CIVL-FM is pleased to present the 43 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 . Abbotsford ’s Kristin Witko , and Mamarudegyal MTHC from Burnaby led the pack with nominations in 4 categories, while Abbotsford ’s Jada Klein and Abbotsford employed Coquitlam resident TestTubeBaby were both nominated in 3.
This year, in addition to local aficionados like CIVL music director Audrey MacDonald and host Rabia Kamboj , Wide Mouth Mason singer/songwriter Shaun Verreault, Pat Steward ( The Odds , Bryan Adams , Matthew Good ), and Polaris Prize Grand Jury member and CHUO-FM Ottawa station manager Erin Flynn. Even Nashville, TN resident Steve Dawson weighed in on this years’ submissions, but many locally will remember him leading Vancouver’s 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 Langleyites 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.
The full list of nominees and categories, along with links for each artist, is available at www.civl.ca/fvma/2017-nominees.
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 w/ Ben Cottrill (Abby), Western Jaguar (Mission), Travis Murray (Ab) and Dear Father (Langley)
- Thursday, November 23rd at Bob’s Steakhouse in Aldergrove, 8-10 PM, FREE w/ Molten Blues Band (Ab), Whiskeyjays (Langley), Corey Primus (Chilliwack) and Kenneth Kraylie (A)
- Friday, November 24th at The Stage in Mission, 8 PM, FREE semi-final, winners TBA
Aaron Levy – CIVL Station Manager
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