Music talent to be announced

Education day by Radio CIVL on April 30

Music talent to be announced

It’s almost time to reveal the best in the Fraser Valley.

The first-ever Fraser Valley Music Awards is set to announce nominations on April 30, and event organizers are inviting the community to check out the list.

Radio station CIVL and the FVMAs would like to invite all facets of the regional music industry and the public to attend the announcement and music education day on April 30 at the University of the Fraser Valley.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature panels on a variety of music industry topics, question and answer sessions, and a conversation with You Say Party’s Stephen O’Shea, talking about the road to success for Abbotsford’s most notable local band. The announcement of the 2016 FVMA Nominees follows at 4:30 p.m. A full schedule of events will be up at later this week. Additional industry representatives will be announced as well.

All FVMA applicants are invited to attend this session for free by RSVPing to (admission for non-applicants is $5), and to stick around after our education day for the early evening nominations announcement and press conference, where the final list of categories and nominees will be presented for the first time.

With the submission period finally closed after 70 days, CIVL is proud to note the final tallies of this inaugural round of FVMA applications. At total of 109 total applications came in, representing over 300 unique musicians who live, work, record, or hail from the Fraser Valley.

“We are just overwhelmed with both the quality and quantity of support that we’ve received from this initiative so far,” said CIVL station manager Aaron Levy.

Those interested can also tune in Sundays at noon on 101.7 FM for Waves and Valleys hosted by FVMA Coordinator James Kasper, featuring live performances and interviews from FVMA applicants right up until the awards show.