65 #FVMA21 Nominees Announced!

Abbotsford – The 2021 Fraser Valley Music Awards’ 65 nominees are now presented at fvma.civl.ca from Canada’s #1 campus radio station, CIVL-FM! 15 unique juried awards categories and $10,170 are up for grabs once again with #FVMA21, the 6th annual Fraser Valley Music Awards! Stay tuned to find out when the winners will be announced, and in the meantime, vote in the Dakota Leslie Memorial Fan Vote here until then! More info to come!

In addition to the category awards and Fan Vote prize money, one talented artist will have their first professional recording funded to the tune of $3,500 by the Common Room Recording Grant as part of this year’s awards. https://www.commonroommusic.co/recording-grant

2021 nominees broken up by region as follows: *Prev. Winner (15)  ^Mult. cat. winner (4) %Prev. nom (16)

13 – Abbotsford: T3, Cavasoul, DoddGodd, %Aridonis, *Loans, Mark Sullivan, KD Surreal, %Ben Cottrill, %Michael Jantzen, %NEVERANOTHER, %House of the Future, ^Kristin Witko, ^Jada Klein

11 – Langley: TBK, %bathtowel, Drew Storey, Lone Butte, %J.D. Miner, %The Kwerks, *Laura., *Dale Sawatzky, *The Springmans, *Quintessential Jazz Band, %Celestial Ruin

7 – Surrey: Moontock, *The Sylvia Platters, Erin Arding Stewart, Christians, 40K, Argel Monte de Ramos, *Glisha

7 – Chilliwack: %The Crescent Sky, %Ted Kim, %Mervis Blue, Fear The Wolves, NASTY LITTLE GREEN MAN, Viola Bloom, %V1nce Black

7 – Mission: Jordan Barr, Rafael Brisebois, %dylan, Beach Moms, *elx/elixir, *Mackenzie Widdows, *Rebecca Sichon

4 – New Westminster: Kid Filthy, %The Crescent Sky, *The Sylvia Platters, *Stephen Carl O’Shea

3 – Maple Ridge: Josh Maitre, Marty Zylstra, *James Rogers

3 – Vancouver:  Khasse, Tribulationz, Lowercase Dream

2 – Victoria: *Latt mowen, *West My Friend

2 – Burnaby: %Empress, Jadhé

2 – Coquitlam: Etienne Siew, Knudson and Connaughton

1 – Enderby: ^david ivan neil

1 – White Rock: *Lovarra

1 – Richmond: Victoria Groff

1 – Cultus Lake: Nelly P.

1 – Aldergrove: ^Shamir Virgo


Canadian Radio Awards: CIVL Is #1 Campus Station

Abbotsford – CIVL-FM is humbled to accept the inaugural recognition of campus and community radio stations by the Canadian Radio Awards from Broadcast Dialogue, in the medium market campus station category for 2021.

The award was presented in partnership between Canada’s professional broadcast industry trade publication of record, and the National Community and Campus Radio Association, who represents over 100 of 200 c/c licensees in the nation, adjudicated by a dozen industry veterans, including CAB Canadian broadcast Hall of Famers Erin Davis and Chuck McCoy.

CIVL’s written submission can be viewed below, while it’s audio submission can be accessed here, and features musical performances from Fraser Valley Music Awards nominees, hip hop artists including Mission’s Known., Saint Soldier and Rozsa from Cultus Lake, Abbotsford’s V1nce Black, rock band Loans and Rebecca Sichon from Abbotsford and Mission, respectively.

The winning audio edit was cut by recently minted !earshot20 host DJ Darko, whose talent booking has been reflected in CIVL’s RECORDING Project, where he worked with the production team of Harry Doupe, MHUTT Films and Drew Riekman, to document local and more broadly recognized touring artists as they addressed and assessed the changing media and arts landscapes. Since that CRFC grant project, initiated in 2018, Darko has worked with MHUTT and Riekman on the Abbotsford Arts Council’s Abbotsford Arty Awards, Jam in Jubilee and Winter Jam series’, in addition to another FVMA season with Doupe in 2020, for which CIVL has received this historic award of it’s own.

“Cutting the submission was easier since everyone on board did an amazing job,” said Darko, while Riekman was similarly “proud to be part of a team of people who care so much about art in the Fraser Valley”.

Station Manager Aaron Levy has more of a hot take: “The fact that these people came together to help the youngest campus station in the country, assemble such an impressive cast of bookings and partners, and to put it all together with a quality and professionalism that wins an award of this caliber from a source of this repute is nothing less than life affirming for us as individuals and as an organization! Good things come when you always work hard, while demonstrating integrity and patience. Kudos to all of the artists, students, partners, the brilliant crew, and everyone who’s put up with the chaos of campus radio!”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to amplify the voices of so many excellent artists from across the beautiful Sto:lo Téméxw, so called Fraser Valley,” added MHUTT’s Mitch Huttema, UFV alum and current Video and Communications Specialist for UFV Communications. “The team at CIVL has worked hard for years producing quality broadcasts that have impacted and amplified musicians, arts and culture in their area and this award recognition is well deserved.”

In an ironic twist of fate, category runner up CFUV-FM in Victoria’s Station Manager is CIVL alum, former UFV student, and Yale Secondary graduate Glen Swarnadhipathi! News regarding the #FVMA21 event postponement and rescheduling until December 2021 is forthcoming, along with the list of 2021 nominees, and Dakota Leslie Memorial Fan Vote details!

Attn: Broadcast Dialogue 2021 Canadian Radio Awards Jurors

Re: CIVL-FM 2021 Submission – NCRA Campus/Community Radio Station of the Year


COVID-19 made 2020/21 challenging. CIVL – down 50% staff, without substantial semesterly fees – remained flexible, creatively supporting community initiatives:

  • Audio submission features November, 19th 2020’s 5th Fraser Valley Music Awards broadcast, celebrating 10 years on 101.7 FM. CIVL awarded $10,170 on-air to 16 diverse artists in 2020, with a keynote address from CBC/MUCH icon Sook-Yin Lee. Song selections were pre-recorded in CIVL’s studios or from music videos funded through previous FVMA awards. Dakota Leslie Memorial Fan-vote winner Mauvey signed with 604 Records soon after.
  • CIVL funded: UFV’s Student Emergency Fund ($10,170)/Food Bank ($500)/Black Connections; ‘Emergency Black in BC Micro-grant Fund’ ($1,017), supporting disadvantaged students and neighbours.
  • CIVL’s Local Journalism Initiative grant enabled: investigating Abbotsford racism in a canada-info.ca series; 7 months of interviews with MPs, MLAs, councillors, and non-profits; 20/21 provincial/federal election all-candidates debates/interviews over 6 ridings.

Finally, Black Press dubbed CIVL a ‘major cultural group’.



CIVLian Takes Over National Music Countdown Show !E20

CIVLian Takes Over National Music Countdown Show

AbbotsfordCIVL’s DJ Darko (Stephen Munga) of Chill Rose Radio is the new host of Canada’s weekly Top 20 radio program, !earshot20.

The weekly charts, reported at www.earshot-online.com have been counted down on radio programs over the last decade, hosted by CIVL/CHUO-Ottawa, CHSRFredericton, and CFMH-Saint John at different times, and have been produced and voiced by station management from these stations to date. DJ Darko’s taking up this new role represents the first time a station has hired a longtime volunteer programmer to take on this important role. 

!earshot20 reflects the most played albums on campus and community radio across Canada every week, and feature specialty charts from different genres including Hip Hop, Loud, Electronic, Jazz, International and Roots. www.earshot-online.com was built by SFU’s CJSF.

“I am blessed to have been able to take over this job,” says Munga, a 2021 NCRA Community Radio Awards Volunteer of the Year Award finalist. “Understanding its importance in the scope of campus and community radio only adds fuel to the fire. Once I started my radio journey, I told myself that this was my path and I would see it through to the end. I’m grateful for every day, knowing that I’m actively working towards making my goals a reality.”

“There’s no better host, to my mind. Both for presenting the most played music in Canada with context and discussion that educates and assists listeners in enjoying; and learning more – about the music and artists finding its way into the playlists of Canadians involved in campus and community radio,” says CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy. “Chill Rose Radio has been one of the essential CIVL programs since 2017, enriching our airwaves in immeasurable ways with it’s exciting new music, talented local guests, and thought provoking discussion topics.”

CIVL 101.7 FM will air !earshot20 Friday at noon until 2 pm weekly, while select stations across Canada run it weekly at different times as per their individual program schedules.

!earshot20 can also be downloaded, streamed or shared here. More photos can be found here, all courtesy of  Kelsey Figura

EXTENDED – Apply until Oct 24 #FVMA21! at FVMA.CIVL.CA

Abbotsford – Over a dozen different awards and $10,170 are up for grabs once again with #FVMA21, the 6th annual Fraser Valley Music Awards! 

In addition to the 10 + categories through various genres, demographic and fan vote recognition opportunities, CIVL is teaming up with Common Room for the second year in a row. This year, the Common Room Recording Grant will be awarded at the Fraser Valley Music Awards on November 18th, 2021 in the second straight year of teaming up with CIVL!

Common Room Recording Grant applications are now open at https://www.commonroommusic.co/recording-grant

New at fvma.civl.ca this year is a comprehensive archive of artist pages for each Fraser Valley Music Award nominated and winner in every category going back to 2017, along with links to their online and social media content. 

CIVL will host #FVMA21 in person on November 18th, 2021, PHO guidelines permitting, and online if not, so stay tuned once nominations are announced for the details on our 6th annual event!

  • Each winner will receive a cash prize for being the highest adjudicated applicant in their category
  • Artists whose adjudicated submissions are nominated for a 2021 FVMA are automatically eligible for participation in the Dakota Leslie Memorial Fan Vote, where the more votes you get, the more cash you win!
  • Nominees will be announced in mid-late October

Videographer/Film Team Deadline Extended to Sep 3

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CIVL has been awarded $50,000 in project grants funding from the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC). This grant project is to provide for the execution of a 20 year retrospective video documentary production between September 2021 and August 2022.

We are looking for someone to spend the year working with us to tell our story of accessible community arts and alternative media engagement in a comprehensive, accountable, exciting and professional way.


CIVL is the University of the Fraser Valley’s campus and community radio station, having incorporated as a BC Society in 2005, after working since 2003 towards the goal of terrestrial broadcast. We began as an online station in 2008, and started broadcasting on FM in 2010, making us the youngest of roughly 50 campus-based FM services operating in Canada to date. By summer 2023 CIVL will be the only campus broadcaster in Canada with different frequencies in multiple communities, when we activate our CRTC-approved signal on 92.3 FM in Chilliwack. We are a non-profit organization built on the auspices of volunteer engagement and accessibility.


  1. Creation of a feature video documentary/series of CIVL’s history and ongoing operations since 2003
  2. Production of 3 training videos documenting CIVL’s current orientation lectures/presentations
  3. Production/preparation/release of various social media video content


More on the deliverables listed above:

1: This project will focus on 4 primary quadrants of content in a video documentary series or feature:

  1. CIVL’s extensive background history and operations from 2003 to date
  2. Campus/Community Radio in Canada (NCRA), it’s history, functions, values and challenges
  3. Reflecting on CIVL’s work with it’s various partners within the cultural context of the unique area of Abbotsford/Fraser Valley
  4. The future of CIVL/campus and community radio in the Valley

2:    A) ~5 total hours of instructional content to be prepared for online access

3:    A) Occasionally, as appropriate throughout the project

One baseline content collection metric for this project includes conducting 50 (fifty) 1 hour long interviews with CIVL volunteers, founders, partners, stakeholders and staff from over the past two decades (including NCRA personnel). Minimum of one such interview per week will air in audio only format on CIVL upon completion of this project starting in September 2022.These interviews may act as part of an ‘environmental scan’ to assist the producers in establishing effective narratives and areas for more follow up.

From these base interviews, the bigger picture of CIVL’s history and organizational direction will be shaped for video production. Further interviews will provide deeper context, historical narrative and alternate perspectives. Selections/sections of these interviews will be edited in video to make up portions of the video documentary content.


The successful applicant will provide their own primary video production tools and equipment.

CIVL will provide in-studio and field audio recording equipment, space and software access as necessary.

CIVL will work with the successful applicant to support acquisition, sharing, rental and/or development of necessary additional technical resources, including, but not limited to the use of project based expenses mentioned below.


Guaranteed expenses:

Human Resources: $47,500 gross CAD

Projected 35-40 hours weekly (1,800 – 2,100 total billable hours, $22.80-$26.10/hr ) between September 2021 and September 2022.

Expenses: $2,500 (Equipment, travel, other)

Potential for Back-End Earnings:

CIVL is eager to negotiate additional compensation to the successful applicant regarding a % split with the station of any profits and/or earnings related to sponsorship and/or sale of the completed production.


Content is expected to be provided to the CRFC in completion before September 2022.


Responses to this request for proposals are due by 11:59 PM PST on August 27th, 2021. Please send your proposals to rfp@civl.ca with the subject line “Documentary Proposal”. Please title specific questions or inquiries with the subject line “Documentary Queries”.


Proposals will be accepted from individual film makers, journalists and video/multimedia artists, as well as production teams or partnerships. All proposals submitted should contain a minimum of the following items:

• a list of key team members and sample work each of them have been principals on in the past

• overview of both equipment available and additional resources that might be needed for completion of this project

• your personal connection to radio

Beyond these items, feel free to include anything you think we need to see. If there are items that already live online, feel free to include a link to those things instead of duplicating them in your proposal.

Group vs Individual applicants:

This grant project is structured around hiring one individual to work full time on this project for one year. Teams or crews who submit a proposal are asked to show how they will staff the hours necessary to complete the research and production of the end content, in addition to being able to shadow and document activities and developments within the CIVL team/personnel operations and community over the course of the year. Individual applicants will be treated as full time employees for a one year contract.

Accountability/Reporting/Support Structure:

CIVL’s Board of Directors have applied for, and been awarded, this CRFC funded grant project to be directed by CIVL’s Station Manager, and all related operations will thus be supervised and supported by CIVL staff accordingly. Permanent staff will work with the successful applicant to make the best use possible of volunteer, student, and other station staff time in order to assist and support the candidate(s) in effective and efficient completion of the project.

COVID-19 Considerations:

This position will be conducted through a hybrid of in-person and remote work, adhering to COVID social distancing and other protocol as per PHO guidelines wherever applicable.

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. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

UFVCCRS AGM 2nd Attempt

Greetings CIVLians!

Last night, the UFV Campus and Community Radio Society held it’s first attempt at holding this year’s Annual General Meeting.

The second and final attempt is thus Monday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm, with the meeting to convene at 7 pm with a quorum of those present.

Below are the agenda, minutes and reports, as well as the link to this upcoming meeting.

UFVCCRS AGM March 22nd

6:30 pm

Call to Order

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Adoption of Minutes of Dec. 2019 AGM

3. President’s Report

4. ED Report

5. Treasurer’s Report 

A) Acceptance of 2019/20 Year-End    

B) Adoption of 2021/2022 Budget (attached)   

C) Approval of 2020/21 Year-End

6. Election of Directors

7. Adjournment

UFV Campus and Community Radio Society

Annual General Meeting Minutes (draft)

December 3rd 2019UFV AbbotsfordRoom B101

Attendance: Jennifer Trithardt-Tufts, David Myles, Mitch Trainor, Mitch Huttema, Drew Riekman (community), Joe Johnson (volunteer), Darren Blakeborough (Faculty)

AGM Agenda: 8:32

Call to Order 8 pm

1. Approval of Agenda

Mitch H moves to approve

Mitch T seconds


2. Adoption of Minutes from 2018 AGM

Jennifer’s name is updated to reflect accurate spelling

David moves, Mitch H seconds


3. President’s Report

  1. This past year we held a number of significant events such as the 4th FVMA’s in Chilliwack for the first time, at a great venue.
  2. The RECORDING Project was a huge undertaking that’s turned out incredibly successfully
  3. Maintained engagement with Jam in Jubilee as a sustaining sponsor
  4. Tower Transmitter failure occurred in October and was able to be swiftly rectified with CBC’s help
  5. CEP Tower progress has moved forward, including CRTC approval in May.
  6. MOA Update – To be revised as of December (According to Kyle Baillie)
  7. Started offering student scholarships for the first time (Kariton Gallery and JiJ SOCA/MEDA Dept Practicum placements)
  8. Maintained a reasonable level of engagement in consistency with previous years

4. Station Manager’s Report

  1. Hired two Indigenous work study students for the first time
  2. Instituted hourly territory acknowledgements
  3. Ended relationships noncompliant programmers
  4. Initiated youth oriented reconciliation programming at local festivals (Pride/JiJ/Hope Days/MFMF/Symphony In the Park)
  5. SM became President of MFMF in the past year
  6. Board recognizes COA’s 2019 staff budget presentation’s PRC ask directly reflects the ongoing dedication, funding and commitment that CIVL has continued to provide to the Abbotsford Arts Council as a member since 2015 through staff and board engagement on both sides. City staff proposed a $75,000 budget increase for AAC, after over 20 years of receiving under $20,000 annually. CIVL SM (AL) and Secretary (JT-T) sit currently as President and Executive Director, respectively, of AAC, and each acknowledge commitments that reflect this being the case for the coming year as well.

5. Treasurer’s Report:

i.    Adoption of 2018 Auditor’s Report

Move to approve the report:

Mitch H moves

David Seconds


ii.   Approval of 2019/20 Budget

David moves to approve the budget

Jennifer seconds


iii.  Appointment of 2019 Year-End Review

Mitch H moves to approve Wolfe and Co as the 2018/19 auditor for UFVCCRS

David seconds


6. Election of Directors

Jennifer Trithardt-Tufts – C

Mitch Huttema – C

Mitch Trainor – Stu

David Myles – Stu

Swinder Singh – C

Eileen Mendez – C

Darren Blakeborough – Sta

Adam Friesen – Sta

Joel Robertson-Taylor – Stu

Drew Riekman – C

Mitch H moves to ratify all directors standing for election.

Aaron speaks on behalf of Joel, and Darren and Drew both make statements on behalf of their nominations.

Jennifer seconds


7. Scheduling of First Meeting of Directors

Wednesday, January 8th at 6:30 pm

8. Adjournment 9:35

Mitch H Motions

Mitch T Seconds


Chilliwack’s Mauvey Wins Big at CIVL’s Fraser Valley Music Awards 2020

Chilliwack’s Mauvey Win’s Big at 2020 Fraser Valley Music Awards!

Abbotsford – 16 new Fraser Valley Music Awards winners were crowned last night in a live FM and internet video stream broadcast that can be viewed now on-demand through youtube.

11 first time winners each took home a single category, while both Abbotsford’s Jada Klein (RnB) and Aldergrove’s Shamir Virgo (BIMPOC) won a single category themselves, as well as both being runners up in the #DakotaLeslieMemorialFanVote, earning $670 and $1,750 respectively, in addition to the $350 from their individual category wins, thanks to hundreds of fans voting to support them each. The big winner of the night, though, was Chilliwack’s Mauvey, who closed the show by joining the broadcast via phone link around 5 am local time in London, England, where he’s been for the most recent leg of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mauvey won $2,500 with the most of the approximate 4,500 fan votes cast.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Alternative/Indie Electronic 

Jenny Banai (2nd win) (Langley/Abby) Kristin Witko (5th win) (Abbotsford)

Folk Gospel (First year category)

West My Friend (2nd straight Folk win) Chelsea Amber (Abbotsford)

Hip Hop Jazz 

Saint Soldier (2nd Hip Hop win) (Cultus) Lovarra (White Rock)

Pop RNB (First year category)

Rebecca Sichon (Mission) Jada Klein (2nd win)

Rock/Punk/Metal Roots Category

The Sylvia Platters (Surrey) Roads Unknown (Mission)

Excellence by a Female Artist Excellence by an Indigenous Artist

Glisha (Surrey) Boslen (Chilliwack)

Excellence by a BIMPOC Artist Excellence by a Youth Artist

Shamir Virgo (Aldergrove) Ashley Pater (Maple Ridge)

Excellence by a Queer Artist

Summer Crush (Abbotsford)


#FVMA20 Live Video Link Now Available

Access the live video link here in order to watch the entire show on any device.

The 2020 Fraser Valley Music Awards are live on CIVL 101.7 FM Thursday, November 19th at 7 pm, with a warm-up program of CIVL sponsored performance and music video content starting at 6:30 pm. This year’s show show features off-the-floor studio performances from nominees Dance Alfred, Glisha, Vince Black, Chelsea Amber, Evereal, and Rebecca Sichon, as well as our keynote speaker Sook-Yin Lee!

We’ll also be making it available on demand if you miss the live broadcast and video stream.

Apply Now for 2020 FVMAs!

Abbotsford – CIVL-FM is now accepting submissions until October 19th for the 5th annual Fraser Valley Music Awards at the brand new website launched just today!

While CIVL has been working over the past year with our sister-station CJRU 1280 AM at Ryerson University in Toronto to rebuild both of our websites by early 2021, this new FVMA platform is the first step towards a revitalized CIVL.ca, and a sneak peak of what new CIVL and CJRU websites may resemble somewhat in the future.

Though the FVMA platform functionality will be limited as we begin this 5th season of Fraser Valley Music Awards, as nominees are announced, and adjudication starts to take place, this website will begin to develop into what CIVL hopes to eventually be a comprehensive archive of local artists.

When fvma.civl.ca is complete, visitors will be able to browse through the different years, categories and nominees of the awards throughout the years, and each artist will have their own dedicated page that presents biographical data, media content, and other means for fans to connect with their work. In the meantime, the functionality of this site will allow artists to apply online in a more streamlined and aesthetically pleasing environment, as well as easier and clearer access to rules and regulations, guidelines, and other details essential to the submission process. Finally, this will be the first year where FVMA judges will log in and complete their adjudications completely through this platform. 

Rules and Regulations can be found here

2020 FVMA Submissions can be made directly here

In addition to the bestowed awards that CIVL and the adjudicators have presented at past Fraser Valley Music Awards, such as recognizing excellence by women identifying, queer and Indigenous artists, and working in solidarity with our local partners like Black Connections, this year a new category for recognizing excellence by BIMPOC (Bi-racial, Indigenous, mixed-racial, and people of colour) artists will be bestowed to an eligible nominee.


2020 FVMAs: $10,170 to Fraser Valley Musicians for 10 Years on CIVL-FM

October 5th, 2020

Abbotsford – Submissions for the 2020 Fraser Valley Music Awards will be open to local musicians as of Friday, October 9th, and to celebrate its 10th year on FM radio, CIVL 101.7 FM is giving away $10,170 in cash.

The awards, now in their fifth year, are an initiative of CIVL Radio, the University of the Fraser Valley’s campus and community radio station, and were first hosted in July 2016 after a year-long grant project funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

As an extension of the station’s commitment to the region’s musicians, and that group’s livelihood having been particularly devastated by the effects of COVID-19, the station will be putting up $10,170 in prizing to be split between this years’ winners.

Since March of 2020, CIVL has been impacted like many other groups by COVID-19, and recognizing the difficulties that many of its partners, listeners and stakeholders have faced, CIVL has previously made contributions to multiple local causes, including a separate $10,170 donation to the UFV student emergency fund.

Each individual category winner this year will receive a $350 cash prize, the largest per category FVMA winners have ever won. Then, once the final nominees are announced, each one will have the opportunity to win extra cash with the Dakota Leslie Fan Vote for a first prize of $2,500, second prize of $1,750, and third prize of $670. More details to be released on Friday.

Awards will be presented in 15 different categories, and for the second year feature a Fan Vote, this time with all nominees eligible for voting. The awards themselves will be presented in a virtual event, and will take place Thursday, November 19 at 7 pm.

In addition to the bestowed awards that CIVL and the adjudicators have presented at past Fraser Valley Music Awards, such as recognizing excellence by women identifying, queer and Indigenous artists, and working in solidarity with our local partners like Black Connections, this year a new category for recognizing excellence by BIMPOC (Bi-racial, Indigenous, Mixed-Racial, and People of Colour) artists will be bestowed to an eligible nominee.

Entries will only be accepted until October 19th. To submit an entry, to find rules and regulations, or to get more information about this years Fraser Valley Music Awards, please visit www.civl.ca