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 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!

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!

Battle of the Bands This Saturday!

This Saturday marks the first week of the first round for the Fraser Valley Battle of the Bands at Aftermath on the UFV campus in Abbotsford.
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Competing will be 7th Avenue, a rock and blues band from Mission, synth-punk trio Yes Men Jr. and traditional thrashers Merciful Angel, both from Abbotsford. Come out to hear some of the Fraser Valley talent and help them win industry prizes from Long & McQuade, Tractorgrease multi-media, Jayme Anne Photography, and Five Acres Studio.
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Doors at 7, show starts at 7:30pm, $5 cover. All ages.
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7:30 pm:

 

7th Avenue is originally from Mission B.C. The band has been playing for well over a decade. Their music is well known to the local fans in the Fraser Valley. Valann Dupuis, Clayton Burch, and Kevin Wall are the original band members. Lorne Penner on Bass and Johnny Rocksteady is the drummer.
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Yes Men Jr is a local Abbotsford-based synth-punk band featurin’ lean mean beatnik teens on a bankrupt budget.

8:45 pm:
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Founded in 2008, Merciful Angel has been tearing up the Fraser Valley scene. With a mix of all the older metal we love, with a somewhat modern approach Merciful Angel has a unique defining sound of it’s own. Releasing our e.p this summer , it’s gonna be a face melter.
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BANDS! Last Chance to Apply for the Battle of the Valley before April 22nd!

Thanks for all the submissions. We only have a few days left so keep them coming! Click here!

We are upping the ante, and topping up the first prize L&M certificate to $800. Thanks to all our sponsors. Here is a little more on what you could win besides fame.
First prize:

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Tractorgrease Multimedia has operated out of it’s current location for 5 years. They are a recording/video studio and offer live event production providing lights, sound, and stages. They are offering 3 live videos for the winning band. A $2000 value.
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Jayme Anne Photography has worked with many known local bands and artists such as Dan Mangan, Jordan Klassen, You Say Party!, First Reign, and a hand full of other Vancouver talent. Jayme is offering a 2 hour photoshoot, with two locations. 10 – 15 high resolution edited photos will be given on a disk 1 – 2 weeks after photoshoot date.
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Five Acres Studio is a professional recording studio out on the farm in Bradner. Five Acres will provide the mastering of 6 songs to the winning band.
 

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UFV’s Student Union Society and Long & McQuade have teamed up to provide $800 bones to Long & McQuade, your music supply store
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Second Prize:
$300 to Long & Mcquade plus 100 pins
Third Prize:
$200 to Long & Mcquade plus 100 pins
Thanks to all our sponsors for contributing to this event and the promotion of local music!

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