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:
Friday, November 24th at The Stage in Mission, 8 PM, FREE semi-final, winners TBA
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
In addition to HOSTING the National Community Radio Awards in Abbotsford this year, CIVL also took home no less than 4 (FOUR) awards for programming — more than any other station in the country for this year!
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