#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!

Fraser Valley & C/C Radio Webster Recognitions!

When Jack Webster retired from professional journalism in 1986, it left a void that could only have been filled by the developing and encouraging  generations of up and coming, successful news seekers and reporters to live up to the Gold standard many believe Webster had set in his career new balance 1004.

Last night, two community journalists with close proximity to CIVL Radio were recognized for their work, focusing on local, relevant, grass roots reporting.

Tyler Olsen from the Chilliwack Times was the sole Fraser Valley reporter recognized at last night’s awards, for his piece “A Growing Concern” chronicling the pervasive practice of running marijuana grow-ops in residential Chilliwack neighbourhoods.

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Also recognized was Jon Steinman, from CJLY Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, whose “Deconstructing Dinner” is archived Saturdays at 5 pm on CIVL Radio. Steinman was named as a finalist for the same Community Reporting award, for the September, 2010 Deconstructing Dinner episode “Local Food Fraud? An Investigation“, which has aired multiple times on CIVL 101.7 FM and can be heard and downloaded here.
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CIVL Radio is proud to share communities with these leading reporters, and excited to dedicate content based on the same grass roots principles in our daily news programming, provided for by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, which you can podcast by copying this link and pasting it into your iTunes settings, or by checking back daily for updates here and on the CIVL Radio Facebook page or Twitter!