Abbotsford – Blessed, the Fraser Valley’s most innovative and dedicated band are releasing their first full length record ‘Salt’ this Friday, April 5th at the Abbotsford Rugby Club.

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Flanked by the most nominated artist in Fraser Valley Music Awards (FVMA) history, Kristin Witko, as well as supporting acts The Sylvia Platters, and this year’s FVMA winner in the Rock category, Warm Amps, Blessed will perform material off of their new record at home for the very first time.

These songs have been showcased in Toronto, across the states, at festivals (Treefort in Idaho) and showcases at Breakout West and South by Southwest (SXSW) with legendary artists like Wintersleep and …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead.” Says CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy, “Finally, it’s time for the hometown crowd to have their mind blown like everyone else who’s experienced these instant classics live.

Ahead of it’s release, ‘Salt’ was already added last week to the 11th most campus radio station libraries of any record released for promo in all of North America.

CIVL’s Music Director Audrey MacDonald, who was recently appointed to the Polaris Music Prize Jury that adjudicates Canada’s top independent music award, says of the breadth of talent burgeoning in the Valley: “I’m constantly amazed by the diversity, creativity and skill of the artists in the Fraser Valley! I’m so thrilled to see these artists finally starting to gain the recognition and accolades they deserve beyond the Valley. Don’t miss this show!”

DJing in between sets will be international touring artist Teen Daze, who himself has just released brand new video content to go along with the brand new album ‘Bioluminescence’.

According to Levy: “As a member of the Abbotsford Arts Council, CIVL is dedicated to supporting and enriching access to the arts and culture community within both Abbotsford and the broader Fraser Valley as a whole. Events like these where we can demonstrate the widely recognized talent emerging from our community members are so important. They receive tens of thousands of financial support annually from provincial and federal funding bodies based on their professionalism and creativity, so the least we can do is pay $10 on April 5th and enjoy a show you won’t get in any other community around the country.

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