A few hundred people turned out to the Abbotsford Arts Centre Saturday evening for the inaugural Fraser Valley Music Awards. In addition to a dozen award presentations, the historical regional event featured live performances from thirteen Nominees: The Kwerks, Matt Lowen & Rick Genge, The Sylvia Platters, Paravel, Mollys Reech, Ria Jade, Alexis Lynn, Quinn Sojonky, James Buddy Rogers, Saint Soldier, Kin, and Harpdog Brown.
“CIVL listeners, FVMA attendees, nominees, winners, and volunteers have all been thanking us, saying we are leading the way in promoting and supporting Fraser Valley music,” explains CIVL Radio station manager Aaron Levy (who also hosted the show, along with Seth Bell). “And that’s our only goal!”
2016 FVMA Winners:
Hip Hop: Saint Soldier
Folk/Roots: Brennan Sinclair
Loud: We Hunt Buffalo
Rock: Little Wild
For and By Youth: Quinn Sojonky
Jazz: Eli Bennett
Blues: Harpdog Brown
Pop: John Welsh
Rhythm & Dance: YOU SAY PARTY
Experimental: Cheap High
Musicianship: Rick Genge
YOUR 2016 FRASER VALLEY MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES:
Saint Soldier (Abbotsford) *WINNER*
Harpdog Brown (Surrey) *WINNER*
Brennan Sinclair (Abbotsford) *WINNER*
John Welsh Band (Harrison) *WINNER*
RHYTHM & DANCE
You Say Party (Abbotsford) *WINNER*
We Hunt Buffalo (Langley) *WINNER*
Cheap High (Abbotsford / Mission) *WINNER*
Doja (Abbotsford / Victoria) *WINNER*
Little Wild (Abbotsford) *WINNER*
FOR AND BY YOUTH
Quinn Sojonky (Abbotsford) *WINNER*
WILD CARD: PRODUCTION, SINGER/SONGWRITER, MUSICIANSHIP
Rick Genge (Chilliwack) *WINNER*
Nominees are eligible for the following prizes from various sponsors;
89.5 The Drive: Free music business education session with The Drive’s Glen Singerland.
Abbotsford Agrifair: 3 opportunities to play for $200 on the Agrifair Main Stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the 2016 event! Plus additional opportunities to sing the national anthems at this well-attended event.
BadCat/MNet: 1 opportunity to play at the MNET Arts Club Theater for a featured performance, to be recorded, as well as an opportunity to perform at the 1st annual “MNET Radio Music Festival” at Centennial Park August 27, 2016
BC Musician Magazine: A feature article on the Artist in this regional music publication
Devon Clifford Music Foundation: $250+ to go towards recording and/or instrument/equipment purchase.
Fraser Valley Blues Society: The winner is receives a bye to the International Blues Challenge Finale being held Sunday, Sept. 11th, with the winner going on to Memphis, TN in Jan. 2017.
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments: $500 in Long & McQuade Gift Cards.
Moda Events: A live performance during an upcoming Fraser Valley Art Battle! Be the musical entertainment while 6 painters face off in 3×20 minute rounds with the winning painters being voted on by attendees!
Penticton Peach Fest: An opportunity to perform at this year’s event. This year’s headliner: Chilliwack!
UFV Athletics Dept: performance at first home game weekend of basketball season with $500 honorarium to a Hip Hop Artist
What’s On Abbotsford-Sumas: A feature article on the Artist in this uber-local events and arts publication!
100+ Artists Apply to FVMAs – Apr 30: Education Day & Nominee Announcement
The first ever Fraser Valley Music Awards is closed for submissions to the July 2016 event as of Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
CIVL and The FVMAs would like to invite you to attend the Nominations Announcement and Music Education Day on Saturday April 30 at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford. The day will run from 11:00am to 4:00pm and will feature panels on a variety of music industry topics, question and answer sessions, and a conversation with You Say Party’s Stephen O’Shea, talking about the road to success for Abbotsford’s most notable local band. The announcement of the 2016 FVMA Nominees follows at 4:30pm. A full schedule of events will be up at www.CIVL.ca later this week. Additional industry representatives will be announced as well.
All FVMA applicants are invited to attend this session for free by RSVPing to firstname.lastname@example.org (admission for non-applicants is $5.00), and to stick around after our Education Day for the early evening Nominations Announcement and Press Conference, where the final list of categories and nominees will be presented for the first time.
With the submission period finally closed after 70 days, CIVL is proud to announce the final tallies of this inaugural round of FVMA applications. 109 total applications came in, representing over 300 unique musicians who live, work, record, or hail from the Fraser Valley, representing each of New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, White Rock, Maple Ridge, Mission, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope.
“We are just overwhelmed with both the quality and quantity of support that we’ve received from this initiative so far,” says CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy. “Whether it’s support from sponsors, local venues from within and outside of our direct community, musicians who continue to keep letting us know how excited they are to be a part of the ground floor of this event, or music lovers who just want to get involved!”
You can also tune in Sundays at 12 pm on 101.7 FM for Waves and Valleys hosted by FVMA Coordinator James Kasper, featuring live performances and interviews from FVMA applicants right up until the awards show! Find all episodes here as soon as they’re aired! http://www.tinyurl.com/hunch5
Opportunities You Get JUST BY APPLYING:
More Opportunities and Prizes Are Being Developed Every Day! Tell Us What Interests You and What Value Bands Need That We Are Not Providing Them Yet!
Music Submissions in February
A new major music event is coming to the Fraser Valley. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) successfully landed by Abbotsford’s 101.7 CIVL Radio, the first-ever Fraser Valley Music Awards will be held in Abbotsford in July of 2016.
FVMA Coordinator James Kasper (who founded the Vancouver Island Music Awards in 2002) says the event’s mandate will be to celebrate local arts and culture and provide resources and support for local musicians.
“The music scene is not going to be the same next year, so we need to acknowledge it this year. The aim of this event is to inject new life into local arts and culture. There is an abundance of great music in the Fraser Valley, and we want to bring attention to it and bring all facets of the scene together on one night to network and celebrate.”
Musicians in the Fraser Valley will be asked to provide their music to the FVMA Jury when the Submission Period begins February 1st. In the meantime, CIVL Radio is recruiting volunteers and seeking out sponsors to attach their name to this exciting new initiative.
“We think the talent exists in the Valley at a level whereby the next Arcade Fire or Feist can be from east of the bridge,” explains CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy. “Our goal is to provide a jumping off point from which they can achieve that level of success.”
Over the past few years, CIVL Radio has organized similar events, including a Battle of the Bands whose winners have gone on to the Peak Performance Project (Derrival) and The Fox Seeds competition (John Welsh). Western Jaguar won the 2015 Battle. A 2016 Battle of the Bands will be one of the major events leading up to the 2016 Fraser Valley Music Awards. An FVMA compilation album will also be released in the months prior to the main event in July.
The FVMA mandate is to:
To get involved in the FVMAs, contact us at the information above, check back to this page, or Like our facebook page here: CIVL Radio on Facebook.