Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 



Perfect Practice

FVMA music preview night Nov 18, awards Nov 25 with Glass Tiger, Sass Jordan and Chilliwack

By Fraser Valley Music Awards/Voice file photos



IVL-FM is pleased to present the 42 acts nominated in 13 categories for the second annual Fraser Valley Music Awards. An announcement ceremony was held at Townhall Public House in Abbotsford Tuesday night, hosted by decorated Fort Langley-raised writer and comedian Harry Doupe.

Enjoy a preview of the entertainment at this year’s AbbyFest celebration and see nominees for the 2018 Fraser Valley Music Awards! Join us at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre on Saturday, November 18th, from 2pm to 4pm. The FVMA winners in all categories will perform and receive their awards at AbbyFest from 10am to 4pm the following week, on November 25th at the Abbotsford Centre.

Female, Queer and Indigenous Nominees Lead 2017 Pack. Along with other cultural entertainment, AbbyFest will feature more than 60 exhibitors from every corner of our community, including:

Plus many more community groups, service groups, fine arts groups, cultural clubs and sporting groups! Every corner of Abbotsford is represented at AbbyFest. Join us for a full day of fun, exploration, education and entertainment.


Abbotsford is one of the most diverse communities in all of Canada. Our community IS our culture and so AbbyFest and UFV have partnered to bring our community together on one day for a huge celebration.

The party continues later the same evening as AbbyFest and UFV present 3 great Canadian classic rock bands. Glass Tiger, Chilliwack and Sass Jordan will rock it up in front of a huge dance floor. Tickets start at just $29.99 and proceeds from the concert go to creating educational opportunities at UFV.

Buy tickets at or in person at Sevenoaks shopping centre on November 18th.

Statistically to date: 147 unique artists (representing ~500 individual musicians) applied for an FVMA, and 90 unique acts (~250 musicians) have been nominated over 18 months.

Abbotsford’s Kristin Witko and Mamarudegyal MTHC
from Burnaby led the pack with nominations in 4 categories, while Abbotsford’s Jada Klein
 and Coquitlam resident TestTubeBaby and were both nominated in 3.

This year, in addition to local aficionados like CIVL music director Audrey MacDonald  

and host Rabia Kamboj and here.

Wide Mouth Mason singer/songwriter Shaun Verreault

Pat Steward
The Odds
Bryan Adams

Matthew Good

Polaris Prize Grand Juror

Ottawa station manager Erin Flynn all adjudicated submissions. Even Nashville, TN resident Steve Dawson weighed in on this years’ submissions. Many will remember him leading the Black Hen Houseband when Henhouse Studios was in Vancouver just a couple years ago.

All in all, 20 nominees had an Abbotsford connection to the Fraser Valley, while 6 Langley Sites brought home nominations, 4 Chilliwackians, and 3 each went to Maple Ridgers, Burnabyites and Missionites (who all, incidentally, tie in the category for least exciting venery). Two nominees are Surrey based, and one each hail from Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Lake Errock. Only 10 2017 nominees were also nominated in 2016 and


Two Category Winners:

Saint Soldier Hip Hop - Abbotsford

Harpdog Brown Blues -Abbotsford and Surrey repeated.

Three Battle of the Bands dates to decide CIVL’s Dakota Leslie Memorial
Live Performance of the Year Award and it’s accompanying $750 cash prize
are taking place in Aldergrove, Chilliwack, and Mission. The following are
dates where crowd participation WILL be a factor in deciding which artists
will move on for a chance to play in the finals at the FVMA’s November 25th
on the Abbotsford Centre stage as part of Abbyfest  :

Thursday, November 16th at The Vineyard in Chilliwack, 8 - 10 PM, FREE with:

Ben Cottrill 

Western Jaguar  (Abby),
Travis Murray   (Mission), (Ab)

Dear Father (Langley)

Kenneth Kraylie (A)








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