FVMA Schedule for November 25th at Abbyfest!

November 24, 2017

From 10 am until 4 pm Saturday, November 25th, the Fraser Valley Music Awards team up with Abbyfest and the Abbotsford Centre for a FREE day of music and cultural celebration!

See the parade of nations, dances and martial arts performances, and then at approximately 12:20 pm, see FVMA nominee performances, and find out who the big winners are for our 15 awards!

1000 Parade
1015 Introductions
1025 Anthem (Alexandra Salvador)
1030 Sun Hang Do
1040 Tha Realm
1050 Milka UFV
1058 Mehak Anny Dance UFV
1106 Genial UFV
1112 Bhangra UFV
1122 Kevin UFV
1132 Cambree Music UFV
1142 Break
1150 Ukrainian/Scandanavian Dance
1200 Irish Dance
1210 Tae Kwon Do
1220 FVMA Intro
1230 Award: Excellence – Female
1237 Brander Raven
1245 Award: Folk
1300 Jada Klein
1308 Award: Blues
1314 Ria Jade
1322 Award: Rock
1328 Hope/MTHC
1336 Award: Hip Hop
1342 #DakotaLeslieMemorialLivePerformanceoftheYear 1
1350 Award: Queer
1356 #DakotaLeslieMemorialLivePerformanceoftheYear 2
1404 Award: Experimental
1410 #DakotaLeslieMemorialLivePerformanceoftheYear 3
1418 Award: #DakotaLeslieMemorialLivePerformanceoftheYear
1424 Award: Electronic
1432 Kristin Witko
1438 Award: Indigenous
1444 Little Evening
1452 Award: Country
1458 Dear Father
1506 Award: Pop
1512 Charlie Nam
1520 Award: Youth
1526 Award: Loud

Female, Queer and Indigenous Nominees Lead 2017 Fraser Valley Music Awards Pack

November 15, 2017

4386 Fraser Valley Music Awards ISSUE A-05 copy-page-001

Full list of nominees/categories/links for each artist. List of prizes available from sponsors.

Statistically to date: 147 unique artists (representing ~500 individual musicians) applied for an FVMA, and 90 unique acts (~250 musicians) have been nominated over 18 months.

Abbotsford – CIVL-FM is pleased to present the 42 acts nominated in 13 categories for the second annual Fraser Valley Music Awards. An announcement ceremony was held at Townhall Public House in Abbotsford Tuesday night, hosted by decorated Fort Langley-raised writer and comedian Harry Doupe. Abbotsford’s Kristin Witko, and Mamarudegyal MTHC from Burnaby led the pack with nominations in 4 categories, while Abbotsford’s Jada Klein and Coquitlam resident TestTubeBaby were both nominated in 3.

This year, in addition to local aficionados like CIVL music director Audrey MacDonald and host Rabia Kamboj, Wide Mouth Mason singer/songwriter Shaun Verreault, Pat Steward (The Odds, Bryan Adams, Matthew Good), and Polaris Prize Grand Juror/CHUO-FM Ottawa station manager Erin Flynn all adjudicated submissions. Even Nashville, TN resident Steve Dawson weighed in on this years’ submissions. Many will remember him leading the Black Hen Houseband when Henhouse Studios was in Vancouver just a couple years ago.

All in all, 20 nominees had an Abbotsford connection to the Fraser Valley, while 6 Langleyites brought home nominations, 4 Chilliwackians, and 3 each went to Maple Ridgers, Burnabyites and Missionites (who all, incidentally, tie in the category for least exciting venery). Two nominees are Surrey based, and one each hail from Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Lake Errock. Only 10 2017 nominees were also nominated in 2016, and only two category winners (Saint Soldier, Hip Hop – Abb/Harpdog Brown, Blues – Surrey) repeated.

Three Battle of the Bands dates to decide CIVL’s Dakota Leslie Memorial Live Performance of the Year Award and it’s accompanying $750 cash prize are taking place in Aldergrove, Chilliwack, and Mission. The following are dates where crowd participation WILL be a factor in deciding which artists will move on for a chance to play in the finals at the FVMA’s November 25th on the Abbotsford Centre stage as part of Abbyfest:

Thursday, November 16th at The Vineyard in Chilliwack, 8 – 10 PM, FREE w/ Ben Cottrill (Abby), Western Jaguar (Mission), Travis Murray (Ab) and Dear Father (Langley)


Thursday, November 23rd at Bob’s Steakhouse in Aldergrove, 8-10 PM, FREE w/ Molten Blues Band (Ab), Whiskeyjays (Langley), Corey Primus (Chilliwack) and Kenneth Kraylie (A)


Friday, November 24th at The Stage in Mission, 8 PM, FREE semi-final, winners TBA

FVMA Deadline Extended, Prelim. Categories Announced

October 30, 2017

The Fraser Valley Music Awards October 31st application deadline is being extended until November 4th at 11:59 pm PST.

Preliminary categories that will be recognized, in addition to the $750 Dakota Leslie Memorial Live Performance of the Year, which will be awarded to one Battle of the Bands participant, which can come from any genre, are as follows in order of volume of applicants to date: Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues, Electronic, Experimental, Hip Hop, Metal, Punk and World. CIVL will also take the opportunity to recognize excellence from the Queer, First Nations, Youth, and female identifying community members throughout the Fraser Valley. We’ve also been asking artists to self identify their own genres or categories, and 31 unique different classifications have been identified thus far of the 90+ musicians represented by acts that have applied.

Important Upcoming Dates (All events are FREE to the public):

FVMA Application Deadline

Saturday, November 4th at 11:59 pm PST via www.civl.ca/fvma

All FVMA applications must be submitted by this point to be adjudication by jurors

FVMA Nomination Announcement:

Tuesday, November 14th at Townhall Public House in Abbotsford – 5:30 – 8 pm

Hosted by Harry Doupe, a veteran comedian and writer, who’s work has included writing for the Olympics, Junos, Geminis, Just for Laughs, and so much more. Harry will help us announce the nominees in each category.

FVMA Battle of the Bands Final:

Friday, November 24th at The Stage in Mission – 7 pm

Bands that have competed in the preliminary Battle dates throughout November will face off for one last chance to appear on stage at FVMA’s to win $750 and more!

Fraser Valley Music Awards at Abbyfest!

Saturday, November 25th at the Abbotsford Centre – 10 am – 4 pm

For more information about CIVL’s Fraser Valley Music Awards, please visit www.civl.ca/fvma or contact CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy via info@civl.ca