our national pride and celebrates our unique qualities as Canadians. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Opening for Blue Rodeo will be alternative artists, The Zolas; other Main Stage acts include newcomers Little India, and country music favourite, Me and Mae. Tragically Hip cover band, The Hip Show, and Zerbin will perform early evening, and this year’s fireworks musical mash-up will be crafted by BC DJ collectives, The Freshest.

The event marks Canada’s 148th birthday and highlights include: free live entertainment; a half a million square feet of site area; an expanded Kids Play area; family fun for all ages; over 100 exhibitors; amusements with midway games and rides; and a spectacular fireworks show for the grand finale.

“As always, Surrey’s Canada Day Celebration will have something for everyone: great entertainment, rides, community activities and family fun, and one of its best-ever fireworks displays,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Parks, Recreation & Sport Tourism Committee. “We’re incredibly thankful to the many generous sponsors, including presenting sponsor Coast Capital Savings, CTV, and Chevron, who together help make a community event of this magnitude possible.”

Country rock band, Blue Rodeo, is one of Canada’s most successful and well known musical acts, having released 13 full-length studio albums, three live recordings, and one greatest hits package. Omni-present on radio across Canada for three decades, Blue Rodeo has sold in excess of four million records and won an unprecedented 11 JUNO Awards. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

Surrey’s 2015 Canada Day Celebration will take place Wednesday, July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176 Street and 64th Avenue in Cloverdale. The event opens at 10 am with the fireworks show slated to close the day at 10:15 pm.

Visit the Surrey Canada Day website for more information.

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4-Day Rodeo and Country Fair Brings In Big Crowds to One of Western Canada’s Most Popular Family Events Tue, 19 May 2015 06:55:49 +0000 admin Annual May Long Weekend event celebrates a fantastic year with Cowboys, Skateboarding, Sun and Family Fun!

It was an exciting May Long Weekend as the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair celebrated its 69th year of world-class Rodeo action and 127th year of family fun entertainment at the Country Fair. Over 85,000 fairgoers attended the Country Fair, and over 23,000 rodeo fans attended the five Rodeo performances.

With some of the best weather B.C. has seen all year and an enthusiastic rodeo crowd, the Rodeo performances saw some of the strongest crowds in decades. Even with the added seating, the Rodeo saw two back-to-back sell-outs for Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances, and a near sold-out stadium on Monday as well.

The Country Fair showcased the world’s top skateboarders for the 4th annual World Freestyle Round-Up skateboarding competition, where riders representing ten nations competed. Other attractions included the inaugural West Fine Art Show, Richards Racers Pig Racing, West Coast Lumberjack Show, the Cone Zone, and a new BC Country Music Association outdoor music pavilion.

Highlights from this weekend:

World’s Top Cowboys and Cowgirls Compete

The 69th annual Cloverdale Rodeo showcased the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls at one of the world’s top ten rodeo events.  This year, the winners split over $325,000 in prize money.

Jessy Davis walked away with the $20,000 First Place prize, dominating Bareback Riding all weekend and finishing off strong with a score of 89 on Monday.

Tyrell Larsen dominated the Saddle Bronc competition from start to finish at this year’s Cloverdale Rodeo, winning $20,000 in the final.

Kamloops native Julie Leggett rode to victory in the Ladies Barrel Racing with an impressive time of 16.195 seconds.

The 2014 Cloverdale Rodeo Bull Riding champ Steve Woolsey once again takes the grand prize of $44,000 with a score of 86.5. He will be going home with a total of $46,800 for the weekend as well as the title of 2015 Cloverdale Rodeo Bull Riding Champion.

Rounding-Up the World’s Top Skateboarders

Gathering top Pro and Amateur freestyle skateboarders from around the world, the World Freestyle Round-Up took place inside the Cloverdale Curling Rink located on the Cloverdale Fair Grounds, featuring a flawless concrete floor that is ideal for flatland freestyle skateboarding.

The final day of the World Freestyle Round-Up contest saw every competitor stepping up their game big time with White Rock native Andy Anderson taking first place in the Amateur Division, and Surrey locals Dillanger Kane and Chadd Sinclair rounding out Fifth and Tenth Place respectively.

Last year’s First Place Amateur winner, 12-year-old Isamu Yamamoto from Japan, took Fourth Place this year in the World Roundup competing for his first time in the Pro Division. Ultimately, it was Guenter Mokulys from Berlin who cleaned up the competition taking home the Pro division First Place win.

About the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair:
The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association is the non-profit organization that manages the world famous Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, held every year on the May long weekend at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, British Columbia.
The Association is also responsible for the year-round management of the eight facilities on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds that host over 1,000 events annually, including trade shows, concerts, festivals, sporting events, horse and dog shows, swap meets, flea markets, weddings and meetings.
For more information on the Association and the 69th annual Cloverdale Rodeo and the 127th Country Fair, visit

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Cloverdale Business Improvment Association AGM Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:20:12 +0000 admin President Rob Paterson presided over the Cloverdale BIA’s 2015 Annual General Meeting. Members approved a budget for 2015 that included some significant changes. The BIA is shifting resources to several beautification initiatives that include a new Gateway sign (“Welcome to Cloverdale”) for the NW corner of Highway #10 and Highway #15 (at the Brick Yard Station mall). There will also be several landscaping projects along Highway #10 and the Cloverdale By-pass over the next 2 years. Due to a shortfall in sponsorship commitments the BIA regrets to announce the postponements of the 2015 Cloverdale Blueberry Festival and the 2015 Halloween Costume Parade. The BIA also announced that it will increase efforts and resources to recruit more businesses and residents for the Cloverdale Business Improvement Area. The Society will also increase resources for Safety/Security and Crime Prevention initiatives.

The BIA Directors for the 2015/2016 term are as follows:

Tricia Ellingsen – TRICIA’S CHARMS
Janet Howell – VERA’S BURGERS
Freda Mattern – YE OLDE PIGGY BANK
Ken Walli – CIBC

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Fundraiser at Cloverdale Legion Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:48:35 +0000 admin We’re sure that St. Patrick would be happy to know that the Cloverdale Legion helped the sponsoring commmittee and officers of the 2277 Seaforth Highlanders Cadets raise funds to help one of their own. Lt. Allyison MacDougall, a single mother, is battling breast cancer.

Although she works three jobs, they are part-time and on contract so she does not have sick leave benefits. To help Lt. MacDougall focus on her health as she undergoes cancer treatments, the cadet corps sold 38 tickets for a St. Patrick’s Day pub night held last Saturday evening. Those who came to the fundraiser as well as all Legion members were invited to support a 50/50 draw, which raised $200 for the MacDougall family, and bid on 40 prizes in a silent auction raffle. The total amount raised is not yet available but it should be several hundred dollars.

Captain Mark Iredale, CO of the 2277 Corps, says: “This was a great event. Thank you so much to the Cloverdale Legion again for their continued support. I think fun was had by all in attendance.” There is an online fundraiser to help Lt. MacDougall as well, which is found here:

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Santa coming to Cloverdale Sun, 30 Nov 2014 01:01:08 +0000 admin Santa will be spending a lot of time in Cloverdale in the days leading up to Christmas. He will be in his house in Clover Square Village from Noon to 4:00 pm every day from December 6 to December 22. Bring your own camera to take your child’s picture with Santa. You may also bring a donation for the Surrey Food Bank.

And of course Santa will be in our Parade of Lights on December 7 at 5:00 pm. For more information go to

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