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Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018


Ten Years After

CIVL campus radio celebrates 10th year with Fraser Valley's best musicians March 30 at The Stage in Mission

By Aaron Levy, CIVL Station Manager


Fraser Valley Music Awards nominee Kristin Witko will be one of the performers at The Stage in Mission March 30th. Simon Bridgefoot photo


n March 2008, a new signal started streaming out of UFV’s Abbotsford campus and 10 years later is stronger than ever. The Stage in Mission plays host to a lively night of music March 30th to mark the occasion with some of the Fraser Valley’s most celebrated performers.

CIVL has only broadcast on FM radio at 101.7 FM since September 2010, but this March staff and volunteers are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of going up for the first time with streaming content live and podcast at ​www.civl.ca​ .



One of the first Canadian campuses and community stations to offer a searchable log of old episodes, CIVL is mining through some of the best musicians in the Valley to host it’s upcoming show.

In November 2017, ​Blessed​ entered Breakglass Studios in Montreal, Quebec with Jace Lasek (Suuns, The Besnard Lakes) to record their first full-length album aiming to create music that marries the concept of immediate gratification and also merits repeated listens.


They recorded 9 tracks varying from short, sticatto, to the point punk tinged flares to 8 minute escapades that touch on Deerhunter's noise freak outs and Do Make Say Think's gorgeous, lush cinematic passages. thefader.com/2017/04/10/blessed-body


Kristin Witko​ is equally informed by the strict conventions of pop and the willful absurdity of performance art, her music is hooky and unsettling, gothic and effervescent.


Witko's 2017 EP ​Union​ featured production by Simon Bridgefoot (​Teen Daze​, ​Jordan Klassen​) and entered !earshot’s Top 100 in June 2017 and Top 200 in September 2017. Later in 2017, she led the Fraser Valley Music Awards in nominations (for Pop, Electronic, Queer, and Experimental), and was ultimately awarded ​Best Experimental Artist​.

Loans​, for fans of Drive like Jehu and Cinemechanica indebted rock from the cultural center of the world, BC's Fraser Valley.


Dadweed​ - the band you wished the =w= would become after you heard You Gave Your Love to Me Softly, Mykel and Carli and Suzanne. Featuring former members of Flint and the best backing vox section in the mainland since Chains of Love.

Stephen Carl O’Shea​ - ​ the bass player and co- founding member of new wave band You Say Party. He has toured across 3 continents and played hundreds of shows in dive bars and all ages spaces.


He now finds himself staying closer to his home of New Westminster and exploring ambient dance music through the use of synthesizers, samples, and drum machines. His passion for arts and community building has led him to be the artistic director of Jam in Jubilee Music Festival and currently works for The Arts Council of New Westminster. Stephen released a collaborative EP entitled “Midnight Music” with Vancouver artist Holy Hum in 2016 and will be releasing more new music in 2018. Visit the event page on Facebook here.





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