The Surrey Board of Trade announced the winners of the 6th Surrey Art & Business Awards, presented by Scotiabank, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel on November 22 with Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke as keynote speaker.
“The arts and culture industry enhances the livability of Surrey – and we need to celebrate those in Surrey that make such a meaningful impact on this industry,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “We need the arts now more than ever: For our city’s economic development, mental health, and creativity.”
Arts and Innovation Award Category
Winner: Blue Frog Studios
Blue Frog Studios is a concert theatre and commercial recording studio. This state-of-the-art 5,000 square foot facility can accommodate an 80-piece orchestra and seats 100 studio audiences for unique, up close and personal concerts with some of the world’s most talented entertainers. The studio provides world-class sound, lighting, and 4K video and audio recording technology with an exceptional production team. Blue Frog Studios produces over 200 concerts a year and has hosted several concert artists and Juno and Grammy Award winners, including Jim Byrnes, 54-40, The Washboard Union, Jimmy Rankin, Jeff Martin of The Tea Party, Chilliwack, Valdy, Dan Hill, Shari Ulrich, and many more. In 2021, the Heritage Canada Creative Export program chose Blue Frog Studios to promote Canadian musicians and performers outside Canada. With a significant grant, Blue Frog Studios developed the “Canadian Music Unearthed” project, which greatly benefited artists, musicians, video production support and staff while capitalizing on a global online entertainment sector estimated to reach $150 billion annually by 2025.
Cultural Ambassador Award Category
Winner: Lyn Vera-Lay | Arts Council of Surrey
Lyn Verra-Lay comes from a family tradition of giving back to the community. As a child, she played for the Whalley Legion Community Band, practicing her flute in a community marching and concert band led by her father. She served as an arts instructor for 23 years at the Surrey Arts Centre. She also volunteered for over 30 years with the Fraser Valley Musical Society as a CTC-nominated performer, producing many local musical theatre events. She volunteered as a producer for A Night on Broadway, a benefit concert for the Surrey Food Bank, which has helped raise over $10,000 to support the food security challenge. In 2017, she was named the BC Culture Days Ambassador, representing Surrey’s various cultures and arts. Currently, she works as a Coordinator for the Youth Arts Council and the Wandering Angels Lantern Festival.
Music Award Category
Winner: Argel Monte De Ramos
Argel Monte de Ramos is a talented Filipino singer and songwriter. He started his music career in 2014 when he sang at a fundraiser in Fleetwood for the BC Cancer Society. Since then, he has been a part of many community events in the Lower Mainland, including the Surrey Night Market, Surrey Doors Open, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Open House, and most recently, Surrey Fusion Festival at Holland Park. In 2021, Argel was awarded the Excellence by a BIMPOC Artist Award at the Fraser Valley Music Awards. The same year, he also won Music BC’s Canadian Songwriter Challenge. He is also a gold award recipient in song writing and silver awardee for vocals at the World Championships of Performing Arts held in Los Angeles. Aside from music, Argel is also into performing arts and works as a theatre actor, playwright, and director. His dedication and passion inspire young immigrants who dream of making a name in the music and art industry. Argel also works as an Assistant for Arts Umbrella’s community programs in Surrey, helping students access arts classes free of charge
Legacy Award Category
Winner: Liane Davison
Liane Davison has served 32 years of unparalleled dedication and passion for the arts and culture in Surrey before retiring as the City of Surrey’s Culture Manager earlier this year. Liane started her career as the Curator of the Surrey Art Gallery and was recognized by the BC Business Magazine as one of the Top 30 Under 30 to watch in terms of future accomplishments. For 18 years, she curated numerous exhibitions, which included the sound installation Forty-Part Motet by Janet Cardiff and the Quilt of Belonging by Esther Bryan. Under her leadership, Liane enabled the acquisition of critical works in the Gallery’s permanent collection, many of which are national treasures. She facilitated community engagement initiatives that completed over 100 public art projects like the Eagle Calling, an elegant sculpture at Frank Hurt Park Secondary commissioned by Robert Davidson, one of Canada’s acclaimed visual artists. Liane was integral in developing the Surrey Cultural Plan (2012-2016) and later was a member of the staff working group for the City of Surrey’s award-winning Parks Recreation Culture Strategic Plan (2018-2027), which included numerous cultural goals and strategies. She also brought forward the concept of the Interactive Art Museum – ensuring the Gallery’s future at three times its current size in City Centre (a $15 million-dollar commitment in the City’s 2024 – 2025 Capital Projects Budget). The City’s cultural community will continue growing from decades of seeds planted during Liane’s tenure to champion art and artists in Surrey for generations to come. Liane’s contribution to Surrey’s art and culture industry is a true legacy.
Presenting Sponsor: Scotiabank
Award Sponsors: BCLC, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Lark Group
Media Sponsors: The Surrey NOW-Leader
For more information regarding this event, please contact Anita Huberman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-634-0342.