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

FVMA Coordinator Hiring Extended to August 4th

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As reported by the Abbotsford News, CIVL has received a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) to produce a music awards show that will recognize dozens of Fraser Valley artists from across genres in August 2016.
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These funds were made available under the CRFC’s Radiometres program, a program that aims to improve local programming, volunteer training and community members’ participation. It’s not the first time we’ve received funding from the CRFC; a total of $115,177 has been awarded to CIVL over the past five years. All of this money has been dedicated towards personnel being funded to work on coordinating volunteers and station resources in order to best develop CIVL’s overall operations and sustainability through programming, promotion, and academic research and engagement. Nearly $10,000 of this grant will be dedicated to the operation and promotion of the FVMA event itself, over and above the hiring of a full time employee to tackle this exciting initiative for the next year.

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The FVMA Coordinator will be directly responsible, under supervision of the station manager, for all aspects of the research, preparation, planning, promotion, coordination, execution, and completion of the Fraser Valley Music Awards, and associated local music compilation.
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FVMA Coordinator Responsibilities:
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Coordinating and working with volunteers and committees (Compilation, Nomination/Adjudication, Events, and Promotions), soliciting feedback and providing opportunities for current and new volunteer feedback and engagement.

Further developing and adhering to timelines and work plans as approved in the grant application
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Soliciting sponsorship and partnerships from external organizations and people who support the Fraser Valley Music Community
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Promote attendance, nominations and any required voting for the FVMA’s

Promote pre-sales/support, nominations, and any required voting for CIVL’s Compilation album
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Coordinate adjudication tenets, participants, rewards and process

Ensure that all necessary licenses and regulations are adhered to regarding the awards production and compilation release

Direct operations on site at Fraser Valley Music Awards in August 2016.

FVMA Coordinator Qualifications:
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Experience working in Non-Profit Organizations
Experience working with volunteers
Experience working as part of a committee
Experience with promotion and/or musical events
Ability to complete long term project goals
Ability to be flexible under stress
Ability to multi-task
Resourcefulness
Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team structure
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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.
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Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Salary: $35,000 Gross with opportunity for commission to be made on sponsorship/sales over a certain threshold.

Terms: Contract runs from August 17th 2015 to August 12 2016

How to Apply: Email JobOpportunity@civl.ca with ‘FVMA Application’ in the subject line
Closing Date: Tue, 2015-08-04 **Extended from 08-01**

#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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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!

CIVL Launches the Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands! Apply before April 22nd!

CIVL Radio is pleased to announce it’s first ever Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands! Bands of all genres, ages, and addresses are welcome to apply to compete in a Fraser Valley free-for-all, judged by a CIVL panel, that can win them great prizes like free recording time, other production services, photo shoots, and gear!

Click Here to Apply Now!

The Battle of the Bands will begin in May, so check out the form below this poster to apply!
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For any added questions or concerns, please contact sophia@civl.ca
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Apply Now! CIVL's Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands

Apply Now! CIVL's Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands

Click Here to Apply!

Prizes:
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First Prize — $500 gift card for music equipment, 3 live video recordings at Tractorgrease, Band Photo Shoot from Jayme Anne, and 6 Songs Mastering
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Second Prize — $300 gift card for music equipment, 100 pins
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Third Prize — $200 gift card for music equipment, 100 pins