Festival Season Right Around the Corner

June 26, 2015

CIVL is excited to bring you several Festivals and Concerts in and around the Fraser Valley!

With the Mission Folk Music Festival coming up, from June 24th to 26th, CIVL is glad to say that our volunteers will once again be attending in our now traditional Pirate Costumes. CIVL volunteers will also be Emceeing on three stages between 11 AM and 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

The CIVL Pirates at last years Folk Fest

A little further away, CIVL will also have on-air content from the Harrison Festival of the Arts from July 11th to the 19th, so check out Songbag hosted by Ed Wilson every Thursday at 11 AM.

CIVL will also be present at Jam in Jubilee, a month long series of free concerts in Historic Downtown Abbotsford’s Jubilee Park; running every Thursday evening from 6 till 10. And for only the second year, CIVL will be hosting the After-Dark portion of the Jam at Townhall, just across the road, from 10 to 11. Also check out Jam in Jubilee Radio every Thursday from 5 to 6.

The Jam kicks off July 9th but get a taste of what’s to come by checking out a few other free concerts: like Sup at the Park, coming up June 30th featuring music from the likes of Kin (Abbotsford, BC), Fountain (Victoria, BC), Mauno (Halifax, NS), The Dories (Montreal, QC), Whoop-Szo (Guelph, ON) and outgoing CKDU, Dalhousie Station Coordinator, Gianna Lauren (Halifax, NS) in full band form! Hosted at the Kariton Art Gallery from 6 to 10 that evening. All bands will also be performing at the legendary Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary in the very near future.

If that doesn’t fill your “Free Concert in the Park” jollies then check-out the on-going Envision series, which now moves from the Coffeehouses of  Abbotsford to Mill Lake, starting this week! Every Saturday afternoon from 4 to 7:30 stop by the Kariton Art Gallery at Mill Lake Park to take in some excellent music including Western Jaguar, Brennan Sinclair and Petrichor on August 8th, the top 3 from the #CIVLUFV Battle! CIVL will also be hosting Envision Radio with Dave Farmer, every Thursday from 6 to 6:30.

It’s going to be an exciting next few weeks and CIVL can’t wait to take part in all of this!

New Space, New Staff!

June 22, 2015

As spring turns to summer, new things are in the air here at the station! We’ve moved into our swanky new digs in the newly-constructed, open concept Building S on the UFV campus. We’ve also acquired two new staff, who are going to bring their experience, knowledge, and personalities to take CIVL to the next level, as we, like goldfish, expand into our luxurious new space.

Dave Cusick is our new Director of Programming and Volunteers. Dave began his radio career in Portland, Oregon in 2002 at KPSU, the college/community station of Portland State University. His show there was mostly new indie releases, mixed with classic late ‘70s-early ‘80s music, and he also often did interviews and hosted in-studio sessions. Eventually, his experience there landed him a job at Oregon Public Broadcasting, the NPR affiliate in Portland, where he continued playing the music he wanted others to hear, and interviewing musicians he’d always wanted to meet. When the global recession swept away his job, he resumed his radio work as a podcast.

He’s happy to be working again in radio full-time, and is looking forward to helping CIVL hosts further develop their shows, and express their viewpoints and culture.

Audrey MacDonald is our new Music Director. Audrey is an Abbotsford native, with memories of now-legendary Fun 100 concerts in church basements to prove it. She has volunteered with CIVL in the past, working on our music library, as well as at CiTR. She has studied Anthropology and Art History and is currently studying Library and Information Technology. She has experience working with the archives and collections of artist-run centres in Vancouver, and has done educational outreach at Vancouver Art Gallery.

Audrey is adding new releases to our physical library, rebuilding our digital library, and is maintaining and expanding our relationships with record labels and musicians.

That Wraps Up #CIVLUFVBattle 2015!

April 2, 2015

Well wasn’t that something!!
Brennan Sinclair, Pest Synapse, Alex Rake, and Western Jaguar went head to head for the final on March 27th! All the artists did great, bringing their best to rock U-House down to its foundation! Western Jaguar won first place and took home the big prizes but everyone else got something too.

The final shakedown was:
1. Western Jaguar
2. Brennan Sinclair
3. Pest Synapse
4. Alex Rake

The top three winners all got prize recording packages from SleepingBagStudios as well as the opportunity to play at their very own Envision Financial Concert in the Park night, courtesy of the Abbotsford Arts Council.
Alex Rake will be playing on stage at the Abbotsford Arts Council’s 11th annual Arty Awards!
Western Jaguar also won a photography package from Jayme Anne Photography!
We thank you all for supporting our events and would like to thank The Eurythmic Kings of Nowhere, Beau O’Neil, and Bob and Al LIVE for competing!

Check us out next year for our 4th annual #CIVLUFVBattle!