Fraser Valley?s Battle Of The Bands is off to a strong start, showcasing the talent of both seasoned veterans and energetic newcomers in the Fraser Valley music scene. The younger acts (like Casinos) have the clear advantage of energetic crowd participation, seeing a rush of fans and acquaintances fill the dance floor with loud cheers and polite dance moves (awkward sidestepping mostly, it?s all the rage these days). Meanwhile the long committed acts (like Old Mare) have the advantage of confident stage presence, having spent the greater part of ten years learning how to balance fatherhood with touring, translating the craft of musicianship into the writing and recording process of full length albums, and building a strong fanbase to share their work with. Seeing both sides of the artistic spectrum share stages is indeed a fascinating experience. Lonely Cave Kings from Langley played a solid set and nicely complemented the other two bands.
One would be tempted to call the results a popularity contest (with Casinos taking 1st prize while Old Mare placed 3rd), but to say one act is better than another would unfairly discounting the advantages and disadvantages faced by both artists. If anything the success of a Battle Of The Bands contest should be judged by the sense of shared creative expression it is able to inspire, not by who the eventual top prize is given to.
The fun continues next week with an equally diverse line-up with Folk-rock group Hrdwtr, from Aldergrove, Langley brothers Poppy And The Pistols playing alternative rock, and Surrey Kara Kata Afrobeat Group.
You know the drill – This Saturday (May 18) Aftermath, UFV. Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm. $5 Cover.
Come out and support your favorite band – who will it be?
Lonely Cave Kings Often compared to artists such as The Gaslight Anthem, The National, Kurt Vile, and Franz Ferdinand, Lonely Cave Kings are fast up-and-comers with a passion for creativity and a penchant for composing memorable music that will keep your toes tapping while reminding you what nostalgia feels like.
Casinos Casinos are Alex Vevers, Kier-Christer Junos, Zachary Keely, and Mitchell Trainor. A four-piece originally spawned from the hormone-soup that is high school, the members of Casinos know each other very dearly; their beloved project has gained a meaning beyond simply playing shows. This, is where life refreshes itself.
Old Mare Old Mare released Their EP,”YOU DESERVE MORE” in January of 2012. The project sat in the top 10 charts on CIVL for a number of weeks. Old Mare’s sound has expanded since the release and they look forward to sharing it with all their friends at the Battle of the Bands.
Congratulations to the winner of Week 1 of CIVL’s first ever Battle of the Bands!
Week 1 Winners Merciful Angel!
Merciful Angel will be facing off against two other playoff qualifiers at the end of June at UFV Abbotsford’s Aftermath. Which other two bands will fit this bill?
Stay tuned to find out!
This past weekend, local Abbotsford high school phenoms Yes Men Jr. shocked and awed the audience with their masked performance of psychedelic kraut-drone, disappointing the scenester faithful by finishing third behind runners up 7th Avenue, whose homegrown brand of good ol’ rock’n'roll coasted them into an easy 2nd place, just behind Week 1 champions, Abbotsford’s own Merciful Angel.
Mission's 7th Avenue!
Remember, every band still has a chance to make it into the playoff round through online fan voting, and we’ll let you know how that works as soon as you check back enough times!
So stay tuned and get ready to be the difference maker in this competition!
Every Saturday from May 11 – July 13, at Aftermath, UFV Abbotsford, bands will be competing for $4000 worth of loot from Tractorgrease Multimedia, Five Acres Studio, Jayme Anne Photography, & Long & Mcquade.
Doors open at 7pm, Show from 7:30 – 9:30, $5 Cover, All ages.
Week One, Saturday May 11: 7th Avenue [Rock/Blues], Yes Men Jr [Synth-Punk], Merciful Angel [Traditional/Thrash]
Bands will be judged based on: originality, musicianship, song writing, stage presence, & crowd response. Winners from each week will go onto round two. There will be a vote at the end of the these rounds to allow three wildcard bands into the second round.
This Saturday marks the first week of the first round for the Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands at Aftermath on the UFV campus in Abbotsford.
Competing will be 7th Avenue, a rock and blues band from Mission, synth-punk trio Yes Men Jr. and traditional thrashers Merciful Angel, both from Abbotsford. Come out to hear some of the Fraser Valley talent and help them win industry prizes from Long & McQuade, Tractorgrease multi-media, Jayme Anne Photography, and Five Acres Studio.
Doors at 7, show starts at 7:30pm, $5 cover. All ages.
is originally from Mission B.C. The band has been playing for well over a decade. Their music is well known to the local fans in the Fraser Valley. Valann Dupuis, Clayton Burch, and Kevin Wall are the original band members. Lorne Penner on Bass and Johnny Rocksteady is the drummer.
Yes Men Jr
is a local Abbotsford-based synth-punk band featurin’ lean mean beatnik teens on a bankrupt budget.
Founded in 2008, Merciful Angel has been tearing up the Fraser Valley scene. With a mix of all the older metal we love, with a somewhat modern approach Merciful Angel has a unique defining sound of it’s own. Releasing our e.p this summer , it’s gonna be a face melter.
The Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands, will be kicking off next week, Saturday May 11th at Aftermath.
47 bands submitted applications from Chilliwack all the way to Delta. A panel from CIVL has pared it down to 18 bands representing a mix of genres including rock, blues, pop, funk, metal, punk and world.
Participating bands are: 7th Avenue
, Big Damn Heroes
, Captain Blast! & the INCISION
, Empty After
, Guts and Glory
, Hot Lunch
, Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group
, Lonely Cave Kings
, Merciful Angel
, MG Graveyard
, Minnesota Nice
, Old Mare
, Poppy and the Pistols
, Yes Men Jr.
The first six rounds will be followed by fan voting to decide three final wildcard bands to play in the 3 final rounds. Check back for the full schedule release, and band bios.
CIVL Radio is gearing up for its 2nd full year as a full power F.M. station and its first annual Fundraising Drive week of events and programming, scheduled to take place July 12th – 19th. This requires a dynamic, dedicated, efficient and energetic individual who can take on the position of Fundraising Volunteer Coordinator to ensure that activities this year are a success! The successful candidate will understand the importance of making the first CIVL Fundraising Drive a success.
- Work under the Fundraising Drive Coordinator, Station Manager, and in coordination with station volunteers to execute the first annual fundraising campaign
- Coordinate training of all on-air volunteers for the campaign
- Ensure the individual goals for each show is achievable in consultation with station staff and committees
- Coordinate a pledge database/ensure information is entered accurately
- Plan and oversee all steps necessary to maximize collection of pledges
- All other activities necessary to ensure the drive and events run smoothly
- Publicize the campaign throughout the station and surrounding communities
- Provide support for activities and events related to the Fundraising Drive events, staffing the phone lines, dissemination of promotional material, and on site leadership during events
- Create fundraising resources for volunteers in order to successfully pitch the drive to listeners during the fundraising period
- Ensure compliance from on-air volunteers regarding their fundraising drive obligations prior to and during their weekly program.
1. Strong organizational skills
3. Ability to work with and train volunteers
4. Exceptional communication & outreach skills
5. Ability to work independently
6. Ability to work to tight deadlines
1. Experience in Community/Campus Radio or other non-profit organizations
2. Experience in fundraising operations or event planning
3. Background in design or crafting
4. Familiar with media tools, video, photo, press releases, etc.
$15/hr for 17 weeks, 3 full time weeks, 14 part time weeks
How to Apply:
E-mail email@example.com with Cover Letter, Resume and References
Thanks for all the submissions. We only have a few days left so keep them coming! Click here!
We are upping the ante, and topping up the first prize L&M certificate to $800. Thanks to all our sponsors. Here is a little more on what you could win besides fame.
Tractorgrease Multimedia has operated out of it’s current location for 5 years. They are a recording/video studio and offer live event production providing lights, sound, and stages. They are offering 3 live videos for the winning band. A $2000 value.
Jayme Anne Photography has worked with many known local bands and artists such as Dan Mangan, Jordan Klassen, You Say Party!, First Reign, and a hand full of other Vancouver talent. Jayme is offering a 2 hour photoshoot, with two locations. 10 – 15 high resolution edited photos will be given on a disk 1 – 2 weeks after photoshoot date.
Five Acres Studio is a professional recording studio out on the farm in Bradner. Five Acres will provide the mastering of 6 songs to the winning band.
UFV’s Student Union Society and Long & McQuade have teamed up to provide $800 bones to Long & McQuade, your music supply store
$300 to Long & Mcquade plus 100 pins
$200 to Long & Mcquade plus 100 pins
Thanks to all our sponsors for contributing to this event and the promotion of local music!
Have a band? Know a band? Why not start a band? And then click here to enter the Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands.
10 weeks, 18 bands.
All ages, all genres from throughout the Fraser Valley will compete to win.
First Prize – $700 gift card for L&M, 3 live video recordings at Tractorgrease, Band Photo Shoot from Jayme Anne, and 6 Songs Mastering
Second Prize – $300 gift card for L&M, 100 pins
Third Prize – $200 gift card for L&M, 100 pins
Apply HERE before April 22nd!
CIVL Radio is pleased to announce it’s first ever Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands! Bands of all genres, ages, and addresses are welcome to apply to compete in a Fraser Valley free-for-all, judged by a CIVL panel, that can win them great prizes like free recording time, other production services, photo shoots, and gear!
The Battle of the Bands will begin in May, so check out the form below this poster to apply!
For any added questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply Now! CIVL's Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands
First Prize — $500 gift card for music equipment, 3 live video recordings at Tractorgrease, Band Photo Shoot from Jayme Anne, and 6 Songs Mastering
Second Prize — $300 gift card for music equipment, 100 pins
Third Prize — $200 gift card for music equipment, 100 pins