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.

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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

aaron@civl.ca

or

Marathon Station Coordinators

Staff/Volunteers at Participating Stations

1-888-504-7441 x 6307 (Toll Free Canada-Wide)

www.civl.ca/homelessness

marathon@civl.ca

Festival Season Right Around the Corner

CIVL is excited to bring you several Festivals and Concerts in and around the Fraser Valley!
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With the Mission Folk Music Festival coming up, from July 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.
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The CIVL Pirates at last years Folk Fest


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