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Tri-Cities Diwali group bringing Bollywood encore to Port Coquitlam

Another first-of-its-kind event to celebrate the region's diversity will host a fiery night of dancing and authentic Mumbai club music.
A Bollywood performance by local dancers at the first-ever Tri-Cities Diwali Gala at the Port Moody Recreation Centre on Oct. 29, 2022.

Members of the Tri-Cities South Asian community are planning more events for 2023.

Following the success of the region's first-ever Diwali Gala in October, the same organizers are set to host a night of authentic Bollywood evening just in time for Valentine's Day (Feb. 14).

"Bollywood Sundowner" is scheduled for Feb. 11 in Port Coquitlam as a continuation of celebrating the community's diversity.

Organizers Sumit Rawla, Shubhi Rawla and Akshita Puri are welcoming back DJ Raytrix — famously known as the "spin king" of Mumbai clubs — who officially moved to Canada last year and got his first gig at the Tri-Cities Diwali Gala.

This time, he's also set to perform alongside DJ Aarya Ray of Vancouver.

The organizers said this will be the first of three more gatherings this year, including a second Diwali Gala.

"The Tri-Cities Diwali Gala was a massive success and we are beyond proud and excited to come together once again for our beloved friends and Tri-Cities residents," the trio stated on the Bollywood Sundowner event's page.

"You danced to some amazing beats the night of the Gala and didn’t want to leave the dance floor!"

The night of dance and movie music is set to another first for the Lower Mainland in unleashing "inner Bollywood rockstars."

Interested patrons must be 19 years or older to attend the event, set to take place at The Bennett Craft and Kitchen (2099 Lougheed Hwy.) from 8 p.m. to midnight.

A limited number of tickets are available, organizers said, and those in attendance are set to receive one free drink.

For more information and tickets, you can visit Bollywood Sundowner's Eventbrite page or email

Tri-Cities Diwali Gala organizers are set to host a Bollywood Sundowner party in Port Coquitlam in continuing to expand and celebrate the region's diversity. By Submitted


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