Congratulations to John Welsh who took home the title of the 2014 #CIVLSSBattle Champion! On April 11, during the second intermission of the Abbotsford Heat Game, John performed his easy-to-sing-along-to Newfie Song, which would be his winning performance! Through a poll on CiVL’s Facebook page, fans crowned John their favourite. As part of his prize package, John also performed at the Abbotsford Arts Council’s Arty Awards the very next evening.
Congratulations to all of this year’s #CIVLSSBattle competitors: Todd Brown, Matt McAllister, Tristan Smith, My Goal is Telepathy (Andrew Muller), Corey Primus, Patrick Jolicouer, John Welsh, Alex Rake and Franklyn Currie.
Two more battles were held at Aftermath on Monday, March 17 and 31 and two talented singer-songwriters were named winners of their heats, making them finalists in the playoff battle to be held Monday, April 7.
The second battle welcomed Andrew Muller of My Goal is Telepathy, Corey Primus, Patrick Jolicouer and John Welsh, representing a wide range of styles. From Andrew’s one-man band featuring vocals layered over guitar and beats, to John’s original songs inspired by his travels to New Zealand, Mexico and Newfoundland, the crowd at the Aftermath was entertained and encouraged to sing along.
The third and final regular round battle featured a two-man race between Alex Rake and Franklyn Currie, resulting in the closest battle in CiVL’s Battle of the Bands (short) history. Only one point separated the two singer-songwriter’s final scores, but the two performers gave two very different shows. Alex switched between guitar and mandolin, while Franklyn drew on his 15-year experience of writing songs to convey his life growing up in Abbotsford.
Alex Rake took this heat, saying of his performance, “It was casual, but serious”.
Facebook voting is now open to fans of those who did not win their heats to advance to the playoff round, including Todd Brown, Matt McAllister, Andrew Muller, Corey Primus, Patrick Jolicouer and Franklyn Currie.
Go to CIVL’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/civl.radio to vote now!!!
The playoff round will take place at Aftermath on Monday, April 7 at 2:00. The three wildcard finalists will be announced after polls close on Friday, April 4, and will join Tristan Smith, John Welsh, and Alex Rake.
CIVL Radio 101.7 FM’s 2nd annual Battle of the Bands, #CIVLSSBattle debuted on Monday, March 17. CIVL congratulates Tristan Smith, winner of the first battle!
Three solo performers played for fans at Aftermath at UFV for an afternoon of competition and original live music. Todd Brown began the battle with his collection of songs about Canada, and started his set with the tender Yellowhead Highway. “Please head back to Calgary,” he pleads in his melodic tune with his guitar.
Banjo and guitar-playing and Matt McAllister was up next, introducing his set with, “This is about flowers and nice things.” Switching instruments halfway through the set, he ended with Weird Ideas. Tristan Smith was the last to battle and entertained audiences in between songs with stories of his first crush.
A big thank you and a job well done to the other battlers! Those who were not chosen in this regular battle round still have the chance to move into the playoff round on Monday, April 7 through wildcard voting on Facebook. Fans, if you haven’t done so already, please like CIVL’s Facebook page for the opportunity to vote for your favourite artist!
The next battle takes place again at Aftermath at UFV, on Monday, March 24. Four more singer-songwriters will compete, including Corey Primus, Patrick Jolicouer, John Welsh and a competitor from last year’s battles, Andrew Muller of My Goal is Telepathy.
Hope to see you at the next battle at 2:00 at Aftermath, March 24!