Thursday, February 18, 2016 


Music News

Tapping into Valley Talent

CIVL Radio is looking for award-winning acts by March 31

James Kasper, CIVL Radio/Submitted photos


IVL-FM’s first-ever Fraser Valley Music Awards are now calling for submissions from Fraser Valley musicians. The submission period opened February 1 and runs until March 31.


Artists of all genres and ages are encouraged to submit their music to the FVMA Jury by completing the Submission Form at


Winners will be announced at the Fraser Valley Music Awards gala in July. Winners (and in some cases, Nominees) will receive a wide variety of free products and services, including recording studio time, feature media coverage, placement in summer music festivals, consultations with music industry experts, live show recordings, and of course the awards themselves. 


Events leading up to the main event will include a Battle of the Bands, music industry education workshops, in addition to the launch of a compilation album of Fraser Valley

Derrival (above) and Nacaals (top) and Merciful Angel (below) play in Battle of the Bands 2015.

“In addition to superstars like Hedley or Carly Rae and various Juno and Polaris Prize Nominees, a host of incredibly well-regarded Canadian musicians hail from the Valley, explains CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy.

“We want to both celebrate their work and help build the next generation of success stories by providing them with the tools to reach beyond the Valley.”

In the past two years, CIVL Radio has organized similar events, including a Battle of the Bands whose winners have gone on to the Peak Performance Project (Derrival) and The Fox Seeds competition (John Welsh). Western Jaguar won the 2015 Battle.

The opportunity to produce this event arose due to a $50,000 grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada successfully landed by Abbotsford’s 101.7 CIVL Radio in the summer of  2015. CRFC is a non-government organization that re-distributes CCD and other commercial broadcast contributions to community and campus radio stations across Canada. Visit their website at

“We’d like our Jury to be able to review rock, folk, blues, jazz, country, pop, punk, metal, classical – a healthy cross-section of the whole Fraser Valley music scene,” says FVMA Coordinator James Kasper. “If you’re in the Fraser Valley and you write, record, perform, or produce music, we want to hear your work.”

For more information on the event, submissions, sponsoring, volunteering, or becoming an official Juror, email James here.





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