That Wraps Up #CIVLUFVBattle 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.
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The final shakedown was:
1. Western Jaguar
2. Brennan Sinclair
3. Pest Synapse
4. Alex Rake
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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!
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Check us out next year for our 4th annual #CIVLUFVBattle!

First #CIVLUFVBattle – March 13

Are you guys excited yet!!?
Pest Synapse, Bob and Al LIVE, Beau O’Neil, and Brennan Sinclair are going to be taking to the stage tonight for the kick-off of our #CIVLUFVBattle!
Doors open at 5 and bands start at 5:30! Next week will have even more bands and then the finalists’ battle is on March 27th so put those dates in your calendar and come check us out for three weeks straight!
Thank you again to our sponsors: Jayme Anne Photography, SleepingBagStudios, and the Abbotsford Arts Council!air max 90 on salenew balance 996air max nike

#CIVLUFVBattle 2015 Update

Our first battle is just a week away and we are extending the application deadline! Even if you think your songs need some work, you’re a jam band, or an “experimental project”, sign up and you might just encounter similar artists that can help you develop your sound!
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Apply to Battle!
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Check out our old post for more details!
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We are also looking for judges so if you have some experience in the music industry or know anyone else who may be interested, apply now and get involved with the Fraser Valley music scene. Amplify your community!

Judging Applications
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Sponsorship opportunities available, contact battle@civl.ca for more details!

#CIVLSSBattle Gets Cooking with The Heat and AAC!

CIVL is excited to give you a preliminary announcement that applications are now being accepted from Singer Songwriters in the Fraser Valley for our second annual Battle of the Bands, the #CIVLSSBattle!
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Singer-Songwriters can click here to apply for a chance to play live at the Abbotsford Heat game on April 11th, and compete to be crowned the #CIVLSSBattle winner, as the Fraser Valley’s best singer-songwriter of 2014!

The winner will have a special performance at the Abbotsford Arts Council‘s Arty Awards on April 12th, as well as joining the other finalists at their own Envision Concert Series night at Mill Lake!
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So click here and apply now!
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Check out how excited we were to promote LAST year’s #CIVLBattle below!
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Who Won the #CIVLBattle?!


Were they from Abbotsford, Mission, or Langley!?
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Did they play Thrash, Metal-core, or their own brand of indie rock?
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All aforementioned genres and locales were represented at the tenth and final night of CIVL’s Battle of the Valley, where three bands were all guaranteed at least $200 in Long and McQuade gift cards, and a chance to get their own Music Videos from Tractorgrease Multimedia, Mastering from Five Acres Studio, and a band photo shoot from Jayme Anne Photography.
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The odds were hard to call. Of five judges, there was one three way tie, and each band won over at least one judge.

Third Place:
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Abbotsford Thrash-phenoms Merciful Angel

Abbotsford Thrash-phenoms Merciful Angel


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Second Place:

Mission Metal-Core Maniacs The Nacaals

Mission Metal-Core Maniacs The Nacaals


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The Champions:

Langley's Derrival, who will play the Squamish Music Festival in August!

Langley's Derrival, who will play the Squamish Music Festival in August!


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#CIVLBattle Week 9! One Last Chance!

This is it.
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The final chance to see who will represent the Fraser Valley’s best and brightest musical groups in CIVL’s ten week Battle of the Bands extravaganza!
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After The Nacaals rocked Losses and Wild Card MG Graveyard out of the playoffs this past Saturday, it’s up to Chilliwack’s Empty After, Langley’s Derrival, and Abbotsford Wild Card Yes Men Jr. to decide the final band to make it into our deciding round and qualify for no less than $200 in gear!
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Round 2 Begins


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Round 2 kicked off this past Saturday with a full house and performances from Poppy & the Pistols, Casinos, and Merciful Angles. We also upped the anti by adding a few more judges. At the end of the night, Merciful Angles come out on top and will be going on to the finals July 13.retro air jordan shoesnike free 3 0

CIVL FUNDRAISING DRIVE COMING UP!!!

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Our first Fundraising Drive is on the horizon. It’s going to be awesome. Events include the final Battle of the Bands, a Punjabi Poetry Reading. Drive-In Theater featuring Vancouver skateboarding documentary Hicks on Sticks, and Friday July 19th will be a fundraising gala show at The Reach gallery with You Say Party‘s first local performance in years, along with emerging singer songwriter Casey Ambrose. The rest of the line-up is to be released. Check in for the rest of the line-up to be released and ticket information.air jordan vnike jordan air retro

CIVL Battle Round 1 Week 2

You know the drill – This Saturday (May 18) Aftermath, UFV. Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm. $5 Cover.
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Come out and support your favorite band – who will it be?
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Lonely Cave Kings Often compared to artists such as The Gaslight Anthem, The National, Kurt Vile, and Franz Ferdinand, Lonely Cave Kings are fast up-and-comers with a passion for creativity and a penchant for composing memorable music that will keep your toes tapping while reminding you what nostalgia feels like.
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Casinos Casinos are Alex Vevers, Kier-Christer Junos, Zachary Keely, and Mitchell Trainor. A four-piece originally spawned from the hormone-soup that is high school, the members of Casinos know each other very dearly; their beloved project has gained a meaning beyond simply playing shows. This, is where life refreshes itself.
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Old Mare Old Mare released Their EP,”YOU DESERVE MORE” in January of 2012. The project sat in the top 10 charts on CIVL for a number of weeks. Old Mare’s sound has expanded since the release and they look forward to sharing it with all their friends at the Battle of the Bands.
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Merciful Angel & #CIVLBattle – Week 1 Down, 9 To Go

Congratulations to the winner of Week 1 of CIVL’s first ever Battle of the Bands!

Week 1 Winners Merciful Angel!


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Merciful Angel will be facing off against two other playoff qualifiers at the end of June at UFV Abbotsford’s Aftermath. Which other two bands will fit this bill?
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Stay tuned to find out!


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This past weekend, local Abbotsford high school phenoms Yes Men Jr. shocked and awed the audience with their masked performance of psychedelic kraut-drone, disappointing the scenester faithful by finishing third behind runners up 7th Avenue, whose homegrown brand of good ol’ rock’n'roll coasted them into an easy 2nd place, just behind Week 1 champions, Abbotsford’s own Merciful Angel.
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Mission's 7th Avenue!


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Remember, every band still has a chance to make it into the playoff round through online fan voting, and we’ll let you know how that works as soon as you check back enough times!
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So stay tuned and get ready to be the difference maker in this competition!