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Jassa Dhillon, AR Paisley, and Prabh will perform at 5X Blockparty in Surrey

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Toronto-based singer and songwriter Jassa Dhillon is one of the 5X Blockparty headliners. Facebook photo.

Surrey Civic Plaza will come alive on Saturday (June 15) with a massive celebration of Punjabi Canadian culture. Joty Kay and Kirpan Dhillon will host the 5X Blockparty, which runs from 2 to 9 p.m. outside Surrey City Hall.

The lineup has a new addition: Alberta-based Punjabi Canadian hip-hop artist Prabh, a.k.a. Prabhal Singh. His music video for “9:45”, featuring Jay Trak, has attracted more than 140 million page views since premiering last summer.

The hypnotic track integrates western melodies with Punjabi rhythms. Prabh is one of a growing number of Desi diaspora pop stars attracting fan bases within India and in western countries like Canada, the U.K., and Australia.

Watch Prab Singh’s official video for “9:45”.

Other performers include 5X Blockparty headliners Jassa Dhillon and AR Paisley., who are both songwriters and rappers.

Dhillon, who’s based in Toronto, racked up 1.4 million YouTube views for the official video his latest single, “Let Go”. His melancholic song of lost love was released last month.

Jassa Dhillon pulls at the heart strings in “Let Go”.

Paisley won Hip Hop/Rap Artist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2023. He recently partnered with 16-year-old Punjabi music sensation Harsh Likhari on the recent track, “Supply & Demand”.

The 5X Blockparty will also feature several local acts—such as Surrey-based Punjabi singer Raman Bains, Surrey-based DJ and producer Hark, and Vancouver-based DJs Shalv and Surbee—as well as Toronto-based classical and contemporary vocalist PRI.

The blockparty is part of the Vancouver International Bhangra Society’s seventh annual 5X Fest. It runs from Friday (June 13) to Monday (June 16) at various locations.

Listen to “Supply & Demand” by AR Paisley and Harsh Lakhari.

5X Art Party returns to Beaumont Studios

Following the 5X Blockparty, there will be an official 5X Fest Afterparty, which will be open to the public. Presented by THE SEEN and supported by 91 North Records, this event will take place in a warehouse from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJs Hark, Kokaheena, and Makaan will provide the entertainment.

Meanwhile, on Friday (June 14), the festival will present its popular annual 5X Art Party at Beaumont Studios in Vancouver. Curated by May 18 Florals owner and creative director Ritesh Matlani, this ticketed event will run from 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. Featured artists include Kirn GillAroshalinyRavi GillSrita DoleMinu Art by HeartTMV STUDIO by King Attili, and Shakun Jhangiani.

In addition, the 5X Art Party will showcase wearable art by Kiran Singh, the Vancouver host of A Very Punjabi Podcast. Singh’s designs incorporate elements of Punjabi language and literature.

Another installation at the 5X Art Party will be a laser programming exhibit by Sumana Mahesh. According to the 5X Fest, it “fuses nature and technology together by bringing the life of a seedling to a flower on a mesmerizing global journey”.

Branding specialist and digital artist Satinder Dhillon’s work will also be featured. Inspired by The Hero’s Journey, his art installation relies on animation and floral imagery to illustrate how humans find their own way in the world.

Moreover, the 5X Art Party will present works by fashion stylist Jason Pillay and artist Jasmeen Khaira. There will also be music by Vancouver jazz vocalist Shruti Ramani as well as Revay, Makaan, DJ Kokaheena, and Van Vogue Jam.

The art installations will remain at Beaumont Studios for free viewings until June 28.

Watch Shruti Ramani’s memorable rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon”.

For more information about 5X Fest, visit the website. Follow Pancouver on X (formerly Twitter) @PancouverMedia and on Instagram @PancouverMedia.

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