Four artists from the Coquitlam scene earn Fraser Valley Music Award nominations

With money up for grabs, here’s who could be recognized as one of our region’s top musicians for their respective genres.

Several Tri-Cities musicians and bands hope to be called upon soon at a popular music festival in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

The 2022 Fraser Valley Music Awards (FVMA) unveiled the names of 36 nominees on Sunday July 10 for their seventh annual show later this month, including four from Coquitlam.

Winners in each category will be announced at Jam in Jubilee, which will take place July 21 at Jubilee Park in Abbotsford and will be presented by CIVL-FM, the University of Fraser Valley’s campus and community radio station.

Etienne Siew, performing that night, is looking to win back-to-back Country Artist of the Year awards after winning it and the fan voting contest in 2021.

And these are Siew’s first-ever FVMA nominations.

The independent musician released his first EP, best man, at Place des Arts in Coquitlam in 2019 in front of a crowd of over 100 people. Siew was also scheduled to tour when COVID-19 ended his plans in March 2020.

This time he faces What We Embrace, another duo from Coquitlam, as well as Mission’s Broadway Crush.

What We Embrace features the husband-wife team of Lindalouise and Dougie Greig who, according to their biography, blend each other’s voices to create a sound ensemble to “infuse your soul with nostalgia and then break your heart”.

This is the couple’s first-ever FVMA nomination. They were also nominated for the Fans’ Choice Award at the 45th Annual BC Country Music Association Awards.

Meanwhile, TestTubeBaby is back on the list for the first time in five years.

His appointment is in the experimental division of the FVMA. The artist was voted electronic artist of the year and excellence by a queer artist in 2017.

In the Jazz category, Marc Rivest, also known as ReeVay, earned his first nomination for the annual show and it stems from his unique blend of folk and pop with the genre.

CIVL-FM says more than $10,000 in cash is expected to be won by the FVMAs, and one winner may have the chance to perform at Mission Folk Festival 2023.

For more information, we invite you to visit the FVMA website.

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