FVMA Deadline Extended, Prelim. Categories Announced

The Fraser Valley Music Awards October 31st application deadline is being extended until November 4th at 11:59 pm PST.

Preliminary categories that will be recognized, in addition to the $750 Dakota Leslie Memorial Live Performance of the Year, which will be awarded to one Battle of the Bands participant, which can come from any genre, are as follows in order of volume of applicants to date: Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues, Electronic, Experimental, Hip Hop, Metal, Punk and World. CIVL will also take the opportunity to recognize excellence from the Queer, First Nations, Youth, and female identifying community members throughout the Fraser Valley. We’ve also been asking artists to self identify their own genres or categories, and 31 unique different classifications have been identified thus far of the 90+ musicians represented by acts that have applied.

Important Upcoming Dates (All events are FREE to the public):

FVMA Application Deadline

Saturday, November 4th at 11:59 pm PST via www.civl.ca/fvma

All FVMA applications must be submitted by this point to be adjudication by jurors

FVMA Nomination Announcement:

Tuesday, November 14th at Townhall Public House in Abbotsford – 5:30 – 8 pm

Hosted by Harry Doupe, a veteran comedian and writer, who’s work has included writing for the Olympics, Junos, Geminis, Just for Laughs, and so much more. Harry will help us announce the nominees in each category.

FVMA Battle of the Bands Final:

Friday, November 24th at The Stage in Mission – 7 pm

Bands that have competed in the preliminary Battle dates throughout November will face off for one last chance to appear on stage at FVMA’s to win $750 and more!

Fraser Valley Music Awards at Abbyfest!

Saturday, November 25th at the Abbotsford Centre – 10 am – 4 pm

For more information about CIVL’s Fraser Valley Music Awards, please visit www.civl.ca/fvma or contact CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy via info@civl.ca

CIVL Sweeps National Community Radio Awards


In addition to HOSTING the National Community Radio Awards in Abbotsford this year, CIVL also took home no less than 4 (FOUR) awards for programming — more than any other station in the country for this year!

Check out our winning content here:

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New Programming — Quin MacIntosh’s CIVL Community News UpdatesBest-in-News-1-ilovepdf-compressed-2

Sports Talk Show — Touchline with Tobi Jonathan and Raymond Kobes


Live Sports Broadcast — WBB: UFV Cascades vs TRU Wolfpack


CIVL Hiring Students… Again!

If you haven’t already heard, CIVL is hosting the 2016 National Campus and Community Radio Conference from June 7-11th!

For details on the conference itself, visit the NCRC36 Page of this site!

We are also glad to be hiring a few Canada Summer Job positions in the next few months, with the first two positions, a Live Sound Production and a Conference Coordinator, both posted on the NCRA Job Board here.

Are you a UFV student who can’t commit to full time work, but wants to look into paid work opportunities with CIVL this summer? Visit the UFV Career Centre’s Jobs page, and find out about CIVL Work Study opportunities! Login there at www.ufv.ca/jobs

CRFC Funds CIVL to Pay You to Learn to Produce Radio!


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CIVL 101.7 FM at UFV in Abbotsford invites you to participate in the next project funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada. The CRFC’s $50,000 grant is aimed at providing accessible training and sustainable engagement to Fraser Valley community members interested in participating in media. Two workshop presenters kick off this initiative.

Hired to coordinate this project is Gordon Katic of Cited, a syndicated program based out of CiTR 101.9 FM at UBC. Gordon will be at CIVL Monday, January 30th starting at 10 am to discuss any questions participants have about this project. Reach him via mini-school@civl.ca

For more information on CIVL’s work through the CRFC’s invaluable support, visit the last tab in our menu above.

What? Radio Mini School: Become a student of the radio mini school, and you’ll attend a half-day workshop with leading producers, receive hands on mentorship in developing your own radio piece, and then hear that piece play live on CIVL 101.7 FM.

How much does this amazing program cost? Nothing! We pay you between $250-500.

When? The first half-day workshop is Saturday, Feb 4th. 11:00AM – 2:00PM (lunch provided)

Where? UFV Abbotsford Building A, Room 229, 33844 King Road


How do I report for the radio? Presented by Angela Sterritt of the CBC. Sterritt will cover the essentials of what makes a radio story, how to report it, and how to report it ethically.

How do I produce for the radio? Award-winning documentary producer, Garth Mullins. Mullins will cover production essentials, like narrative structure, music, and ‘good tape.’

Angela Sterritt is an award-winning journalist, artist and writer, from the Gitxsan Nation. Sterritt has worked as a journalist for close to twenty years and has been with the CBC since 2003. She currently works as a TV, radio and online reporter with CBC Vancouver and CBC Indigenous.

Garth Mullins is a broadcaster, writer, activist and musician. Mullins has produced award-winning radio documentaries for programs like CBC Ideas. He has written for numerous publications, including Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight, Vice.

How do I apply?

Email mini-school@civl.ca outlining your interest, any experience or questions you have, or topics you’d be interested in covering. Please RSVP before Thursday, February 2nd.

CIVL Feature Review

CIVL Volunteer extraordinaire Becca Lee reviews Kara Golemba’s Every Little Light:


Tell us about a specific song that stands out on this record, and why it is worth noting: ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ stands out because it’s a cover. They make it their own, so if you listen to it, it sounds like they could have written it. It’s also worth noting because they have a video of the song showing all five members of the band playing the same guitar – that makes the song sound amazing.

Tell us how the record progresses from one song to the next: Once you listen to their first song, it sounds amazing and makes you listen to the next song, and it keeps going into that same pattern, thats how the album progresses from one song to the next

Tell us why you dislike certain songs or parts of the record more than others: I like the song Summer Vibes. It’s better than the other summer songs because it has a good beat to dance to, and the sound is upbeat and has its own unique way that the other songs don’t have.

Tell us who you think would like this band, record, or any of these songs: Anyone who likes up beat, workout music, and party music would like this band.

Get in touch with us at music@civl.ca to submit your own review!

101.7’s Top 102 of 2016!

Every week, CIVL compiles a list of the most spun releases at the station, submitting them to www.earshot-online.com , and these charts combine with those from other campus/community stations in Canada to provide you with a weekly national top 50.

Today, CIVL is pleased to present to you our own TOP 102 Artists played on CIVL in 2016!

Calculations are based on weekly appearances on CIVL charts, with artists getting a score of 30 for every appearance at #1, a 1 for every appearance at #30, and equivalent scaled points for each ranking in between. Placements on this list are relative to artists’ appearance on the charts, but not with respects to a particular release.


& FVMA Nominee

^ FVMA Winner

% BC Artist

# CIVLBattle competitor – ##Finalist

1. Blessed &%

2. Jordan Klassen %
3. Basia Bulat *
4. Cheap High ^%
5. You Say Party ^%
6. Anvil *
7. Dodgers %
8. Atodaso &%
9. Parquet Courts
10. Loans %
11. Foreign Diplomats *
12. Preoccupations *
13. Library Voices *
14. Mogwai
15. Tegan and Sara %
16. Tricky
17. The Tragically Hip *
18. Black Mountain %
19. David Bowie
20. Plants and Animals *
21. Majid Jordan *
22. John Cale
23. Saint Soldier ^%
24. Adrian Teacher and the Subs %
25. Andy Shauf *
26. Villain Villain &%
27. Radiohead
28. Iggy Pop
29. Teen Daze %
30. Angel Olsen
31. Like Bears %#
32. Oh Village %
33. Wolfmother
34. Laura Sauvage *
35. Douse %
36. Explosions in the Sky
37. Alex Rake and the Leaves %##
38. Tokyo Police Club *
39. Wishkicker %
40. Deerhunter
41. A Tribe Called Red *
42. We Are The City %
43. Badbadnotgood *
44. Lowell *
45. Sylvia Platters %&##
46. Brendan Canning *
47. Suede
48. Local Natives
49. Brasstronaut %
50. No Sinner %
51. Santigold
52. Modern Space *
53. L.T.Leif *
54. Eleanore %
55. Twin River %
56. Half Moon Run *
57. DIIV
58. Chastity *
59. Holy Fuck *
60. Comfort %
61. White Lung %
62. Wolf Parade %
63. Neon Indian
64. Aleem Khan
65. Elephant Stone *
66. Weird Lines *
67. Gregory Pepper and His Problems *
68. Rae Spoon *
69. Mugg Shot & RZ %
70. Grimes *
71. Pack A.D. %
72. Roosevelt
73. Milk %
74. Phantogram
75. Charles Bradley
76. El Vy
77. Leonard Cohen *
78. Ra Ra Riot
79. Tanya Tagaq *
80. The 1975
81. Glass Animals
82. Breakbot
83. Dumb %
84. James Buddy Rogers %&
85. Rococode %
86. Dressy Bessy
87. Amon Amarth
88. Kurt Vile
89. Damian Jurado
90. The Dears *
91. The Zolas %
92. Nylithia %
93. Fond of Tigers %
94. Bear Mountain %
95. Gal Gracen %
96. Nothing
97. Doja %^#
98. Striker *
99. Sex With Strangers %
100. Suuns *
101. July Talk *
102. Crystal Castles *

CIVL Now Hiring!

CIVL has been awarded $50,000 by the Community Radio Fund of Canada to complete the Creative Dialogue Project.

Ending in June 2017, this project will pay volunteers to engage in content production, interview collection, and story telling workshops, as well as to take part in a promotional speaker series, where programming developed by volunteers will be presented to the public ahead of broadcast on 101.7 FM.

The Creative Dialogue Project Manager will manage this project.

The successful applicant will, under direction of CIVL’s station manager, and according to the approved grant proposal:

Coordinate curation and contracting of workshop presenters
Coordinate recruitment and payment of volunteers and interview subjects
Coordinate curation and contracting of speaker series guests
Coordinate promotion of all project related activities
Coordinate purchase of recording equipment as approved by the grant
Cooperate in creating group work/lesson plans
Be responsible for scheduling and booking all workshops and presentations
Assist in the scheduling of volunteer production and supplementary training time with full time CIVL staff
Coordinate all group events, workshops and promotional opportunities on site


Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience mentoring, teaching, or training others
Familiarity with social media
Demonstrated project management skills
Appreciation and understanding of story telling mechanics
Ability to work effectively in groups
Comfortable working within tight timelines
Capable of being flexible, managing a diverse range of objectives, personalities and tasks
Experience working around issues of cultural diversity anti-oppression is an asset
Experience in media an asset
Experience in non-profit work an asset
Graphic design skills are an asset

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.


$7,500 contract

Approx 10 hr/wk Project ends May 30th 2017
How to Apply: 
Email jobopportunity@civl.ca with a resume and cover letter tailored to this position.
Closing Date: 
Fri, 2016-12-23

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 JobOpportunity@civl.ca 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.