Welcome to Surrey Approved for Pilot Funding

Web series based on life in Surrey in contention for one season’s worth of funding When Kashif Pasta and Shyam Valera first launched their Surrey-based web series Buddy Guys in 2011, a positive response from the community fast-tracked them towards the production of a “more grounded” series. This August, the duo will be releasing the... Continue Reading

Original Artwork Promoted at Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

Free-admission event brings smiles to attendees and exhibitors alike After attending low-energy art conventions, Vancouver Comic Arts Association event coordinator Shannon Campbell felt inspired to create a festival “where, first and foremost, everyone was just pleased to be there—attendees and exhibitors alike.” Campbell admired the atmosphere at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and decided to... Continue Reading

KPU student to act and sing in the “Talent Olympics”

Argel Monte de Ramos will represent his country this July Kyle Prince and Monica Mah, contributors This year, at the 20th annual World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach California, Canada will be represented by Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s own Argel Monte De Ramos. The multi-talented business student will compete in six singing competitions and... Continue Reading

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo delivers childhood nostalgia

Event held at the Anvil Centre sells retro games and art to fans 2016 marked “the year that [the Retro Gaming Expo] levelled up,” says event founder and organizer Brian Hughes. For the first time since the Expo began five years ago, it moved to a much larger venue in New Westminster, the Anvil Centre,... Continue Reading
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Skydance Media Comes to Surrey

Company arrives from Hollywood to film a Netflix series The ex-printing press building for the Pacific Newspaper Group will soon become home to Skydance Media, a well-known production company from Hollywood. Skydance has produced blockbuster hits from franchises like Terminator, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek, and in an unexpected turn of events, they are opening... Continue Reading

Battle of the Bands Comes to KPU

101.7 CIVL radio will bring four local bands together to compete on campus A Battle of the Bands is coming to the Grassroots Cafe. The event will be hosted by 101.7 CIVL Radio, the radio station at the University of the Fraser Valley. Admission to the event “was discussed at $5 at the door,” Kwantlen... Continue Reading

New KPIRG Board Moves Forward on Volunteer-Run Zine

Publication to be available at the beginning of July The newly elected board of directors for the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group are moving forward with the group’s volunteer-run zine, for which they’ve already begun holding workshops. Titled “KPIRG ZINE Issue 1—A Sea of Injustice,” the publication will be available online and in print by... Continue Reading

Magic Movie Marathon Comes to Grassroots

All eight Harry Potter movies screened June 6-8 On the morning of June 6, Harry Potter fans met in the Grassroots Cafe to watch the first of the franchise’s eight movies. Beginning with The Philosopher’s Stone and ending with The Deathly Hallows Part II, the Magic Movie Marathon stretched over three days, in a similar... Continue Reading

KPU alumna wins second consecutive Van Slam Championship

Victor says it’s important to know the purpose of your poem Kwantlen Polytechnic University alumna Tasha Receno is Vancouver’s Poetry Slam Champion for the second consecutive year. She is the first poet since Shane Koyczan—famous for his performance at the 2010 Olympics opening ceremony—to win the Van Slam Championship two years in a row. “I... Continue Reading

KPU Cycles for a Cause

30-person tandem bike raises money for Heart and Stroke Foundation On May 16, a group of 14 Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and staff members woke up early to ride a 30-person tandem bike for charity. The “Big Bike Event” took place at the Home Depot in Strawberry Hill and the participants rode the one ton... Continue Reading

UBC eSports Association hosts the “Battle of BC”

Super Smash Brothers Melee competition offers over $1,000 in prizes More than 240 eSports competitors filled the UBC Student Union Building on May 14 to attend the largest and most prestigious competitive Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament in the province. On-screen, some of the most beloved and iconic characters from their childhoods clashed like gladiators.... Continue Reading

Reforming Canadian Content

Within Rust discusses getting in tune with today’s industry Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has proposed a reform of our government’s Canadian Content laws. These laws haven’t been updated since Mulroney’s administration in 1991, so the goal is to bring them up to date with 21st Century radio and television broadcasting. Due to radical changes in... Continue Reading

DigitaLENS Breaks Down Stereotypes about Surrey Youth

Twelve films screened at KPU Surrey’s Conference Centre While it’s easy to stereotype Surrey youths as a demographic entrenched in gang-related violence, the DigitaLENS storytelling project, screened at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey conference centre on May 11, set out to prove those stereotypes wrong. The project was suggested by KPU professor Katie Warfield and directed... Continue Reading

KPIRG Makes Money Available to KPU Students

Grants open for applications year-round Lenée Son, a Kwantlen Polytechnic University student who won a $1,000 grant from the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group last November, says that the funding has “definitely played a significant role” in the success of a documentary that she and a fellow graduate are working on. January pays tribute to... Continue Reading

May’s Marvel Movie Madness

All twelve Marvel movies to be screened in Grassroots from May 2-5 Marvel lovers have been hyping up the release of Captain America: Civil War for months, and now the Kwantlen Student Association’s student life committee is joining in on the fun. From May 2 to May 5, all twelve canonical Marvel movies—collectively known as... Continue Reading