Your 2016 FVMA Winners!

Fraser Valley Music Awards: Winners

A few hundred people turned out to the Abbotsford Arts Centre Saturday evening for the inaugural Fraser Valley Music Awards. In addition to a dozen award presentations, the historical regional event featured live performances from thirteen Nominees: The Kwerks, Matt Lowen & Rick Genge, The Sylvia Platters, Paravel, Mollys Reech, Ria Jade, Alexis Lynn, Quinn Sojonky, James Buddy Rogers, Saint Soldier, Kin, and Harpdog Brown.

“CIVL listeners, FVMA attendees, nominees, winners, and volunteers have all been thanking us, saying we are leading the way in promoting and supporting Fraser Valley music,” explains CIVL Radio station manager Aaron Levy (who also hosted the show, along with Seth Bell). “And that’s our only goal!”

2016 FVMA Winners:

Hip Hop: Saint Soldier

Folk/Roots: Brennan Sinclair

Loud: We Hunt Buffalo

Alt: Doja

Rock: Little Wild

For and By Youth: Quinn Sojonky

Jazz: Eli Bennett

Blues: Harpdog Brown

Pop: John Welsh

Rhythm & Dance: YOU SAY PARTY

Experimental: Cheap High

Musicianship: Rick Genge

  • Penticton Peach Fest headlining spot Aug.7: Kat & Tony
  • Abbotsford Agrifair Headlining Spots July 29-31: Ria Jade, Alexis Lynn, Coalmont
  • What’s On Artist of the Year: The Burn Ins
  • Moda Events Art Battle Headlining Spot Oct.20: Kin
  • Devon Clifford Music Foundation awarded $250 of Long & McQuade recording equipment to: Quinn Sojonky
  • Fraser Valley Blues Society supplemented the Blues award with a bye to the International Blues Challenge Finale being held Sunday, Sept. 11th, with the winner going on to Memphis, TN in Jan. 2017: Harpdog Brown
  • Headlining spot at UFV Cascades Basketball 2016-2017 Opening Weekend Nov.4th ($600 honorarium): Saint Soldier
  • All Nominees received a photo session package ($370 value each) from Photo Art by Simpson
  • Long & McQuade awarded $50 gift cards to multiple Winners: Harpdog Brown, Saint Soldier, Rick Genge, Cheap High, YOU SAY PARTY, John Welsh, Quinn Sojonky, Little Wild, Brennan Sinclair, We Hunt Buffalo.
  • Glen Slingerland of 89.5 The Drive is awarding a “Getting Radio Airplay” workshop to one FVMA Winner: Casinos and The Kwerks
  • Dakota Leslie Memorial Live Act / #CIVLFVMABattle ($750 Cash Prize): Mollys Reech
  • Jam in Jubilee Headlining Spot Aug.4: Saint Soldier



Fraser Valley Music Awards: July 16

Celebrate your local arts & culture! Tickets are Now On Sale for the first-ever FVMAs! Join us for a celebration of our very own music community (Think “Regional Junos” or “Regional Grammys” for the Fraser Valley) at the Abbotsford Arts Centre Saturday July 16, 2016. Tickets are now available via the FVMA page of this site, or at the following ticket outlets:

  • Abbotsford Long & McQuade
  • Chilliwack Long & McQuade
  • Old Abbey Ales, Abbotsford

The doors to the Abbotsford Arts Centre open at 6:00pm on July 16th. The show starts at 7:00pm sharp, and it runs until 10:00pm. Tickets are available both in advance and at the door the night of the event. See you there for this exciting community celebration!

Details on the poster below. Further details on the FVMA page of this site and on the CIVL Radio Facebook Page! And here is the Facebook event: FVMA Facebook Event


CIVL Now Hiring Canada Summer Job for NCRC 2017 Sponsorship!

CIVL-FM at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC will host the 2017 National Campus and Community Radio Conference, and welcome over 100 volunteers and staff from C/C Radio all over Canada to the Fraser Valley for a week of workshops, lectures, info sessions, caucuses, awards, social events, and the NCRA’s Annual General Meeting.

The Conference Sponsorship Coordinator will be responsible for joining CIVL’s staff and board delegates at the 2016 Conference in Ottawa (travel/registration/accommodations costs borne by CIVL), observe and participate in this year’s conference, and design methods of exploring as many different sponsorship opportunities as possible to bolster the financial resources that CIVL has to host this conference.


- Excellent Organizational Skills
- Excellent Communication Skills
- Demonstrated ability to Multi-Task
- Creativity and a demonstrated ability to problem solve
- Demonstrated ability to work on self directed tasks
- Experience in sales/marketing/advertising an asset
- Graphic Design skills an asset
- Demonstrated ability to complete long term projects
- Project Management experience an asset
- Ability to set reasonable goals and monitor achievement incrementally

**This is a Canada Summer Jobs Position, and must be filled by an applicant returning in the Fall semester to a full time education program**

30 hours/week for 9 week position
How to Apply:
Email resume and cover letter specific to this opportunity to with the subject header ‘CSJ Hiring’
Closing Date:
Thu, 2016-05-23

**This is a Canada Summer Jobs Position, and must be filled by an applicant between the ages of 18 and 30, returning in the Fall semester to a full time education program**

CIVL encourages applications from under-represented communities, including women, first nations peoples, people of colour, lesbian/gay/queer/transgender, people with physical and mental disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people whose age, education, or economic status may be a barrier to employment. CIVL does not discriminate on the basis of race, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, or class. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

New Digital Adds!

Lots of new digital albums added in the past couple weeks.

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)
The highly anticipated follow up to their 2011 King of Limbs release.

John Carpenter – Lost Themes II (Sacred Bones)
Director/Composer John Carpenter. Follow up to Lost Themes, Carpenter offers up another beautifully haunting album.

Slow Steve – Adventures (Morr Music)

Rémi Letournelle (aka Slow Steve) releases his debut full-length for Morr Music. Psych-Art Pop? Is that a thing? RIYL: Ariel Pink, Air, Homeshake.

All recent digital adds:
Andrew Bird – Are you Serious (Loma Vista)
Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye (Mute Records)
Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness (Temporary Residence Limited)
Laura Gibson – Empire Builder (Barsuk / City Slang)
The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)
Adam Green – Aladdin (Totally Gross National Product)
Kye Plant – Sober and Alone EP (Self Release)
Cate Le Bon – Crab Day (Drag City)
Pierre Kwenders – Popolipo (Bonsound)
Slow Steve – Adventure (Morr Music)
John Carpenter – Lost Themes II (Sacred Bones)
Alex Napping – Trembling (Punctum Records)
Late Spring – Invisible (Self Release)
My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves (Re-release ATO Records)
The History of Gunpowder – Stained Glass, Rye & Wax (Self Release)
And the Kids – Friends Share Lovers (Signature Sounds)
Death Grips – Bottomless Pit (Harvest)

New Digital Adds

New digital adds from the past two weeks:

You Say Party – You Say Party (Paper Bag)
What more need I say?

Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing (Bayonet)
The second studio album from the prolific Greta Kline. Sweet pop songs under three minutes.

Terra – Couldn’t Save This EP (Self Release)
Post-punk from Medicine Hat!

Thao and the Get Down – A Man Alive (Ribbon)
Sequoyah Tiger – TaTaTaTime (Morr)
The Thermals – We Disappear (Saddle Creek)
Tacocat - Lost Time (Hardly Art)
Gobby – No Mercy Bad Poet (DFA)
Moderat – III (Mute)
Phern – Excavator (Self Release)
Jeremy Gara – Limn – NRCSS Industry

New Digital Adds!

New digital adds from the last two weeks:

Holy Wave – Freaks of Nurture (The Reverberation Appreciation Society)
Austin Psych Rock – RIYL: Thee Oh Sees, Quilt, DIIV, Night Beats

Michelle Blades – Polylust (37 Adventures)
Michelle Blades is a Mexican-Panamanian Miami raised multi-instrumentalist currently residing in France. Experimenting with genres throughout the years ranging from orchestral folk, noisy fun punk, bedroom experimental synth-pop and garage psych.RIYL: Cocorosie, Alice Boman, Stealing Sheep

Essaie Pas – Demain est un autre nuit (dfa)
Husband-and-wife duo Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau from Montreal.

RIYL: Cabaret Voltaire, Brigitte Fontaine, Dirty Beaches, Chris & Cosey, Angelo Badalamenti

J Churcher – Yesterday (37 Adventures)
Lionlimb – Shoo – (Bayonet)
Ex-Terrestrial- Paraworld (1080p)
Seth Bogart – Seth Bogart (Burger Records)
Trampoline – Sometimes a Song is Just a Cigar (Self Release)
Molly Nilsson – Zenith (Night School Records)
Guerilla Toss – Eraser Stargazer (dfa)
Krrum – Evil Twin (37 Adventures)
Visitors – Poets End (Telephone Explosion)
Prince Ramma – Xtreme Now (Carpark)
B Boys – No Worry No Mind EP (Captured Tracks)

CIVL Radio Annual General Meeting March 14th and 21st!

Join CIVL at our Annual General Meeting
1st attempt:
Monday, March 14th at 6 pm in room B121
2nd attempt:
Monday, March 21st at 6 pm in room B121
AGM Agenda:

i. Call to order

ii. Adopt Agenda

iii. Accept Minutes

iv. President’s Report

v. Treasurer’s Report

  1. Accept 2014/15 Audit

  2. Approve Auditor 2015/16 Auditor

  3. Accept 2016/17 Budget

vi. BoD Elections

` vii By-law amendment: Motion to adopt new BC Societies Act changes to CIVL By-laws.

viii. Adjournment

Questions?! RSVPs?! BoD Nominations?! Contact !

Nicholas Krgovich In-Studio Session

Nicholas Krgovich has been an active Vancouver musician since the late ’90s, starting with his band P:ano, then later No Kids, and Gigi, before beginning his solo career around 2012. He spoke about and played songs from his trilogy of Los Angeles-inspired albums, including his latest, The Hills.


Want more? You can also check out our sessions with Twin Bandit and Teen Daze.

Nicholas Krgovich photo






CIVL Hosts the 14th Annual Homelessness Marathon

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

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)