Ecological dread: Themes for Dying Earth documentary sheds light on Teen Daze’s climate change anxiety

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“I just couldn’t get out of bed,” Jamison Isaak narrates, as bells chime over footage of fireworks at night. We hear him ask, “How am I supposed to get through this tour? How am I supposed to get through this day?” Among the many musicians and artists in the Fraser Valley, Jamison Isaak, producing music […]

New Western Jaguar record coming on Mighty Speck Records in 2017

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  Since the early 2015 release of Wayfarer, Western Jaguar has undergone a metamorphosis, from ambient solo project to live rock band. The Mission-based project led by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Jeffrey Trainor has its roots in Jeff’s parents’ basement, gradually growing into a dynamic live act featuring AJ Buckley on drums, (Casinos front man) […]

Apocalypse Underground: Cheap High on their turbulent origins, creative evolution, and debut LP

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By Nick Ubels If you catch Mission’s Cheap High at one of their six fall shows, you’ll be struck by how well everything locks into place. Justin Goyer’s shimmering guitar lines float between his brother Derek’s bass parts while Carlos Mendonca’s unmistakable growl cuts in like a prowling lion. It helps that he ranges across […]

On the nature of concerts: Whoop-Szo and co. open a window into local concert culture

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Ontario folk/metal outfit WHOOP-SZO were joined by Chastity and Abbotsford’s own Villain Villain on June 30 at Brothers Bowling and Billiards, performing for a packed house. If there’s one thing that struck me while I bopped my head along to the hazy incarnation of surf-pop Villain Villain showered guests with, it was the fact that […]

An interview with Astrid Lyre

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Astrid Lyre, lead singer and guitarist for the Nanaimo based alt-rock group Eleanore, returned to her hometown of Abbotsford in late July. During her short stay Astrid, who underwent a transition from male to female, visited CIVL Radio’s studios at UFV to discuss Eleanore’s debut album, and the state of gender and sexuality in Canada’s […]

Getting in on the ground floor: James Kasper shares experience starting Fraser Valley Music Awards

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In anticipation of the first-ever Fraser Valley Music Awards, I sat down with FVMA Coordinator James Kasper to talk about the awards and the local music scene. As well as being a musician and a founder of Mighty Speck Records, Kasper started and organized the Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMAs) for 11 years.