Business of Culture Gala

VIBC_busculture_tile_(1)_(1).pngOn Friday, February 19, supported by Jarnail Arts and Nanak Foods, VIBC and the Board of Trade present a dynamic night of art, music, dance, food, and great conversation focused on the positive impacts of the arts on business—especially in the development and support of local communities and social networks—which in turn benefit our youth, as well as tourism, economics, and our quality of life overall.

The program will begin with a cocktail reception, and live music by Lapis. Lapis pushes the edge of cultural hybridity as their sound is influenced by the traditional music of South Asia, Dub, Hip Hop and Electronic music. Lapis is comprised of sitarist Mohamed Assani, vocalist and electronic musician, Rup Sidhu and percussionist, Curtis Andrews. World-renowned artist, Jarnail Singh will also exhibit his work and will be followed by high-energy fusion dance performances by Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club, Jacky Essombe and Hardeep Sahota.

The evening will include an inspiring keynote address by Mo Dhaliwal, entrepreneur, advocate for the arts, and founder and former Director of VIBC, and a talk by Jocelyn Macdougall, development professional and singer in Vancouver’s hottest funk and Motown cover band, Queer as Funk. The fundraiser will conclude with a sit-down dinner and live music.

VIBC and the Surrey Board of Trade are dedicated to building and enriching the world we live in by connecting cultural communities, supporting local art initiatives, and creating opportunities for youth engagement through business, the arts, and education. Join us for this innovative program and be a part of the change you want to see! All funds raised will power VIBC’s annual City of Bhangra Festival, June 11–18, 2016.

Event Details
Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Time: 6 pm to 11 pm
Place: Riverside Signature Hall, 13030–76th Avenue, Surrey, BC
Cost: $750 for a table of 10; GST and fees extra/ Individual $85; GST and fees extra

For additional information please contact Nicole Sirockman, VIBC General Manager, at

Participant Profiles

Mo Dhaliwal, Keynote Speaker

Educated in Business Administration at the University of the Fraser Valley, Mo Dhaliwal has over a decade of experience in the technology sector, including software development and Internet marketing in Silicon Valley. As a patron of the arts and producer of cultural events, Mo has worked to shatter barriers between people and encourage cross-cultural understanding, most notably through the creation of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. As Director of Client Services for Skyrocket Digital, Mo collaborates with creative minds across the country and continues to create moving experiences for clients and community. In 2012, Mo was recognized for his contributions by Business for the Arts as the national recipient of the Arnold Edinborough Award and, most recently, with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Jocelyn Macdougall, Speaker

Joceyln Macdougall is a development professional working in the non-profit arts in Vancouver. With her infectious joyful energy, Jocelyn works to connect people with their passions, and then with brilliant organizations who are making those passions a reality. She believes that the arts are a price-of-admission component of a sane, healthy society, having a unique propensity to enable self and social reflection. When not proudly representing the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, she sings her heart out with nine other exceptional musicians in Vancouver's hottest funk and Motown cover band, Queer As Funk.

Anita Huberman, Speaker

Anita Huberman is the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. She has been with the Surrey Board of Trade for 21 years, and CEO for 10 years. She guides a 19-member diverse industry Board of Directors to support a growing list of businesses, initiatives and government policies from an economic lens. Anita was a nominee of the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Award and a recipient of the 2011 Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40 award.

Jarnail Singh, Artist

Jarnail Singh is an artist, illustrator, designer, photographer, and art journalist. Born in Punjab, India, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He was mentored by his father Kirpal Singh, himself an outstanding Sikh artist, from whom he inherited not only his talent for painting, but also his deep appreciation for historical icons and their role in the history of Sikhism. Since immigrating to Canada in 2000, he has made his home in Surrey, BC, and has become one of the most popular and sought after artist of Punjabi origin in Canada. Jarnail has exhibited his work at numerous national and international venues, including the Central Sikh Museum and the Golden Temple in Amritsar. He has published numerous articles on art and authored books on famous Punjabi and international artists. Recently, the City of Surrey honoured Jarnail Singh with their First Civic Treasures Award; he is among only 12 individuals honored for their lifetime contributions to the city’s art scene. The Vancouver Sun included him in its list of 100 prominent South Asians who have made significant contribution to life in British Columbia.

Lapis, Performer

LAPIS is the result of worlds colliding and heading together in a new direction. Pushing the edge of cultural hybridity, their sound is informed by the traditional music of South Asia, Dub, Hip Hop and Electronic Music. Lapis is comprised of sitarist Mohamed Assani, vocalist and electronic musician, Rup Sidhu and percussionist, Curtis Andrews. They are known for their love of improvisation and original compositions with unexpected sonic pairings such as wave drums and sitars, freestyle rap and mridangam, mbira and beat boxing.

Having been classically trained in both Western and Hindustani music, Mohamed Assani brings unique compositions and a sophisticated melodic sensibility to the group. Rup Sidhu releases raw expression and refined aesthetics through electronics, beat boxing and rapping. To round out the sounds of Lapis, Curtis Andrews shares his dynamic grooves and rhythms from South India and West Africa.

Think of them like a 7 layer dip of intercontinental music - you never know what you’ll get next but you just keep reaching for more. Lapis is based in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.

Hardeep Singh Sahota, Performer

Deep is the Director of the Royal Academy of Bhangra, the first not-for-profit academy in Canada to offer a formal Punjabi Folk Dance education with a syllabus consisting of three grade levels. The Academy successfully uses the art form of bhangra as a creative outlet to promote skill, discipline, and physical fitness, and to provide team building and leadership initiatives for youth. Deep has collaborated for many years on many projects with VIBC, most recently on a performance by men and women of the Academy at SFU’s 8th Annual Diwala Gala in November 2015.

Jacky Essombe, Performer

Originally from Cameroon, Central Africa, Jacky grew up in Paris and now lives in Vancouver. Her early life was rooted in togetherness and collaboration, respect for the elders, for nature, and the ancestors, until the age of 9, when she experienced the trauma of disconnection after being sent to the West to “live a better life.” Now she’s an inspiring speaker and enthusiastic ambassador for the wisdom of Africa and its message of togetherness, which she shares around the world in various forms, including as a singer, musician, and dance performer.

Shan E Punjabi Arts Club Little Stars, Performers

Shan – E – Punjab Arts Club was founded in April 2008 by a group of passionate bhangra and giddha devotees, all of whom have countless years of practice and knowledge under their belt. The joint passion for their culture, heritage and musical art was combined to create this flourishing academy.
Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club promises to keep the next generation linked with their beautiful folk dances and to keep the ethnic Punjabi culture and heritage alive.
Though the organization is only five years young, Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club can proudly declare they are one of North America’s Best. Through winning numerous competitions coast to coast throughout North America, they have helped their students build confidence, important life skills and lifelong relationships.
Although they actively participate in competitions they are also known to participate in a variety of charitable fundraisers. Along with promoting bhangra and giddha, they persevere to educate their students and local community with current affairs.


February 19, 2016 at 6pm - 11pm
Riverside Signature Hall
13030 76th Ave
Surrey, BC V3W2V6
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Nicole Sirockman ·
$750.00 CAD · Purchase tickets

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