Common Room and CIVL Offer Recording Grant!

May 29, 2020

May 29th, 2020

Abbotsford, BC – CIVL and the Common Room Music Collective are teaming up. Submissions are now open for the Common Room Recording Grant, for which CIVL is proud to come on board as a major sponsor.

Eligible applicants will have a chance to receive $3,500 to put towards audio recordings for a musical project of their own work.

Full criteria can be found at the, but Fraser Valley musical artists who do not have label support are the primary focus for this prize.

Common Room has been operating based in Abbotsford since 2016, beginning as a songwriter circle that has taken place in backyards and living rooms throughout the Central Valley roughly bi-monthly ever since.

In 2018 Common Room hosted it’s first annual Songwriter’s Retreat in Otter Lake near Princeton, BC, and finally last summer, the collective began fundraising in order to offer a recording grant for local independent artists, and CIVL Radio is pleased to sign on to match those funds, and participate as a long term sponsor of this exciting initiative.

“We’re over the moon that CIVL has decided to partner with us,” says Casey Kowalchuk, one of the Common Room founders. “We did this because we wanted to help the local artists who struggle financially to be able to take that next step, and it’s great that CIVL can come along and help us make that happen.”

CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy was thrilled to find that Common Room was interested in partnering: “We’ve been watching what they’re doing for years now from the outside, and have been so impressed and proud of what the community has come together to provide for itself in the form of the spaces and opportunities that Common Room have opened up for local artists.”

Applications will be open for two months, and all submissions will be adjudicated by a committee of personnel made up of staff and volunteers from CIVL and Common Room.

The winner of this year’s Common Room Recording Grant will be announced at this year’s Jam in Jubilee webcast at the end of August. WATCH PROMO VIDEO HERE


The RECORDING Project – 1 Year, 20 Artists, 10 Videos, 50k

December 3, 2019

Abbotsford, BC – CIVL 101.7 FM at the University of the Fraser Valley is proud to present The RECORDING Project, financed by the Community Radio Fund of Canada with a $50,000 grant awarded in 2018.

CIVL spent an entire year collecting interviews and in studio performances from 10 notable touring artists, pairing each with a local artist from the Fraser Valley.

Each week for ten weeks, CIVL will release a new 10 minute video on social media, and a companion interview and performance from a local and touring artist each, broadcast on 101.7 FM and archived for download.

UFV students, CIVL volunteers, and our community radio staff members worked with M.Hutt and Casey Kowalchuk films to bring exciting performances from Juno award winners, Polaris Prize short listers, international educators, local upstarts, and some fun faces from the Canadian media landscape as well!

The schedule of releases goes as follows, with week 1 currently upon us, and each new episode debuting on FM every Sunday, and the videos coming out on social media on Mondays:

Week 1: Stephen Carl O’Shea (You Say Party) and Veronique Noelle (Alt/Punk/Electro)

Week 2: Ed the Sock and UFV Prof Eric Spalding (Comedy/Acoustic)

Week 3: Mob Bounce and JML/Known (Hip Hop)

Week 4: Bird City and David Ivan Neil (Folk/Songwriter)

Week 5: Kimball Gallagher and Kyler Pierce (Classical/Folk)

Week 6: Madison Violet and The Crescent Sky (Folk)

Week 7: Geoff Berner and Alex Rake (Folk)

Week 8: Narcy and Saint Soldier (Hip Hop/Pop)

Week 9: Zaki Ibrahim and Kristin Witko (RnB/Soul/Pop)

Week 10: The Rascalz and HooperTurntSanger (Hip Hop)

Topics covered in RECORDING Project interviews focused on intersectionality, privilege, marginalization and community building. Harry Doupe and Drew Riekman coordinated bookings and logistics, and a variety of CIVL volunteers hosted the interviews in studio under their direction.

Visit for the first episode, and return weekly for new content.


2019 Fraser Valley Music Award Winners List and Pics

November 28, 2019

Corky’s proved to be the perfect venue for the 4th annual FVMA’s

Winners for the 2019 Fraser Valley Music Awards:

Blues – Dale Sawatzky (Langley)

Country – David Ivan Neil (Abbotsford)

Electronic – Stephen Carl O’Shea & Daniel Ross (Abbotsford)

Experimental – Kristin Witko (Abbotsford)

Folk – West My Friend (Langley)

Ben Cottrill performs to open the show
Misfit from Rascalz announces the Hip Hop category winner

Hip Hop/Urban – Hooper Turnt Sanger (Surrey)

HooperTurntSanger performs before winning the Hip Hop category

Jazz – Natalia Pardalis (Surrey)

Natalia Pardalis performs before winning the Jazz category

Metal – Eric “The Lightning” Taylor (Abbotsford)

Pop – Kristin Witko (Abbotsford)

Punk – Joanie Loves Chachi (Chilliwack)

Joanie Loves Chachi with their Punk award

Rock – Gone Sugar Die (Langley)

Achievement by a Female Artist – Lori Paul (Chilliwack)

Achievement by a First Nations/Indigenous Artist – Alexis Lynn (Surrey)

Achievement by an LGBTQ2+ Artist – Mackenzie Widdows (Mission)

Dakota Leslie Award for Fan Vote – Western Jaguar (Maple Ridge)

Lifetime Achievement – Brian Smith (Langley)

Brian Smith of Trooper receiving the inaugural Fraser Valley Music Lifetime Achievement Award from host and coordinator Harry Doupe