Surrey prepares to party

Entertainment lineup, including headliners Down With Webster, announced for Earth Day event in April.

Down With Webster will headline Surrey's Party for the Planet in April.

Down With Webster will headline Surrey's Party for the Planet in April.

If you’re going to have a party, why not make it for the planet?

And why not invite some of the most popular bands in Canada to entertain the crowds?

Surrey’s Party for the Planet, billed as one of the largest Earth Day events in the province, is scheduled for late April, featuring two days of hot bands, as well as family performances and eco-friendly booths and activities.

Headlining the event are punk-pop rappers Down With Webster, who have risen to the top of the Canadian music scene with hits like She’s Dope, Rich Girl$ and Whoa is Me. Created for a school project in 1998, Down With Webster was signed to Universal Motown Records and the band is now on steady radio rotation.

The event will also showcase international pop artist Raghav, whose hits Fire and Top of the World have climbed the charts. With 1.3 million copies of the debut album Storyteller sold in England and more in Southeast Asia, Raghav is a star in Canada and around the world.

Friday night, the stage will be shared by Peak Performance finalists The Boom Booms, EMI Music’s newest recording artist Shawn Hook, and rising Surrey band Good for Grapes.

Saturday will feature children’s entertainers Bobs & Lolo, the Ta Da Lady, Mike Battie and the SuperChefs, as well as several meet and greets with The Backyardigans.

Party for the Planet is also an opportunity for the City of Surrey to showcase key sustainable initiatives, such as, traffic and transportation, waste diversion, trees and landscapes, water management, and energy through fun and interactive displays and community engagement.

Green organizations and features at this year’s event include Nature Matters’ Salmon Life Cycle Obstacle Course, Surrey Nature Centre’s Forest Display, Orphaned Wildlife Rescue’s Birds of Prey Demonstration, Scavenger Hunt Straw Maze, BC Chicken Growers Poultry in Motion Educational Mini Barn and the Safeway Country Farm.

Last year’s party drew a crowd of more than 10,000.

This year’s is scheduled for April 27, 4-10 p.m. and April 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central City Plaza, 13450 102 Ave. Admission is free.

For more information and a full schedule of events, check