Calling All Web Developers!

It’s time for the CIVL Website Re-design!

June 19th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CIVL and CJRU Release Joint Website Redesign RFP

Abbtosford, BC – CIVL-FM is excited to announce a partnership with Ryerson’s CJRU 1280AM based in downtown Toronto that will see both stations redesign web and streaming services.

An RFP is available below that outlines the nature and scope of the project, as well as context relating specifically to the histories of both organizations. The deadline for proposals is July 10th. More details are available below.

“While campus and community radio in Canada has been involved in podcasting as pioneers through the decades,” according to CIVL station manager Aaron Levy, “the incredible growth of podcasts in the past decade requires that our stations develop resources towards new and emerging technologies in order to ensure our continued relevance in the future media landscape.

In particular, Ryerson’s student body has been one of the most historically impactful on the development of campus radio in Canada since the 70’s, and we are thrilled to be partnering with CJRU to move both of our engagement capacities into the 20’s together with this web development project.”


Aaron Levy

Station Manager

CIVL Radio

UFV Campus and Community Radio Society

S-2109-33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC

V2S 7M8 (604)851.6306


CJRU and CIVL are looking to redesign and rebuild their websites. The new sites will include the content that is already on our current sites, but will also include features such as responsive capability, automatic playlist publishing, and automatically as well as manually when desired, podcasting every show broadcast on the station. 


CJRU is Ryerson’s campus and community radio station. We began as an online station in 2013 and started broadcasting on the AM dial in 2016. We are a non-profit organization and our programs and much of the writing and videos shared on our website is made by dedicated and talented volunteers. 


Our current website was developed in 2013. As we’ve established ourselves as a station we see there being specific needs that we’d like to see addressed with a new web presence. 


CIVL is University of the Fraser Valley’s campus and community radio station. We began as an online station in 2008, and started broadcasting on FM in 2010. We are a non-profit organization built on the auspices of volunteer engagement and accessibility.


Our current website was developed in 2007. As we’ve established ourselves as a station we see there being specific needs that we’d like to see addressed with a new web presence. 



What we are currently using:

  • Our current website is built on Newscoop 
  • The schedule is tied to our online programming schedule Airtime. 
  • The website and stream are hosted through Sourcefabric currently
  • We use Shopify for taking listener donations 
  • We use Mailchimp for our newsletters
  • We currently host audio on Soundcloud and publish podcasts through  Spreaker
  • Our hosts log what they’ve played on air through our logging software built on FileMakerPro. 
  • We use Airtable to manage our list of volunteers and sign out equipment

The new development should include the content currently available on our site. We are open to reorganizing this content but the ability to share interviews, videos, reviews, blog posts and charts is vital. 


What we are currently using:

  • Our current website is built on wordpress
  • The schedule is tied to our online programming schedule using a supercali platform 
  • The website and stream are hosted through our in-house FREEBSD based server
  • We use PayPal for taking listener donations 
  • We use both Mailchimp and Gsuite for our newsletters and want to streamline
  • We currently host audio on our website from our in-house database
  • Our podcasts are programmed to log 24 hours per day, but the start and stop times of each hour vary, and we wish to remedy this
  • We use excel and gdrive docs to manage our list of volunteers and sign out equipment
  • Our automated broadcast software is SAM Broadcast by Spacial Audio

The new development should include the content currently available on our site. We are open to reorganizing this content but the ability to share interviews, videos, reviews, blog posts, ongoing projects, initiatives and charts is vital. 


We want to build a site that really takes into consideration the programming that we offer and puts it center stage. We expect that everything is built with web standards and is designed to work on all modern devices. A few functionalities that we are looking for: 


We currently publish a number of our spoken word programs using Spreaker. We also have spoken word archives on Soundcloud. With the new website, we want to make all shows streamable and downloadable and where appropriate, podcastable. Some considerations: 

  • We need some system for DJs to easily mark the beginning and end of their show so that the system builds out an MP3 file that wholly contains only the program the listener is requesting. 
  • If the programmer does not select a start or end time within some sort of buffer zone at these beginning and end points, the system should just revert to the program times. 
  • A quick fade should be applied to the beginning and end of each podcast to smooth out the ends. 
  •  Podcast audio build should have the option to tag on audio to the beginning and/or end of the show.
  • There needs to be an option to not have a particular episode become part of the podcast feed (ie: showfill). 
  • There needs to be an option to still manually upload audio for certain podcast feeds
  • The Program Director needs the ability to take down any episode. 

The Program Guide is the backbone of the station on the air, and it’s deep integration into the new website build will be a key to the success of the new website. This integration would include things such as: 

  • Strong backend and visual frontend 
  • Ability to have shows that are not in the live schedule (ie: podcast-only shows). 
  • Robust recommendation engine to get listeners to explore new programs on the station.  
  • Ability for users to filter and sort programming by genre and other interests
  • Embedded audio player 
  • Easy backend interface
  • Improved mobile version 
  • All urls transferred over to


We want to build a site that really takes into consideration the programming AND community engagement that we offer through both content and festival/event/awards sponsorship and puts it center stage. We expect that everything is built with web standards and is designed to work on all modern devices. A few functionalities that we are looking for: 


Though CIVL currently has different functionality than CJRU from a podcasting standpoint, in addition to the “other functionalities” listed below, CIVL wants a podcast system that achieves all the goals that CJRU has, but that also provides for hourly content to be archived and linked for access automatically without manual logging by programmers or staff.

CIVL sees the functionality of the website’s podcast platform as ideal because programs can be grouped according to genre or lists of genres, and then whittled down to create playlists of only the episodes users want to hear. It is searchable, mobile-compatible across platforms, and allows you to save your profile in order to return to the playlists of programs you’ve selected, which also update in a style similar to RSS. Ideally, programs could also be searched for specific songs, artists or albums played by being cross-referenced with digital logsheets and metadata.

Specifically from the original CJSW website build RFP: 


A number of listeners come to the station because they are a fan of a certain genre of music that we program. We would like to provide listeners with the option to click on a genre stream for jazz or metal and have the system build them out a never-ending stream of that genre’s programs from our podcast archives.


While some folks come for a certain genre of music, many others come for certain personalities or they like many different genres of music. For these folks we would like to have a way on where they can select the programs they love and the system will build them out a personalized stream of their favourite programs back-to-back. The system should also save the users data somehow so that they can jump right back into listening the next time they visit the site. We basically imagine this as a very easy entry way for people to get the

podcast experience without having to know anything about podcasting.


CIVL would like to achieve all of the functionality mentioned by CJRU, as well as ensuring that sponsorship imaging/messaging and host engagement can be integrated into individual program pages as well as the schedule at-large.

  • We would like to implement DJLand or another format of digital logsheets that can be manually edited by volunteers as they host content and connect these to our SAM Broadcaster logs in order to offer real-time online playlists to our website and metadata on song and station info to digital radio displays

  • CIVL wants to offer a portal/page on our website for a network to pages for local bands/venues/groups/etc (a dedicated section of the website for this)

  • CIVL hosts the annual Fraser Valley Music Awards since 2016. We would like a portal for this event on our website. A place where applications, judging and lists of sponsors, prizes, judges, nominees and award winners from current and previous years can be databased and easily accessible, as well as allowing for performers to apply through the website directly, and for people to sign up to judge or sponsor etc.
  • Events Calendar that can notify users that events they’re following are upcoming, and that people are able to submit their own events easily to 
  • Both stations need to be able to offer access to our historic podcast archives through our website, as well as being able to offer a high quality live and archive audio stream that has the capacity to be accessed by up to hundreds of users at a time


These stations have allocated up to $80,000 CAD in total to complete these two website redevelopment projects. 


We would like the websites to be live for the end of September 2020.


Responses to this request for proposals are due by 11:59 PM PST on July 10th. Please send your proposals to .


Proposals submitted should contain a minimum of the following items:

• process plan and timeline for how the project will be completed

• pricing schedule

• a list of key team members and sample work each of them have been principals on in the past

• client references

• your personal connection to radio

Beyond these items, feel free to include anything you think we need to see. If there are items that already live online, feel free to include a link to those things instead of duplicating them in your proposal.

Common Room and CIVL Offer Recording Grant!

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

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

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

2019 FVMA Nominees Announced!

The jurors have finished their tabulations and the nominees have been set for next week’s Fraser Valley Music Awards.

By category they are:

Dale Sawatzky
Dear Father
Fun For Cover
James Buddy Rogers
Kellen Saip

David Ivan Neil
Dear One
The Eddy J Band
Kellen Saip
Lori Paul and Spiderlodge

DJ Elixir
Kristin Witko
Stephen Carl O’Shea
Travis Colt Murray

Alex Rake and the Leaves
David Ivan Neil
Kristin Witko
Stephen Carl O’Shea
Villain Villain

Bre McDaniel
The Crescent Sky
John Welsh and Los Valientes
Kyler Pierce
West My Friend

Hip Hop/Urban
Hooper Turnt Sanger
Jada Klein
Lil Turtle

Natalia Pardalis
Rachel and Ted Music

Erik “The Lightning” Taylor

Ben Cottrill
Jada Klein
Kristin Witko
Kyler Pierce
The Sylvia Platters

Alex Rake and the Leaves
David Ivan Neil
Joanie Loves Chachi

The Cut Losses
Gone Sugar Die
Kyler Pierce
The Sylvia Platters
Western Jaguar

The previously announced Fan Vote finalists are: Blessed, Casinos, Harma White, Kuri, Loans, David Ivan Neil, Kyler Pierce, Kellen Saip, Western Jaguar, and Kristin Witko.

In addition, there will be special bestowed awards presented for outstanding First Nations/Indigenous and LGBTQ works, as well as the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award being presented to Brian Smith of the iconic Canadian band Trooper.

The jurors were comprised of musicians, music industry, and radio professionals from across the country and included Shaun Verreault, leader of the band Wide Mouth Mason; former Bryan Adams and current Odds drummer Pat Steward, and David Stone, keyboardist for Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.

Now in their fourth year, the Fraser Valley Music Awards will take place Thursday, November 21st at Corky’s Pub in Chilliwack. For more information please go to

2019 FVMA Fan Voting On Until 11/17!

November 21st, 2019 FVMA Gala Tickets On Sale Here:

No. of Tickets

While you wait eagerly for the announcement of the 2019 Fraser Valley Music Awards Nominees, you can get in on the action yourself, and help to crown the Dakota Leslie Award Winner for 2019!

While you wait eagerly for the announcement of the 2019 Fraser Valley Music Awards Nominees, you can get in on the action yourself, and help to crown the Dakota Leslie Award Winner for 2019!

While you wait eagerly for the announcement of the 2019 Fraser Valley Music Awards Nominees, you can get in on the action yourself, and help to crown the Dakota Leslie Award Winner for 2019!

The winner of this fan vote will walk away with $750 on November 21st at Corky’s in Chilliwack!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE for your favorite of the ten artists most beloved by other musicians who applied for this years’ Fraser Valley Music Awards! Voting closes Nov. 17th!

The 2019 Dakota Leslie Award Finalists:



Harma White



David Ivan Neil

Kyler Pierce

Kellen Saip

Western Jaguar

Kristin Witko

2019 Fraser Valley Music Awards Now Accepting Submissions!

Submissions are now being accepted for the fourth annual Fraser Valley Music Awards (FVMA)!

The awards will be presented in 15 categories on November 21st at Corky’s in Chilliwack, starting at 8:00 p.m.

The location of this year’s festivities coincides with May’s CRTC decision approving a Chilliwack transmitter for CIVL, the University of the Fraser Valley station. Entries will be accepted until October 24th .

New to this year’s awards are a Fan Vote and a special presentation for Lifetime Achievement.

For the third year in a row, hosting and coordinating duties for the gala fall to Fort Langley native and Chilliwack resident Harry Doupe, award show veteran comedian, producer, and writer.

For sponsorship opportunities, media inquiries, or to get more information about the awards please contact

Apply now at!

CIVL’s Top 30 of 2018!

Here’s our year of charts in review! No surprises here, Shadow Steps takes the number one spot for most plays, followed by Nap Eyes in the second spot. Jo Passed, Freak Heat Waves and Mitski all tied for third.

Looking forward to 2019.

Top 30 of 2018

2 NAP EYES*+ I’m Bad Now (You’ve Changed)
3 JO PASSED*+ Their Prime (Royal Mountain)
4 FREAK HEAT WAVES* Beyond XXXL (Telephone Explosion)
5 MISTKI Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans)
6 BLESSED/TUNIC*+ Blessed Tunic Split (Buzz)
7 LIE*+ Hounds (Mint)
8 BERNICE* Puff: In the Air Without a Shape (Arts & Crafts)
9 JOYFULTALK* Plurality Trip (Constellation)
10 JEREMY DUTCHER* Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Self Release/Fontana North)
11 CHRIS-A-RIFFIC*+ Post-Season (Self Release)
12 THE SUBMISSIVES* Pining for a Boy (Egg Paper Factory)
13 NEKO CASE Hell-On (Anti-)
14 WEAVES* Wide Open (Buzz)
15 DOA*+ Fight Back (Sudden Death)
16 LEAH ABRAMSON*+ Song for a Lost Pod (Self Released)
17 COLIN JAMES* Miles to Go (True North)
18 ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER Rebound (Frenchkiss)
19 TE’AMIR Abyssinia EP (Tru Thoughts)
20 MOUNT EERIE Now Only (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
21 JIM JAMES Uniform Distortion (ATO)
22 ANGEL FORREST* Electric Love (Ad Letteram)
23 GRIMES* We Appreciate Power feat. HANA (Single) (4AD)
24 HOP ALONG Bark Your Head Off, Dog (Saddle Creek)
25 AMEN DUNES Freedom (Sacred Bones)
26 HOLY All These Worlds Are Yours (PNKSLM)
27 SUPERORGANISM Superorganism (Domino)
28 MICHAEL NAU AND THE MIGHTY THREAD Michael Nau and the Mighty Thread (Light in the Attic)
29 TOUGH AGE* Shame (Mint)
30 FRANKIE COSMOS Vessel (Sub Pop)


Dec, 21, 2018


Re: Holidays Come a Week Early for 15 FVMA Winners


Mission, BC – The Fraser Valley Music Awards took place at The Stage on Wednesday evening, and 15 awards were presented, along with a slew of other stocking stuffers for local musicians’ holiday seasons. Below is a rundown of each performance and award presentation, accompanied with photos for access here.


  1. Arty Awards winners The Crescent Sky (Chilliwack) opened the night

  2. First Reign (Abbotsford) won in the Metal Category

  3. The Springmans (Aldergrove) were awarded in the For and By Youth Category

  4. Kellen Saip dedicated his performance to late friend Courage, who won the first Pop FVMA with John Welsh

  5. Alexis Lynn (Surrey) was awarded the award for Excellence by an Indigenous/First Nation Artist

  6. Kellen Saip (Chilliwack) accepted the Country award; 15 hours later his daughter, Finley Lyric is born.

  7. Abbotsford’s TESSA performs a cover of Kristen Hall’s Let It Rain, popularized by Amanda Marshall

  8. The Inclusivity Award for Excellence by a Queer identifying artist is awarded, with the winner providing the following statement: We feel humbled and honoured to receive this award but we’re also sad and frustrated that we can’t receive it publically because of the way our personal lives could be affected at this point in time. It’s painful to deny our queer identities as musicians. We hope that, soon, LGBTQIA2S+ people of every circumstance can be themselves without fear.

  9. dj elixir (Mission) accepts the award for Electronic artist

  10. Professional music video productions are awarded to Loans, The Crescent Sky, and Quintessential Jazz Band. The next installment of CIVL’s Battle of the Bands and Dakota Leslie Live Performer of the Year Award is announced for the new year.

  11. Sydney Beau (Abbtosford) accepts the Excellence by a Female Artist, a close runner up in the Pop category

  12. Saint Soldier and Rozsa (Cultus) perform their new song, Dark Shades – they have also been awarded a split vinyl release along with The Kwerks (Langley). They will be provided with the Digital Marketing prize together to promote this release.

  13. Loans (Abbotsford/Mission) accept the Punk award

  14. Sasquatch Mind Control is awarded in the Hip Hop category

  15. Last year’s Folk category winner (for Future Father Figures) Tristan Smith performs (Maple Ridge)

  16. Quintessential Jazz Band (Langley) accepts the Jazz award

  17. Shaun Verreault of Wide Mouth Mason gives a performance and keynote address focused on challenging ourselves as musicians and music lovers, and striving to be “like your heros, not your peers.”

  18. Blessed (Abbotsford/Mission/Chilliwack) accept the Experimental category award

  19. Sydney Beau performs a spellbinding original song

  20. Kristin Witko (Abbotsford) accepts the Pop category award

  21. Fun For Cover (Abbotsford) performs, calling it their “best gig yet.”

  22. Jenny Banai (Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford) wins the Folk category and is awarded a run of 200 Vinyl

  23. Dear Father (Langley/Chilliwack) performs

  24. James Buddy Rogers (Maple Ridge) is awarded in the Blues category

  25. Warm Amps (Abbotsford/Mission) is awarded in the Rock category

  26. Loans plays two songs to end the night