CIVL Hosts the 14th Annual Homelessness Marathon

January 26, 2016

Abbotsford (January 26, 2016) – Abbotsford’s CIVL 101.7 FM, is the coordinating station responsible for this year’s installment of the collaborative project among National Campus and Community Radio Stations in Canada, called the 14th Annual Homelessness Marathon.

Homelessness Marathon poster draft 3

Hosted for 11 years by McGill University’s CKUT-FM in Montreal​, the marathon has been coordinated by U of Alberta’s CJSR in Edmonton ​and Queens University in Kingston’s CFRC ​over the past two years, making this the first time the marathon has been coordinated by a station in British Columbia.

The broadcast will last 14 hours, starting on Tuesday, February 23rd at 2 pm (PST)​, and lasting until Wendesday, February 24th at 4 am (PST)​. Regular CIVL programming will be pre-empted for the entirety of the broadcast, airing instead public forums, pre-recorded stories, and other content provided by each of the stations mentioned above, as well as CJSF Burnaby from SFU​, CiTR at UBC​, CFRU at the U of Guelph​, CHRW from Western​in London, ON, and CKDU at Dalhousie ​in Halifax.

Each year, dozens of stations participate in producing accessible content from volunteers, staff, community groups, and concerned local citizens, in order to address issues of homelessness, poverty, and the associated stigmas that haunt people who struggle to make ends meat every day. To date, the broadcast is confirmed to air on stations in BC​, Alberta​, Saskatchewan​, Ontario​, Quebec​, NB​, and NS​.

Overall, 22 stations have already signed on to broadcast all or parts of the Marathon, and more are signing on every day! CIVL will be taking calls live on the toll free hotline for any listeners to chime in with their thoughts or experiences.

CIVL has broadcast parts of the marathon each of the past 5 years, contributing content 3 times, including a 30 minute live broadcast with 5 and 2 Ministries’ Ward Draper one week before Abbotsford City Council made the ultimate decision to forego the supportive housing project which was hotly debated in 2014. In 2015, CIVL submitted a 45 minute live recording of WJ Mouat Secondary’s 12th Grade drama production, commissioned by Character Abbotsford, answering the question “What can be done to eliminate homelessness in Abbotsford?”

Live forums will be set up in Vancouver, Burnaby, Kingston, and Montreal, featuring open mics and public forums so those most affected can participate and have their voices heard.

For further information, please contact:

Station Manager – CIVL 101.7 FM

UFV Campus and Community Radio Society

Tel: 778-982-0648


Marathon Station Coordinators

Staff/Volunteers at Participating Stations

1-888-504-7441 x 6307 (Toll Free Canada-Wide)

2015 Charts in Review

January 4, 2016

A look back at our most popular charted #1 albums of 2015!

Tied for third place:
B.A. Johnston – Sh*t Sucks (Mammoth Cave)

Dodgers – Bombshell (Self Release)

New Order – Music Complete (Mute)

The Sylvia Platters – Make Glad the Day (Self Release)

Tied for second place:
Destroyer – Poison Season (Merge)

Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire (Thrill Jockey)

Tied for number one!:
El Vy – Return to the Moon (4AD)

Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)

Yukon Blonde – On Blonde (Dine Alone)


October 26, 2015

Hello! The last few weeks have been great for music. Here are a few of samplings with this weeks adds below!

Moss Lime – Zoo du Québec (Insterstellar – Digital Add)
Montreal based “smooth surf” pop.

Kacy & Clayton – Strange Country (Big White Clouds)
Refreshing folk from Glentworth, Saskatchewan artists Kacy Anderson/Clayton Linthicum.

Joanna Newsom – Divers (Drag City – Digital Add)
Long awaited and much anticipated, Newsom’s Divers does not disappoint. The album is beautifully weird.

Fuzz – II (In the Red)
Ty Segall, Charles Moothart, and Chad Ubovich’s follow up to their debut self-titled release.

Joanna Newsom – Divers (Drag City – Digital Add)
Fuzz – II (In the Red – Digital Add)
The Musquadettes – Side B (Costume Records/PaperCup Records)
Hierophants – Parallax Error (Goner)
Kacy & Clayton – Strange Country (Big White Cloud Records)
Elvy – Valley of the Kilowatt Hour (Little Wagon Records)
Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone? (Arts & Crafts)
The Del Fi’s – Crowd Pleaser (Self Release)
Moonchild – Sonic Sculptures EP (Self Release)

Sweet Alibi – Walking in the Dark (MFM)
Laura Sauvage – Americana Submarine (Simone Records)
DRI HIEV – Contravirtual EP (Shake! Records)
Chairs – Drawn Into Mazes (Kinnta)
Raury – All We Need (Columbia)
Juice Box – TETRA PAK (Self Release)
Blue Sky Miner’s – S/T (Self Release)
North Atlantic Explorers – All the Ships at Sea (Anniedale Records)
Krista Hartman – Constellations (Self Release)
Rob Taylor Project – A Special Occasion (Self Release)
Les Revenants – Epouvantails (Costume Records)
Chron Goblin – Backwater (Ripple Music)
Various Artists -Level Up (CJSW 90.9)
Hook and Eye – Start Slow (Medicine Records)
The Hearts – Equal Love (Self Release)
TV Freaks – Bad Luck Charms (Deranged Records)
The Shiverettes – Just Three Songs (Self Release)