The Countdown’s on for “The Business of Culture” FundraiserThe Countdown’s on for “The Business of Culture” Fundraiser


Join us for VIBC’s very first fundraiser on Friday, February 19 at the beautiful Riverside Signature Hall in Surrey! Presented with Surrey Board of Trade, generously sponsored by TD, and supported by Jarnail Arts and Nanak Foods, “The Business of Culture” offers dynamic night of art, music, dance, food, and great conversation focused on the positive impacts of the arts on business.

The program begins with a cocktail reception, an art exhibition by Jarnail Singh, and live music by exciting fusion band Lapis, followed by a keynote address by Mo Dhaliwal, entrepreneur, advocate for the arts, and founder and former Director of VIBC, and a talk by development professional (and well-known singer in Vancouver’s hottest funk and Motown cover band, Queer As Funk) Jocelyn Macdougall. The evening continues with a sit-down dinner and more amazing performances by Hardeep Sahota and Royal Academy of Bhangra, Jacky Essombe, and Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club Little Stars.
VIBC and the Surrey Board of Trade are dedicated to 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.

Please join us at “The Business of Culture” fundraiser for a night to remember! All proceeds power VIBC’s annual City of Bhangra Festival, June 11–18, 2016. For tickets, please see details below. And for details on all the presenters and performers, read on! See you on the 19th….

The Business of Culture Fundraiser
Friday, February 19, 2016, 6:00pm
Riverside Signature Hall, 13030-76 Avenue, Surrey, BC
Tickets: $750 for a table of 10, Individual $85
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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
Jocelyn 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 Humberman, 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. 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.


Pushing the edge of cultural hybridity, Lapis 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. 

Hardeep Sahota
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.

Jacky Essombe
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
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. Through winning numerous competitions coast to coast throughout North America, they have helped their students build confidence, important life skills and lifelong relationships.

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