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!

#CIVLSSBattle 2014 Winner is John Welsh!!!

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Congratulations to John Welsh who took home the title of the 2014 #CIVLSSBattle Champion! On April 11, during the second intermission of the Abbotsford Heat Game, John performed his easy-to-sing-along-to Newfie Song, which would be his winning performance! Through a poll on CiVL’s Facebook page, fans crowned John their favourite. As part of his prize package, John also performed at the Abbotsford Arts Council’s Arty Awards the very next evening.
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The #CIVLSSBattle champion is keeping busy, as he will also perform at the Envision Financial Concert in the Park with the two other finalists, Franklyn Currie and Tristan Smith on July 19.
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Congratulations to all of this year’s #CIVLSSBattle competitors: Todd Brown, Matt McAllister, Tristan Smith, My Goal is Telepathy (Andrew Muller), Corey Primus, Patrick Jolicouer, John Welsh, Alex Rake and Franklyn Currie.
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Special thanks to the #CIVLSSBattle sponsors: Abbotsford Heat, Abbotsford Arts Council, Tractorgrease Multimedia and Jayme Anne Photography.

#CIVLSSBattle Congratulates 2 more Finalists!

Congratulations to John Welsh and Alex Rake for advancing to the playoff round of the #CIVLSSBattle!
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Two more battles were held at Aftermath on Monday, March 17 and 31 and two talented singer-songwriters were named winners of their heats, making them finalists in the playoff battle to be held Monday, April 7.
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The second battle welcomed Andrew Muller of My Goal is Telepathy, Corey Primus, Patrick Jolicouer and John Welsh, representing a wide range of styles. From Andrew’s one-man band featuring vocals layered over guitar and beats, to John’s original songs inspired by his travels to New Zealand, Mexico and Newfoundland, the crowd at the Aftermath was entertained and encouraged to sing along.
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patrick jolicouer at march 24 #CIVLSSBattle
Patrick Jolicouer performs at #CIVLSSBattle March 17
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The third and final regular round battle featured a two-man race between Alex Rake and Franklyn Currie, resulting in the closest battle in CiVL’s Battle of the Bands (short) history. Only one point separated the two singer-songwriter’s final scores, but the two performers gave two very different shows. Alex switched between guitar and mandolin, while Franklyn drew on his 15-year experience of writing songs to convey his life growing up in Abbotsford.
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Alex Rake took this heat, saying of his performance, “It was casual, but serious”.

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Franklyn Currie battles March 31
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Facebook voting is now open to fans of those who did not win their heats to advance to the playoff round, including Todd Brown, Matt McAllister, Andrew Muller, Corey Primus, Patrick Jolicouer and Franklyn Currie.
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Go to CIVL’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/civl.radio to vote now!!!

The playoff round will take place at Aftermath on Monday, April 7 at 2:00. The three wildcard finalists will be announced after polls close on Friday, April 4, and will join Tristan Smith, John Welsh, and Alex Rake.

#CIVLSSBattle ANNOUNCES FIRST FINALIST

CIVL Radio 101.7 FM’s 2nd annual Battle of the Bands, #CIVLSSBattle debuted on Monday, March 17. CIVL congratulates Tristan Smith, winner of the first battle!
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Three solo performers played for fans at Aftermath at UFV for an afternoon of competition and original live music. Todd Brown began the battle with his collection of songs about Canada, and started his set with the tender Yellowhead Highway. “Please head back to Calgary,” he pleads in his melodic tune with his guitar.
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#CIVLSSBattle’s first performer, Todd Brown takes the stage
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Banjo and guitar-playing and Matt McAllister was up next, introducing his set with, “This is about flowers and nice things.” Switching instruments halfway through the set, he ended with Weird Ideas. Tristan Smith was the last to battle and entertained audiences in between songs with stories of his first crush.

A big thank you and a job well done to the other battlers! Those who were not chosen in this regular battle round still have the chance to move into the playoff round on Monday, April 7 through wildcard voting on Facebook. Fans, if you haven’t done so already, please like CIVL’s Facebook page for the opportunity to vote for your favourite artist!

The next battle takes place again at Aftermath at UFV, on Monday, March 24. Four more singer-songwriters will compete, including Corey Primus, Patrick Jolicouer, John Welsh and a competitor from last year’s battles, Andrew Muller of My Goal is Telepathy.

Hope to see you at the next battle at 2:00 at Aftermath, March 24!

#CIVLSSBattle ready to go!

Thank you to all the awesome submissions we received for CIVL’s Singer-Songwriter Competition!
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Congratulations to the talented singer-songwriters who were selected! They are set to take the stage and battle it out for fans at Aftermath at UFV on Monday, March 17, 24 and 31! One more playoff round battle will take place on Monday, April 7 with the 3 finalists competing one more time at the Abbotsford Heat game on Friday, April 11.
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On Monday, March 17, we’re excited to bring to you: Todd Brown, Matt McAllister, and Tristan Smith.
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Battle starts at 2:00! Hope to see you there!
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Thanks to our sponsors: Abbotsford Heat, Abbotsford Arts Council, Tractorgrease Multimedia, and Jayme Anne Photography.

Amplify Your Community Topping Out Over 12k!

CIVL Radio is pleased to report that though pledges are still coming in, and the count goes on, after a $700 + silent auction, a sold out Gala event at The Reach Gallery and Museum with You Say Party, Oh No! Yoko, Little Wild, The New Atlas, Casey Ambrose and The Parish of Little Clifton, as well as our #CIVLBattle, Punjabi Poetry Reading at the Khalsa Diwan Society, and the very first CIVL Drive-In Movie heard live on 101.7 FM, we’ve demolished our stretch goal of $10,000, and as of today have cruised over the $12,000 mark in funds raised to Amplify Your Community!
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Stay tuned to hear what’s next on the docket for CIVL 101.7 FM and our plans to move on from here in Amplifying Your Community and rocking the new school year!
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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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#CIVLBattle Week 3! Tie goes to…

Hrdwtr open with a stellar set!

 
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The first set of curve-balls thrown at this year’s #CIVLBattle reared their awkward head in week 3 of round 1, which saw Aldergrove’s Hrdwtr, Abbotsford’s Poppy and the Pistols, and Mission’s The Nacaals, who replaced Surrey’s Kara Kata Afrobeat Group last minute due to a scheduling conflict.
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The set-up made for excitement enough, with a surprise entry from the highest rated submission not originally included in the initial 18 band competition, as was pared down from the whopping 47 submissions CIVL received from bands across the Fraser Valley.
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But as Randy Bauchmann famously said, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
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Though Hrdwtr performed admirably in their opening slot with no shortage of catchy and well orchestrated tunes, it was The Nacaals and Poppy and the Pistols who finished off the night with, of all things, a tie for first place!
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One of two week 3 winners!

Poppy and the Pistols; One of two week 3 winners!


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Both bands will now advance to the playoff round, and all bets are off for what happens in the next three weeks of preliminary competition!

Surprise last minute additions, The Nacaals make out with a week 4 tie to move on!


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Stay tuned for next week when Abbotsford rock quartet Minnesota Nice, Langley ska-punkers Guts and Glory, and Abbotsford post-hardcore virtuosos Losses square off in what is bound to be one of the barn burner nights in this first round of the #CIVLBattle!

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!