November 20th, 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)



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. 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.

Now Accepting 2020 Fraser Valley Music Awards Submissions at fvma.civl.ca


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.


November 21st, 2019 FVMA Gala Tickets On Sale Here:

No. of Tickets

The jurors have finished their tabulations and the nominees have been set for next week’s Fraser Valley Music Awards.

By category they are:

Dale Sawatzky
Dear Father
Fun For Cover
James Buddy Rogers
Kellen Saip

David Ivan Neil
Dear One
The Eddy J Band
Kellen Saip
Lori Paul and Spiderlodge

DJ Elixir
Kristin Witko
Stephen Carl O’Shea & Daniel Ross
Travis Colt Murray

Alex Rake and the Leaves
David Ivan Neil
Kristin Witko
Stephen Carl O’Shea & Daniel Ross
Villain Villain

Bre McDaniel
The Crescent Sky
John Welsh and Los Valientes
Kyler Pierce
West My Friend

Hip Hop/Urban
Hooper Turnt Sanger
Jada Klein
Lil Turtle

Natalia Pardalis
Rachel and Ted Music

Erik “The Lightning” Taylor

Ben Cottrill
Jada Klein
Kristin Witko
Kyler Pierce
The Sylvia Platters

Alex Rake and the Leaves
David Ivan Neil
Joanie Loves Chachi

The Cut Losses
Gone Sugar Die
Kyler Pierce
The Sylvia Platters
Western Jaguar

The previously announced Fan Vote finalists are: Blessed, Casinos, Harma White, Kuri, Loans, David Ivan Neil, Kyler Pierce, Kellen Saip, Western Jaguar, and Kristin Witko.

In addition, there will be special bestowed awards presented for outstanding First Nations/Indigenous and LGBTQ works, as well as the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award being presented to Brian Smith of the iconic Canadian band Trooper.

The jurors were comprised of musicians, music industry, and radio professionals from across the country and included Shaun Verreault, leader of the band Wide Mouth Mason; former Bryan Adams and current Odds drummer Pat Steward, and David Stone, keyboardist for Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.

Now in their fourth year, the Fraser Valley Music Awards will take place Thursday, November 21st at Corky’s Pub in Chilliwack. For more information please go to civl.ca.

While you wait eagerly for the announcement of the 2019 Fraser Valley Music Awards Nominees, you can get in on the action yourself, and help to crown the Dakota Leslie Award Winner for 2019!

The winner of this fan vote will walk away with $750 on November 21st at Corky’s in Chilliwack!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE for your favorite of the ten artists most beloved by other musicians who applied for this years’ Fraser Valley Music Awards! Voting closes Nov. 17th!

The 2019 Dakota Leslie Award Finalists:



Harma White



David Ivan Neil

Kyler Pierce

Kellen Saip

Western Jaguar

Kristin Witko

2019 Fraser Valley Music Award Application Form

The awards will be presented in 15 categories on November 21st at Corky’s in Chilliwack, starting at 8:00 p.m.

The location of this year’s festivities coincides with May’s CRTC decision approving a Chilliwack transmitter for CIVL, the University of the Fraser Valley station. Entries will be accepted until October 24th .

New to this year’s awards are a Fan Vote and a special presentation for Lifetime Achievement.

For the third year in a row, hosting and coordinating duties for the gala fall to Fort Langley native and Chilliwack resident Harry Doupe, award show veteran comedian, producer, and writer.


2018 FVMA Nominees

Dear Father Langley www.dearfathermusic.com
James Buddy Rogers Maple Ridge www.jamesbuddyrogers.com (3rd FVMA Nom)
Ria Jade Maple Ridge www.riajade.com
Cambree Lovesy Abbotsford www.cambreemusic.com
Dear Father Langley www.dearfathermusic.com (3rd FVMA Nom)
Kellen Saip Chilliwack http://kellensaipmusic.wixsite.com/epk1
Like Bears Chilliwack Facebook.com/wearelikebears
The Whiskeyjays Langley thewhiskeyjays.com
DJ Elixir Mission www.djelixir.com
Kristin Witko Abbotsford kristinwitko.com
My Goal Is Telepathy Chilliwack https://soundcloud.com/mygoalistelepathy (2nd FVMA Nom)
Nice Abbotsford https://niceboysltd.bandcamp.com/
Stephen Carl O’Shea New West www.stephenoshea.ca
Travis Murray Abbotsford www.travismurraymusic.com (2nd FVMA Nom)
Blessed Abb/Miss/CHWK www.blessedtheband.com
Jenny Banai Surr/Lang/Abb https://jennybanai.com
Kristin Witko Abbotsford kristinwitko.com
Our Chemistry Abbotsford https://www.facebook.com/OurChemistry/
Samson Crowe and the Menagerie Chilliwack https://www.reverbnation.com//samsoncrowe
Stephen Carl O’Shea New West www.stephenoshea.ca
Brian Lowen’s Kid Abb/Vic www.brianlowenskid.com (2nd FVMA Nom)
Coalmont Abbotsford www.coalmontband.com (4th FVMA Nom)
The Crescent Sky Chilliwack www.thecrescentsky.com (2nd FVMA Nom)
Fun For Cover Abbotsford https://www.facebook.com/Fun-For-Cover-672485416431465/
Jenny Banai Surr/Lang/Abb https://jennybanai.com
Tristan Smith Maple Ridge/Van www.soundcloud.com/tristan-smith-3 (2nd FVMA Nom)
For and By Youth    
Caitlin Canning Abbotsford www.caitlincanningmusic.ca
Cambree Lovesy Abbotsford www.cambreemusic.com (2 FVMA Noms this year)
Captain Chamelion Langley http://roarformorefun.c/
Jada Klein Abbotsford www.jadaklein.com (4th FVMA Nom)
Samson Crowe and the Menagerie Chilliwack https://www.reverbnation.com//samsoncrowe (2 FVMA Noms this year)
The Springmans Aldergrove www.myhappybeach.com
Hip Hop    
Alexis Lynn Surrey www.alexislynnmusic.com (3 FVMA noms, 2 this year)
Sasquatch Mind Control Abbotsford https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyzWMW9w5BRqUUFVTClXTxQ
Saint Soldier Cultus www.saintsoldiermusic.com (3rd FVMA Nom)
Jenny Banai Surrey/Lang/Abb https://jennybanai.com (3 FVMA Noms this year)
Natalia Pardalis Surrey www.nataliapardalis.com
Quintissential Jazz Band Langley www.quintessentialjazz.ca
Ria Jade Maple Ridge www.riajade.com
Erik “The Lightning” Taylor Abbotsford https://thelightning77.bandcamp.com/track/unveiled-faces (2nd FVMA Nom)
First Reign Abbotsford www.facebook.com/firstreign
Jared and the Social Worker Abbotsford www.jaredandthesocialworker.com
Our Chemistry Abbotsford https://www.facebook.com/OurChemistry/
Ben Cottrill Abbotsford www.bencottrillmusic.com (2nd FVMA Nom)
Kristin Witko Abbotsford kristinwitko.com (7 FVMA Noms, 3 this year)
The Kwerks Langley http://www.thekwerks.com (4th FVMA Nom)
Little Evening Langley https://www.facebook.com/littleeveningmusicpage (2nd FVMA Nom)
The Sylvia Platters Langley/Abbotsford http://www.thesylviaplatters.com/ (3rd FVMA Nom)
Sydney Beau Abbotsford sydneybeau.com
Blessed Abby/Mission/CHWK www.blessedtheband.com (4 FVMA Noms overall, 2 this year)
Jared and the Social Worker Abbotsford www.jaredandthesocialworker.com (2 FVMA Noms this year)
Loans Mission www.loansband.bandcamp.com
Stephen Carl O’Shea New West www.stephenoshea.ca (6 FVMA noms as solo artist, 3 this year)
Our Chemistry Abbotsford https://www.facebook.com/OurChemistry/ (3 Noms this year)
Paravel Abbotsford www.paravelmusic.com (3rd overall FVMA Nom, 2 this year)
Ria Jade Maple Ridge www.riajade.com (5th overall FVMA Nom, 3 this year)
TESSA Abbotsford www.tessaband.com
Warm Amps Abbotsford/Van warmamps.bandcamp.com
The Whiskeyjays Langley thewhiskeyjays.com (3rd overall FVMA Nom, 2 this year)


The following prizes are to be awarded at the December 19th Gala, however more will be announced in the coming weeks:

  1. 2 artists will receive 200 x 12” 140g Vinyl, Full Colour jackets+labels/dust sleeves/shrink wrap courtesy of IndiePool, Canada’s Music Partner

  1. 3 artists will receive a professional music videos production

  1. 1 artist will be guaranteed a main stage performance at Jam in Jubilee 2019

  1. 1 artist will be guaranteed a performance at Mission Folk Music Fest 2019

  1. 15 artists will receive a $250 cash prize each

  2. 3 artists will be selected to perform as feature musicians during Fraser Valley Art Battle events, hosted by the Abbotsford Arts Council
  3. 1 artist will receive over $2,000 worth of consultation and campaign management from Mindful Marketing, and $600 in advertising support towards that campaign
  4. Our friends Kyler Pierce and the Devon Clifford Music Foundation are offering a free studio single recording to one Youth nominee!


Press Release October 30th:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FVMA Deadline Extended, Prelim. Categories Announced

Abbotsford – The Fraser Valley Music Awards October 31st application deadline is being extended until November 4th at 11:59 pm PST.

Preliminary categories that will be recognized, in addition to the $750 Dakota Leslie Memorial Live Performance of the Year, which will be awarded to one Battle of the Bands participant, which can come from any genre, are as follows in order of volume of applicants to date: Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues, Electronic, Experimental, Hip Hop, Metal, Punk and World. CIVL will also take the opportunity to recognize excellence from the Queer, First Nations, Youth, and female identifying community members throughout the Fraser Valley. We’ve also been asking artists to self identify their own genres or categories, and 31 unique different classifications have been identified thus far of the 90+ musicians represented by acts that have applied.

Important Upcoming Dates (All events are FREE to the public):

FVMA Application Deadline

Saturday, November 4th at 11:59 pm PST via www.civl.ca/fvma

All FVMA applications must be submitted by this point to be adjudication by jurors

FVMA Nomination Announcement:

Tuesday, November 14th at Townhall Public House in Abbotsford – 5:30 – 8 pm

Hosted by Harry Doupe, a veteran comedian and writer, who’s work has included writing for the Olympics, Junos, Geminis, Just for Laughs, and so much more. Harry will help us announce the nominees in each category.

FVMA Battle of the Bands Final:

Friday, November 24th at The Stage in Mission – 7 pm

Bands that have competed in the preliminary Battle dates throughout November will face off for one last chance to appear on stage at FVMA’s to win $750 and more!

Fraser Valley Music Awards at Abbyfest!

Saturday, November 25th at the Abbotsford Centre – 10 am – 4 pm

For more information about CIVL’s Fraser Valley Music Awards, please visit www.civl.ca/fvma or contact CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy via info@civl.ca

Press Release October 16th:

CIVL invites you to join us on one of the following dates to participate in one of the milestones in this years’ Fraser Valley Music Awards.

  • Thursday, October 19th at 5:30 pm, in S2109 at UFV Abbotsford’s Student Union Building, CIVL will be dedicating it’s on air broadcast studio to the memories of Chuck Anger and Dakota Leslie, two volunteers who passed away in the months leading up to the 2015 move into this new building and broadcast space.

  • Tuesday October 31st at 11:59 PST  is the official deadline for FVMA applications to be submitted and considered for nomination. More info is at www.civl.ca/fvma

  • Tuesday, November 14th, from 5:30 – 7 pm, please join us at Townhall Abbotsford for the official Nomination Announcement, where CIVL personnel will announce the FVMA nominees in each category.

In 2016, the Leslie family made a contribution to the Fraser Valley Music Awards’ Battle of the Bands, leading to CIVL renaming it “The Dakota Leslie Live Performer of the Year Award”, and this year we want to move the legacy forward, and solidify our tribute with the dedication of these studios. “Dakota had a love and passion for music and our community,” says his sister, Rikki-Lee Leslie. “This award combines both of those things while keeping his memory alive.” CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy says that “while both Dakota and Chuck made significant contributions to our community at CIVL, neither of them had a chance to broadcast from our new studio’s, and that’s why it’s important to me that we dedicate this space to them.”

Click here for Anger’s A Social and Musical History of the Blues podcast, and here for Leslie’s Generation Z show.

More FVMA Judges are being announced as well, with last years’ youth nominee Alexis Lynn, CIVL Music Director Audrey McDonald, host and Latin-Canadian community engagement maven Julia Hodgins, and 2017 Polaris Prize Finals Juror and Station Manager at U of Ottawa’s CHUO 89.1, Erin Flynn.

CIVL is also excited to announce that the entire FVMA winners list will receive a full page cover advertisement in Exclaim! Canada’s only free monthly music publication, with a circulation of approximately 100,000 nationwide.

Press Release October 12th:

Celebrity judges for the second annual Fraser Valley Music Awards (FVMA) on November 25th, at the Abbotsford Centre as part of Abbyfest, include Wide Mouth Mason singer/songwriter Shaun Verreault, Pat Steward (The Odds, Bryan Adams, Matthew Good), former Peak Performance Project winner Jordan Klassen, an Abbotsford native whose new album “Big Intruder” was released last month on Nevado Records, and living Can-con legend B.A. Johnston, who the Globe and Mail suggests may be this generation’s Stompin’ Tom Connors.

Other judges will include Georgia Straight writer Guy MacPherson, JAZZFM91’s Brad Barker, members of the Fraser Valley Blues Society, CIVL volunteers and programmers, and various partners and sponsors. To find out more or to participate yourself, email fvma@civl.ca

Prizes for winners and nominees include:

  1. The Stage in Mission is offering $4,800 in local gigs over the course of the next year to FVMA winners and nominees in a monthly showcase at their burgeoning venue!

  2. Vancouver’s NIMBUS School of Recording and Media is offering 12 hours of studio recording and mixing, overseen by one of their professional supervisors.

  3. The Mission Folk Music Festival is offering a spot on their 2018 festival roster

  4. Jam in Jubilee is offering a headlining spot on the 2018 festival roster

  5. What’s On! Abbotsford will feature a full page for each of up to 12 FVMA category winners, and another full page for the Wo!A Artist of the Year in a social media contest

  6. Hope, BC based Connect Media is offering a winner social media management for two months + $400 towards advertising that they will manage as well.

  7. 200 x 12” 140g Vinyl, Full Colour jackets and labels, dust sleeves and shrink wrap

CIVL is also looking forward to the second #FVMABattle series, awarding $750 to the Dakota Leslie Live Performer of the Year. The semi-finals for the #FVMABattle2017 will take place on November 24th at The Stage in Mission, and will feature the winners from the preliminary rounds of Battle events. CIVL and the FVMA’s thank the Leslie family for initiating this award last year, and sponsors interested in contributing to the prize value can contact fvma@civl.ca .

A final deadline for FVMA applications will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as a nomination celebration, more prizes, and more #FVMABattle2017 dates as well!

2nd Fraser Valley Music Awards Now Accepting Submissions

Abbotsford, BC — Canada’s most awarded community radio station in 2017 is calling for judges, sponsors, partners and artists to apply for the 2nd annual Fraser Valley Music Awards. After hosting and sweeping the National Community Radio Awards in June with four top prizes, including one for the live special programming broadcast of last year’s inaugural Fraser Valley Music Awards at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, CIVL wants to award local musicians a little differently this year.

After teaming up with Abbyfest since 2010 to provide musicians, sound equipment, and stage support, CIVL brings the entire Fraser Valley Music Awards to the free daytime stage at Abbyfest, on November 25th, with live performances from nominees, awards presentations, and more. This year’s #CIVLFVMABattle2017 finals showdown will see CIVL’s Battle series return to the Abbotsford Centre for the first time since 2014 when John Welsh won the #CIVLssBattle for singer-songwriters.

The 2016 FVMA pop category winner Welsh has since found internet and international fame as a pop/world artist, touring CTV studios across the country with live performances, something that Hip Hop award winner Saint Soldier has also had the pleasure of doing since last year’s awards. Soldier was also featured on the BBC with Bobby Friction, who noted the FVMA haul himself in marveling at the local Abbotsford/Aldergrove product’s verve and focus.

In all, over 100 submissions were received for last years’ FVMA’s, and over $100,000 in cash or in kind value was contributed by local businesses and groups to benefit the winning artists, as well as many nominees. More information about last years’ winners and prizes can be found at www.civl.ca/fvma , where artists can also fill out an application and make a submission fee for the 2017 event.

“This partnership with Abbyfest is the best thing that could happen for the second annual FVMA’s” according to CIVL station manager Aaron Levy. “We struggled to represent the diverse background of our communities last year, though we were really pleased with the music we did honour, and this year I think we’re going to tap into the real flavour of our diverse Valley. Allowing artists across genre to self identify their style will be a big help. What’s On! Abbotsford and The Stage in Mission will be important partners this year, and we look forward to seeing who else will jump on board!”

Prizes this year will include a headlining spot at Jam in Jubilee, $5,000 in paid gigs, as well as promo and recording time. CIVL will be announcing more sponsors, prizes, and judges in the weeks to come.
C: 778-982-0648 – O: 604-851-6306 –  E: fvma@civl.ca

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