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Why I Love Surrey


(happy peaceful music) – [Narrator] British
Columbia’s second largest city is one of the most culturally
diverse cities in Canada. Surrey can be found in
the southeast corner of the metro Vancouver area. (happy music) It’s world famous for it’s
extravagant celebrations around Vaisakhi, which is one
of the most important dates on the Sikh calendar. The Surrey parade is
one of the largest of it’s kind outside of India. (thoughtful music) (chanting in foreign language) – Vaisakhi is a day in
the month of Vaisakh which traditionally on the
Gregorian calendar falls in the month of April,
but on our calendar it’s actually an entire
month of Vaisakh, and what we actually see
the month of Vaisakh is as Sikhs, it’s a
chance of growth. So as, you know, flowers bloom
and trees are now, you know, growing leaves and going green, animals are coming
out of hibernation, there’s a sense of growth
everywhere around you and the question
for the human being at that time is how
are you growing? Vaisakhi is a specific
date and it’s in that month and on that specific date the
birth of the Khalsa happened. So, we’re celebrating
the birth of the Khalsa. It happened to happen
in Vaisakh and Vaisakhi, so the words have
been intertwined and used back and
forth over the years. So, the official name
from the Gurdwara side and what we’ve given it
is the Khalsa Day Parade. (man singing in
foreign language) The parade itself has
been going steadily for the last five years and last year our
official number was just over 350 thousand and this year we actually
expect closer to 400 thousand because we have buses
of people coming up from as far as Texas,
California, Oregon. It’s turned into more
of a national event than just a local
Vancouver event with it’s sheer size and
the communities involved. For the Sikh community,
this is the largest Khalsa Day celebration
outside of Punjab. (yelling in foreign language) The Khalsa itself was an
order that was created in 1699 and the Khalsa was actually
created to uphold values of humanity, tolerance,
fight against oppression and tyranny and be willing to actually sacrifice
themselves in that pursuit. So you had to be very
committed to come forward and actually enter the Khalsa. The reason you see
so much food is one of the core principles
of the Khalsa was seva, which is selfless service. And that’s what you see this
community doing on this day. So you have families that
prepare days in advance. They’re out at three
o’clock this morning, probably prepping and getting
ready and things like that and they do it so in a
very joyous way as well. They’re very happy on this day. It’s a day to come together,
it’s a day of family. You have multiple families
that will be sleeping over at each other’s homes and
it gives them a chance to reconnect with themselves
and their families and serve the community in a way that we are intending to do. But for me on a personal level, you know I walk a lot
of this route alone going from stage to stage
doing interview to interview and that’s my role on the day. All my friends are
somewhere else, usually my family’s
somewhere else and it becomes a bit lonely because you’re running
from place to place and there’s a ton of
expectations on you on that day to do all those things
and you kinda feel, one of those things that
creeps into your mind is that, why do I do this? Why do I do this every year? Why do I keep coming back? And there’s no recognition, there’s no this,
there’s no that. And then I have to ask
myself the same question which is that why do
you want recognition? That if this is seva, then you should be doing
this from the heart and not expecting
anything in return. So, you know I kinda
just, where I go down, I bring myself back up again because the principles and
the foundations are so core, once I reflect on
those, my own ego and my doubts kinda
get dispelled. But it’s a great learning
opportunity for other people to come here and actually
experience what Sikhs and the Khalsa are about. (inspirational music) – [Narrator] Surrey is
one of the youngest cities in the country and
it’s full of new ideas and community leaders. So it’s no surprise
that Surrey is home to Hardeep Sahota,
the first certified Bhangra teacher in Canada. (Indian singing) – For me, dancing is the most
important thing in my life. When I dance, I feel
energetic, motivated, I lose all track of my
time. (Indian dance music) Bhangra is a combination
of different dances which came together from one. For example, jhumar, ludhi, sumi, dhamaal. All these dances have
their own set form and I think across the world,
people mostly know Bhangra. They don’t even know
most of the dances name, but nowadays it’s
accessible to everybody. They can actually read about
it, they study over it, they know what the dances are. I grew up back in
India, Punjab, Purtala. I was introduced to Bhangra
by the age of eight. Bunch of guys are dancing. I asked them, like what is this? They be like, we’re
learning Bhangra. We are dancing Bhangra. I’ll be like, I wanna do this! When they were dancing,
they were smiling, they were having fun, they
were like enjoying it. I’ll be like, if they can have
that much fun while dancing, and I should be doing the same
thing what they are doing. The school team actually
invited me to join their team. Slowly, slowly, that whole
part went to a competitions and we competed on state level. And then I competed college,
university, national. When I got to Canada, the
only thing was on my mind was okay, I’m just gonna work,
have a family, and that’s it. Because I was pretty new
here, I didn’t even know, like what kind of
culture was here, what kind of people are there, and then my sister
was watching a TV and there was bunches
of guys dancing. I called them. I be like, I just came from
India and I want to dance. They were like, come. I went there, I showed
them my profile, like what I have
done in the past, and then they selected me. So that’s how I got into the
dance from 2003 until now. (bells music) One of the person
name Mo Mo Dhaliwal, he’s the founder of the
VIBC, he emailed me one day and then he goes to me,
there is a workshop happening in SFU. It’s
called Move BC. You should go and
see, check it out, like what options do
you have for yourself. I went there. I ask one question. I be like, guys, do
you guys have anything for the Punjabi
folk dancers or no? They be like, no we don’t. And that was pretty
disappointing for me, yeah. I be like, I have spent
almost six years of my life in dancing and they don’t
even have anything for us. Next day, I woke
up, I was like, no. There should be something for us and if there is nothing for us, my job is to create
something for us. So, in 2012, I became
first certified Punjabi folk dance teachers in Canadian dance
teachers association. So you’ll count one,
two, three, four. (inaudible) five, six, seven, go. One, two, (entire
class joins) hey, ah! So in 2012, I formed
this organization called Royal Academy of Bhangra. The reason was
open up a platform where people can actually
bring their kids in, they don’t have to stress about, oh our kids gonna go dance
at a wedding or reception. We don’t do that. That’s where the
legacy goes forward. And they will be educating
other what the dance is, what the art form is. Sharing something
with everybody, making accessible to everyone, is educating others who we are, why we are doing it, what
is our reason behind it. Part of the motivation is
to keep the culture going. The way I want to
bring it to the people, they’ll be like, okay wow! We see something, we
enjoyed something, and it means something. I’m been doing this
for almost 24 years and I’m still doing it and
the plan is to keep it going. (cheering) – [Narrator] There are so many
inspiring stories in Surrey. Including Kiran Mann and her foundation called
Youth Transforming Society. Surrey might be her home, but this impressive young
woman thinks on a global scale. – When I look back at
the last six years, I really have to take a moment and like go back to
reality, pinch myself. It’s not totally for me about the total amount
of money we’ve raised, its about the impact
we’ve had overall through all the activities
that we’ve done, through all the projects
that we’ve done. Do we all want to be there,
we can perhaps do shifts? YTS, it stands for Youth
Transforming Society and we’re a humanitarian
youth group. YTS was formed after the
Haitian earthquake in 2010. We decided to do
something about it after watching all the telecasts and all those images of people
struggling, people suffering, and myself and three
other friends decided to take the two weeks that
we had for spring break to dedicate that
to a bottle drive. At the end, we’d
collected 1000 dollars. For us, that thousand
dollars was just like a spark and this gave us the
opportunity to open the doors for us to establish YTS, to have confidence that
we can make a difference. (hopeful music) While growing up,
I saw every member of my family give back
to their community. From a young age, I learned
the value of hard work, giving back, empathy,
caring for people and that’s kinda shaped my life. That’s driven me. (hopeful music) Our initial goal was to
continue to do fundraisers for those type of causes
like when things went wrong in different parts of the world and I think we did that
for two or three years and after that we
kind of realized that there’s other things that we
should perhaps be looking at. So that could be
local, just at home, here in our community,
or globally. And then the second part
to involve other youth and our peers directly. So we hold events that
directly target involvement such as our volunteering
and beyond event, which is one of the largest
community volunteer fairs in the lower
mainland, I believe. And we’ve also introduced a
community service scholarship. So, in a way, to motivate
our peers to get involved, we recognize individuals
for their hard work, for their community involvement
through these scholarships. So basically with these
flowers, these are easy to do, and then some of us can maybe
start on the crunchy flowers. To date, YTS has raised
over 16 thousand dollars and some of the
organizations that that money has gone towards is Red Cross,
Oxfam Canada, Salvation Army. When we started YTS in
2010, it was the four of us, and we’ve grown to a family
of over 150 volunteers as well as an executive
team that takes on that leadership
role of 25 member now. Hey Jason, it’s Kiran from YTS. How are you? The role that
technology has played in helping us reach out
to people is amazing. It’s been an advantage to
help growing YTS for sure. It gives us time, extra time
to be able to focus on projects and also helps us communicate with all our members
in an instant. (uplifting music) So I think for myself
and also for YTS, its just about the
fact that we helped. That simple word.
That we’ve helped. And if in the last six
years I was able to help even just one person, I think
it’s absolutely worth it. – [Narrator] Like
any Canadian city, hockey is a big deal in Surrey. Participants of
the Heros program, know that it can be
more than just a game. Hockey’s part of a
cultural identity. ♪ River’s wide and I am drifting ♪ Through the
darkness ever lifting ♪ Leaves are falling
in the highlands ♪ The winter takes,
winter takes it’s toll (hopeful music) ♪ You and me, we were
gonna be the heroes ♪ Of our lifetime, you and
me we climbed every tree ♪ Together you and me (hopeful music) – [Narrator] Surrey is home
to so many amazing people. Who are the people you
love in your community? Tell us about them by
emailing [email protected] We will see you soon. ♪ Finally feeling in our place ♪ Has it always been this way ♪ Now that the fear
is hard to trace ♪ I need the love you gave me ♪ And I feel like
somethings changing ♪ Now you won’t let it go ♪ And I feel like
you have lit the fuse

Jean Kelley

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35 COMMENTS

  1. EP40 Posted on May 1, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Wow, this was dope. Love this city

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  2. Joe momma Posted on July 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    the asshole of Canada, Surrey bc

    Reply
  3. An Nam Posted on October 26, 2018 at 3:20 am

    what is the title of song in this movie? 13'52'' " you and me,…….."

    Reply
  4. Navreet and Ramneet Posted on October 29, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Why I hate Surrey! It’s a piece of shit

    Reply
  5. HOBBIT cadillac Posted on November 20, 2018 at 3:02 am

    culturally diverse? it's south asian dominated

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  6. 刁远乎 Posted on November 25, 2018 at 6:16 am

    妈的,Surrey只有印度人吗?!

    Reply
  7. 刁远乎 Posted on November 25, 2018 at 6:18 am

    it isCanada,not India!shit

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  8. ravinder singh Posted on December 3, 2018 at 7:59 am

    LOVE MY SURREY

    Reply
  9. iqbal singh Posted on December 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Hate this video

    Reply
  10. Noman Ahmad Posted on December 25, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Lots of dealers in between

    Reply
  11. XtremeGaming YT Posted on January 4, 2019 at 6:04 am

    JATT LIFE

    Reply
  12. PearTree Posted on January 24, 2019 at 1:59 am

    there's more to just Newton you know. Every town brings a different taste. Guildford has an urban feel to it. Fleetwood has a small town feel. Cloverdale has a farm feel and South Surrey has a beach feeling towards it. Surrey is BIG.

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  13. Mark AD Posted on February 2, 2019 at 5:19 am

    too many cheapskates and wannabe gangsters

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  14. Oh yeah yeah Posted on February 5, 2019 at 6:30 am

    In short, Asians.

    Reply
  15. Bloodwolfgirl 44 Posted on February 13, 2019 at 1:42 am

    I love Surrey because I live in Surrey! 😀 and every year I go to the Vasaki parede!

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  16. Stallion Posted on February 19, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Surrey is so happening such beautiful people!❤

    Reply
  17. bubleman2010 Posted on February 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I am considering to move near Vancouver, and maybe settle in Surrey, I have heard some negative aspects related to crime activities, what is actually like ?

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  18. James Gilmore Posted on March 7, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Scumhole Surrey

    Reply
  19. UnderdogWarrior Posted on April 1, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Great film. Thanks guys for highlighting the city's unique aspects. Look forward to more. Some of the comments here are from 12 year olds.

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  20. Vancovermycity Posted on April 2, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Good video i love the positive vibes. Dont ever let negativity affect you because its always gonna follow positivity and haters love to hate. Stay positive pray & be successful

    Reply
  21. Nav Lidder Posted on April 2, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Idk about this a lot of fukery and violence goes on here often

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  22. Cash Orass Posted on May 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I like the fudi.

    Reply
  23. ravi randhawa Posted on May 4, 2019 at 8:57 am

    its also place unfortunately that is not necessarily friendly.

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  24. San Andreas Posted on May 12, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Is surrey in Canada or India ?????

    Reply
  25. Ned Chu Posted on May 30, 2019 at 9:44 am

    It's the Detroit of Canada.

    Reply
  26. Mathew Keegan Posted on June 6, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Look up crackass the surrey movie

    Reply
  27. Love Posted on June 16, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Good lord, Curry 🍛

    Reply
  28. akhtar sufyan Posted on July 4, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Character of kiran Mann is examplary

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  29. Rick Richards Posted on July 7, 2019 at 2:37 am

    This was Surrey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFILl48240M

    Reply
  30. Shailendra Shakun Posted on July 7, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    The video is lovely…

    Reply
  31. Kat Dawson Posted on July 13, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    My cousin lived there for awhile, I’ve only been there once I believe to visit them. Heard quite some stories. lol

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  32. badal bagri Posted on July 24, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Muje to bahut yaad aati hai i miss you my india mai bhee canada m rahti hu

    Reply
  33. BritishColumbiaball Posted on August 1, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I've moved everywhere around Surrey

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  34. dutch dettweiler Posted on August 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    this is why i love surrey? disappointing AF. i can take the indian culture i come from toronto but imagine if i did what i love about toronto and it was a 15 minute video about sikhs and khalsa day. and yes this isnt multicultural. i dont mind dating indian girls but some variety would be nice

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