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VIDEO: Recording star Sharry Mann to perform at Vancouver Bandits game

Club holds first-ever South Asian heritage event at Langley Events Centre

Internationally reknowned recording artist and actor Sharry Mann will perform at Langley Events Centre (LEC) on Saturday, June 1 when the Bandits host the visiting Calgary Surge for the club’s first-ever South Asian heritage game.

Mann will perform at a pre-game concert in the arena bowl and a half-time show during the intermission between the second and third quarters of gameplay.

Bandits advise fans should arrive before 7 p.m. to ensure that they have time to find parking (free on-site at LEC) and locate their seats before Mann’s performance, which will be shortly after the top of the hour before the Bandits and Surge tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the concert and game are combined and start at $27.50 per ticket.

Famous for his appearances and chart-topping hits in Punjabi music and film, Mann has amassed hundreds of millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify; including tracks such as ‘3 Peg’ (800+ million plays on YouTube, 50+ million Spotify streams) and ‘Hostel’ (250+ million plays on YouTube, 13+ million Spotify streams).

Also known as Surinder Singh Mann, the prominent Punjabi singer from Mohali, India, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering before deciding to pursue a music career.

Bandits team president Dylan Kular was “thrilled” with the booking, predicting it will “surely be one of the most exciting games of the 2024 CEBL season. Fans in attendance will be treated to two awesome musical performances courtesy of Sharry as well as a must-watch rematch against our rivals from Calgary.”

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The June 1st Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) match-up between Vancouver and Calgary will be the first time that the Western Conference foes have met since Calgary inched past Vancouver in last year’s Western Conference finals.

It will feature the debut of the Bandits’ South Asian Heritage jersey, designed by artist Sandeep Johal to be worn by Vancouver at the game to honour South Asian artistic traditions and design techniques.

“It’s a celebration of being South Asian,” Johal said.

“It’s a celebration of our culture. It’s very vibrant. It’s very joyful. It’s very colorful and I bring that into my work a lot. I leaned into Phulkari, which is folk embroidery from Punjab.”

Bandits open the club’s sixth season at home in the LEC on May 23rd at 7 p.m. against the Montréal Alliance

Vancouver will play a total of 10 regular season home games in 2024 between Thursday, May 23 and Thursday, July 18 and will wrap up regular season action on the road against Montréal on Sunday, July 28