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BC’s largest Earth Day party is going virtual for its 10th annual event this month.
The City of Surrey is set to livestream the family-favourite Party for the Planet on April 22 from 5 to 7 pm on Facebook and YouTube Live. And this year’s event is packed with great performers, environmental education for all ages, and more.
Vancouver indie-rockers The Zolas will be headlining the event. The JUNO-nominated group will be sharing the virtual stage with musical and Indigenous performances by Andrea Menard, Stars of the North Drum Group, IAMTHELIVING and Teon Gibbs, Glass Forest, Wild Moccasin Dancers and Bobs & Lolo and more.
Presented by TD, the Party for the Planet was curated by the City of Surrey in collaboration with environmental organizations, Indigenous groups and a number of the City’s departments. Viewers of the livestream will learn all about the environment from the City’s urban forestry, park partnerships, sustainability, culture services, engineering, waste collection services and recycling.
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There will also be interactive workshops, arts & crafts, and contests worth up to $700 happening every 30 minutes. Plus pop into the Virtual Photobooth for an Earth Day selfie!
“Party for the Planet is Surrey’s premier event celebrating nature and raising awareness of how to better care for our environment,” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum in a release. “Not only is there plenty of fun and entertainment, but Party for the Planet also helps shine a light on the climate change emergency. This annual event aligns with Council’s commitment to keep Surrey as a leader of green initiatives and programs in Canada.”
“As we look toward recovery during a year unlike any other, TD continues to advance environmental sustainability as an integral part of our business,” added Andrew Cribb, Senior Vice President and Pacific Region Head, Branch Banking at TD, in a release. “We are proud to be a long-time supporter of Party for the Planet and look forward to joining the City of Surrey for the virtual festivities to honour Earth Day this April.”
Another highlight of Party for the Planet’s livestream is a series of videos spotlighting sustainability and art. They include the Museum of Surrey’s Nature’s Clothesline Exhibit, how to make crafts using re-used materials with the Surrey Art Gallery, sustainably themed Public Art installations, and how to make a button blanket and cloth canoe with LaDonna Wiks Joseph.
The popular Sustainable Marketplace has moved online, making it easy to support local eco-friendly and ethical businesses that are passionate about the environment. Check out the full list of sustainable vendors and start shopping for delicious treats, sustainable products and services, and more.
“Virtual Party for the Planet will showcase the City’s environmental initiatives and commitments in an engaging and inclusive way,” said Neal Aven, Party for the Planet event host. “The virtual event will demonstrate our City’s resilience to combat climate change and promote environmental stewardship through our many programs and services.”