2021 Surrey Art and Business Award Winners Announced Today

Surrey, BC – The Surrey Board of Trade announced the winners of the 5th Surrey Arts & Business Awards, presented by Scotiabank, at a live digital event on October 12 which featured BC’s Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film (and JUNO Award-nominated recording artist), Bob D’Eith, Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC and Keely Rammage-Scott of Face the Music Entertainment while Surrey’s Richard Tichelman made a special music performance, performing ‘We Built this City on Rock ‘N Roll.”


“The Surrey Board of Trade stands in solidarity with arts organizations, their employees, and artists,” said President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “We want the community of audience members, donors, and grant-makers to do what they can to continue their support to arts and culture through this time of uncertainty.”

The Surrey Board of Trade, also, proudly announced the following award winners:

Arts and Innovation Award Category
Winner: Sandeep Johal | Sandeep Johal Art

Sandeep Johal is a multidisciplinary visual artist who engages in drawing, collage, textiles, and large-scale mural painting. Through her Indo-folk-feminine aesthetic, Johal typically communicates the stories of women. Though she highlights female suffering in its many forms, these are ultimately stories of resistance and resilience. Johal has worked on notable projects with the Vancouver Art Gallery, Burrard Arts Foundation, Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver Mural Festival, and clients such as the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Lululemon. Johal holds a Diploma in Fine Arts with honours from Langara College in 2007.

Cultural Ambassador Award Category
Winner: Comfort Adesuwa Ero | African Stages Society

Since she arrived in Canada over 20 years ago, Comfort Ero has used hundreds of storytelling and artistic events to foster inclusive schools and communities across British Columbia, including Victoria, Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey for the past 15 years. One of her most successful endeavours is the afterschool homework club for children of immigrants and refugees. She has also successfully led the Story-Powering Youth Program (SPOY), which uses story-based workshops to help youth deal with social exclusion positively. Comfort is an award-winning author of several works of literature in English and French. Among them are La Fuite and The Diary of an African Woman. In 2019, the Legislative Assembly of BC publicly recognized her work with youth. In the same year, she won the Storysaver Award of the Storytellers of Canada / Conteurs du Canada.

Legacy Award Category
Winner: Fraser Valley Musical Theatre

Fraser Valley Musical Theatre, formerly Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society, has spent the last 39 years bringing high-quality musical theatre to tens of thousands of people in Surrey. Whether light opera, pantomime, or Broadway musical, the productions are hilarious, fast-paced and fun. In ‘normal’ years, the premium pantomime of the Christmas season is followed by a springtime major musical. This pattern has won the hearts of many, along with countless awards and accolades. During the pandemic, Fraser Valley Musical Theatre learned to adapt and still be exceptional. Thus, the very successful Fairy-Tale Mysteries Radio Show was born and made available at and on podcast apps. The society’s 40th anniversary will kick off with Cole Porter’s Anything Goes at the Surrey Arts Centre on July 2, 2022.

Music Award Category
Winner: Luv Randhawa

Luv Randhawa is a singer, songwriter, and entertainer. His career in the music industry dates back to 1999 with North America’s first Fusion Bhangra Band Signia. He has topped World iTunes charts with many of his catchy singles and album releases during his LuvMusicOnline solo career. Recently, he was #2 on the Canadian iTunes R&B/Soul Charts with his mainstream album entitled ‘Believe in Me.’ Luv has received recognition from the House of Commons and was awarded the 2020 Best International Artist by the UK Bhangra Awards. Luv has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to the music and arts industry.

Recognition for Philanthropy
Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw is a leading connectivity company that is actively engaged in Surrey and understands the importance of supporting the organizations that are working hard to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of youths across Canada. As part of their commitment to the community, Shaw partners with organizations across the country that are working to make the arts accessible to children and youth from all backgrounds. This includes working with organizations like Arts Umbrella, which through the Shaw Creative Journey’s program, has given more than 3,500 youth across the Lower Mainland free arts activities to help develop their creative expression and help them build more inclusive communities for a brighter future.

Evaluation of the nominees was based on:

The degree to which they had a positive impact on Surrey
The number of people they served
Their history and involvement in performances, exhibits, commissions and fellowships,
And, their artistic and professional affiliations.

Presenting Sponsor: Scotiabank

Award Sponsors:  Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Tien Sher Group of Companies

Media Sponsors:   CTV and The Surrey NOW-Leader

For more information regarding this event, please contact Anita Huberman at or 604-634-0342.