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Abbotsford – CIVL-FM is proud to announce the keynote speaker for the 2020 Fraser Valley Music Awards, legendary Canadian broadcaster, film-maker and actor, Sook-Yin Lee!

This year’s stream will take place on November 19th at 7 pm. Visit to check out and listen to all of the nominees, and vote in the Dakota Leslie Memorial Fan Vote – voting deadline November 18th at 11:59 pm. #FVMA20 to support your favorite artists!

Lee is a Canadian filmmaker, musician, actor, and multimedia artist. The former MuchMusic VJ is an award-winning radio and TV broadcaster with CBC Radio, CBC TV, and the BBC.

Sook-Yin starred in John Cameron Mitchell’s groundbreaking LGBTQ movie Shortbus which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Year of the Carnivore, Leeʼs feature film debut as writer-director starring Cristin Milioti, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her work has been presented by Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Festival of New Dance.

In 2019 she wrote and starred in Unsafe at Canadian Stage that looked at questions of censorship and artistic freedom. Sook-Yin won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress for her role as “Olivia Chow” in Jack. She has been twice nominated for Canadian Screen Awards for her original film scores and plays in the bands JOOJ co-led with Adam Litovitz and Lee & Gamble Unlimited. Her movie, Octavio is Dead! a supernatural ghost story starring Sarah Gadon and Rosanna Arquette won Best Director and Best Picture awards at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival 2018. Her feature movie Death and Sickness co-created with Dylan Gamble will premiere on CBC Gem in Canada on November 20.

More About the Dakota Leslie Memorial Fan Vote: Dakota hosted the Generation Z Show on CIVL until 2015, and was keen (read lovingly: precocious) when it came to modernizing how things work in the institutional world and making it work better for youth. Dakota tragically passed away in an accident about a year before the first Fraser Valley Music Awards, and his family came up with the generous idea of donating $750 to the battle of the bands we held that year. We decided that every year after that, we’d make a similar contribution in his honour. We’d love it if you keep him in mind while you jocky for this exciting award, and appreciate the opportunity his family has helped us create to both remember Dakota and make an impact in our community like he did.

In 2017, CIVL named our broadcast studio after Dakota and another long time volunteer who passed away in 2015, by unveiling a plaque on the door, article here.