The “Play at Home” contest-winning band Raincity performs during the 2020 Surrey Canada Day livestream. (Photo: Youtube)

The “Play at Home” contest-winning band Raincity performs during the 2020 Surrey Canada Day livestream. (Photo: Youtube)


Surrey’s ‘Play at Home’ band contest pitches Canada Day livestream slot and cash

Last year, funk-rock band Raincity won the contest

Local musicians have until Tuesday, May 25 to enter a contest for a chance to “Play at Home” during Surrey’s virtual Canada Day event.

The winner of the online vote, announced May 31, will receive a performance slot during the evening showcase on July 1, plus a $500 honorarium and $250 gift card to Central City Shopping Centre.

Performance videos should be submitted to the Surrey Canada Day website. From there, a special events committee will select three finalist videos, which will be posted to the event Facebook page from May 27 to May 31. The public will then be asked to vote for their favourite band in a Facebook poll.

Last year, funk-rock band Raincity won the Play at Home contest. Their performance during the livestream can be seen in video posted on the City of Surrey’s Youtube channel, starting at the 2:15:15 mark.

The 2021 virtual event will air July 1 starting at 6 p.m. on the Surrey Canada Day website ( as a three-hour livestream, with a family-focused broadcast set to play that morning, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

“We are so excited to continue to provide this opportunity to connect and engage with the community,” said Mary Rukavina, Special Events Manager at the City of Surrey. “The Play at Home Surrey contest is an excellent way we can safely support local musicians and showcase the incredible talent from Surrey and the Lower Mainland.”

Surrey’s Canada Day livestream will also include a car raffle for a 2021 Honda CRV courtesy of Surrey Honda. All proceeds raised will go to Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society and be dispersed to programs supporting mental health initiatives benefiting charities including Phoenix Society, Centre for Child Development, Sophie’s Place and Tong Louie YMCA.

Raffle tickets are $20, via

“We are thrilled to partner with the Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society and the City of Surrey to raise awareness and funds for mental health initiatives,” said Nasir Kamrudin, owner/GM of Surrey Honda. “This year’s proceeds will support local charitable organizations and critical programs including a new youth program run by Phoenix Society. Our goal is to raise $150,000 through this raffle with 100 per cent of proceeds going to these programs.”

Four of Surrey’s annual “major events” will be held virtually this year, and one is cancelled for 2021. The city’s International Children’s Festival is postponed until 2022. Looking ahead, online-only events are planned for Canada Day, Fusion Festival and also the Nov. 21 Surrey Tree Lighting Festival. The city’s Party for the Planet was held as a virtual event on Earth Day.

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Live music

Just Posted

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

White Rock beach was buzzing with activity on Father’s Day. (Aaron Hinks photo)
PHOTOS: White Rock beach buzzing with activity on Father’s Day

High of 27C drew hundreds of people to the beach

White Rock beach was buzzing with activity on Father’s Day, which saw the temperatures in the area hit a record high. (Aaron Hinks photo)
White Rock breaks 83-year-old weather record on Father’s Day

Temperature in city hit 28.7, beating 1938 mark by 1.5 degrees

SFN councillor Joanne Charles, White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker and Coun. David Chesney listen to welcoming remarks from Chief Harley Chappell (Xwopokton). (FIle photo)
White Rock, SFN grieve together on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Residents encouraged to wear orange on Canada Day

Surrey RCMP are investigating after shots were fired at a white Jeep Saturday evening in Newton. (Shane MacKichan photo)
UPDATE: Surrey RCMP asking for video after shots fired in Newton

Surrey RCMP said a silver SUV shot at a white Jeep

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, speak during a five=party online meeting at Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, Tokyo organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics to allow Japanese fans only, with strict limits

Organizers set a limit of 50% capacity — up to a maximum of 10,000 fans

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

(Black Press Media files)
Burnaby RCMP look for witnesses in hit-and-run that left motorcyclist dead

Investigators believe that the suspect vehicle rear-ended the motorcycle before fleeing the scene

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Most Read