POP! Summer Stroll at Darts Hill Garden Park
Stroll through a picturesque park, and in different locations you will enjoy a variety of performances before enjoying the grand finale!
Date & Time
Tickets & Pricing
August 18–28 | Various Times
Choose Your Price, $5–$35.
Tickets go on sale Friday May 27 at 10am.
Surrey Civic Theatres Summer POP! is back! Join us this August in Darts Hill Garden Park for POP! (Performances Outdoors in Parks) Summer Strolls. These performances are as delightful as they sound. Stroll through the picturesque setting, and in different locations you will enjoy a variety of performances. Each show station hosts a micro-performance that lasts approximately 15 minutes before you stroll to the grand finale.
All four performances for this unique show have been hand-picked with the surroundings in mind.
What’s better than an idyllic park setting? One that includes amazing entertainment for the whole family of course! Enjoy a haunting and beautiful a cappella journey through the rich and varied folk music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans with East Van trio, Vostok. This accomplished Ukrainian Canadian trio will entertain you with gorgeous harmonies and marvelous melodies, in a performance certain to leave you floating on air.
STORIES on WHEELS: MIDDLE EASTERN TALES is an original street theatre storytelling act for the whole family. Tales are brought to life by high-energy performer, Lenard Stanga, using beautifully illustrated picture cards from Syrian visual artist, Boushra Ghesen, which are displayed in a magnificent miniature wooden stage attached to the back of a bicycle. This unique performance also features musician, Bèro Saker, playing the oud to accompany these traditional stories from Syria and the Middle East. Entertaining and magical, this is certain to be an experience people of all ages remember for a long time to come.
This stroll also includes the opportunity to immerse yourself in the ambient sounds of Gamelan Tekanan Suara. This unique performance features traditional Indonesian music, which includes a variety of gongs and metal instruments, which sounds beautiful under usual circumstances, but is even more atmospheric in this scenic garden park setting!
The thirty-minute grand finale will be brought to you by Cause & Effect Circus. Three of Vancouver's favourite jugglers have joined forces to dazzle you with a silly spectacle of interactive contemporary circus that includes clubs, balls, contact juggling, and plenty of pop-notch circus hilarity. This entertaining act is the perfect way to round out this unique event. A POP! Summer Stroll is a magnificent way to enjoy a Surrey summer’s eve—or afternoon! This event has limited tickets…buy early to avoid disappointment!
Dates and Times
All performances are at Darts Hill Garden Park.
August 18 | 6pm
August 19 | 6pm
August 20 | 3pm & 6pm
August 21 | 3pm
August 25 | 6pm
August 26 | 6pm
August 27 | 3pm & 6pm
August 28 | 3pm
What to expect
Stroll through the picturesque settings, and in different locations you will be treated to a variety of performances. Each show station hosts a micro-performance that lasts approximately 10 to 15 minutes before you stroll to a grand finale performance. A POP Summer Stroll is the perfect way to while away a summer’s eve—or afternoon!
You can tour the gardens 30 minutes before the performance starts. For Saturday matinees only, patrons can also tour the gardens for 30 minutes after the performance.
Choosing your ticket price
Summer POP! tickets range in price from $5–$35 to ensure the events are accessible to everyone in the community. That means we are giving you the option to choose the ticket price that works for your budget.
All patrons will have the same experience and will be treated equally regardless of the price they pay.
Unfortunately, neither The Glades Woodland Garden or Darts Hill Garden Park are accessible for wheelchairs or other mobility devices like walkers.
As the nature of a POP! Summer Stroll involves walking from performance to performance, there are no seats provided. You are welcome to bring a folding chair with you. Your chair should be easy to set up, take down, and carry with you.
If you are happy to stand for the micro performances and don’t want to bring a chair, you may want a blanket for the grand finale to sit on the grass.
What to wear
Because of the cedar bulk mulch and gravel on the park and garden walkways, we strongly recommend wearing close-toed shoes.
The POP! Summer Strolls will also take place rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Check the forecast: if it is sunny, make sure you wear something cool that won’t leave you sunburnt, and if the weather is a little cooler, wear clothing that keeps you snug. And if there is a chance of rain, bring a rain jacket and your best umbrella!
Also remember this is mosquito season, so please take the appropriate precautions for these uninvited Summer POP! guests.
There will be light refreshments to purchase. However, the selection will be limited so we encourage you to bring your own beverages and snacks. There is a strict no-alcohol allowed policy in place in all Surrey parks. Any patrons found with alcohol at Summer POP! Events will be asked to leave the event immediately.
Remember to take home all your garbage with you or dispose of it in the park’s garbage cans.
As lovely as your pet companion may be, unless it is a certified service animal with the appropriate paperwork, which you will need to show to Box Office staff, they must stay home, no matter how much they love POP! Summer Strolls.
About the Artists
Gamelan Tekanan Suara/Publik Secrets
Publik Secrets is the umbrella for a constellation of multi-disciplined projects led by George Rahi and Robyn Jacob. In residence at the Hadden Park fieldhouse since 2015, their work has included a variety of public space interventions, performances, installations, and ephemeral gatherings connected thematically to ideas of the soundscape, or acoustic commons, as a participatory space. Their projects frequently involve collaborating with artists and community members in open ended activities, and have included a 24-Hour Karaoke marathon, sound-walks, experimental musical instrument building workshops, improvisation workshops, outdoor films, gamelan music workshops, listening parties, and festivals for creative sonic loitering. Find out more by visiting their website.
Pangaea Arts/Stories on Wheels
Pangaea Arts is an intercultural, interdisciplinary world arts organization based in Vancouver. Pangaea Arts was formed to promote cultural interaction and the exchange of ideas between diverse communities and to introduce Canadian audiences to performance traditions from around the world. Pangaea Arts creates productions that educate by participation, encouraging audiences and artists to actively investigate different cultures and ideas. Learn more about Pangaea Arts.
Vostok (the East) is a lower mainland-based vocal trio primarily performing a cappella. With a strong connection to their roots in Ukrainian music, they also share a love of the rich and varied, yet often interconnected musical and cultural traditions from across Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Their performances are filled with a diverse range of music from across the region in numerous languages and dialects. A Polish lament, a Croatian harvest song, a dissonant Bulgarian chant, a Ukrainian spring song first heard on a Kyiv subway, Vostok takes the listener from bliss to despair and back again.
Cause & Effect Circus
Chris does stuff. All kinds of stuff. For twenty years he was a multidisciplinary circus performer, artistic director, and master of ceremonies. He’s performed at events from the Singapore Grand Prix to the mainstage of Basscoast Music Festival. He taught circus and helped run a festival for ten years, made five years of haunted house theatre, hosted a monthly dance cabaret, toured an award-winning circus show, built some sets, sewed some costumes, and produced a bunch of local shows. Some of them were good. For no good reason he took up leatherwork in 2016 and now he works in a YouTube costume department making real clothes for imaginary people. You can follow him on Instagram @chrismyrdock
Yuki Ueda is a Japanese Canadian professional juggler based in Vancouver. Ueda started performing on the streets of Europe in 2007, before moving to Africa to train and develop his performance style. After moving back to Vancouver in 2009, he started focusing on collaboration projects, which led him to recognition amongst the juggling community in North America. In 2014, Ueda organized a group of jugglers to produce The New Conformity, a show that won awards at theatre festivals. Currently, Ueda’s co-owned company, Cause & Effect Circus, is in development on a new production in collaboration with Pepper’s Ghost: New Media & Performance Collective, funded by the Canada Arts Council. Ueda also has a few solo achievements including first place at the East Japan Juggling Jam Session 2013, and he was also awarded the CanSpin: Canadian Juggler of the Year Award in 2015 and in 2019. He has also been on the board of organizations such as International Juggling Association, and Madskillz Vancouver Society to help promote the juggling arts. Ueda is also an inspiring trainer and few of his former students are currently pursuing the art at École nationale de cirque in Montreal.
Ryan Mellors was born in Vancouver and learned to juggle at the University of Victoria. He moved to England in 2004 and began performing in London's Covent Garden. He spent six years in Europe with residencies at the Hangar Arts Trust in London and La Maison des Jonglages in Paris, creating solo performances and touring contemporary juggling shows. He has been invited as a special guest to perform his unique work at circus conventions and events around the world, including Mexico, Japan, Cambodia, Bahrain, and Singapore, and was invited to perform in the "Cascade of Stars" gala at the 2012 international juggling convention. Ryan joined Cause & Effect Circus in The New Conformity to tour western Canada from 2016-2018 and is currently in development of Press Play, a new production for September 2022.