In 2012, for the 35th anniversary of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, festival goers and artists were encouraged to submit their fond memories of years gone by to the Memory Project online. And you certainly did! We commissioned Veda Hille – singer, songwriter, composer and all-round creative force – to pour over these, and from your words she created The Memory Project.
Some memories are ephemeral – here one moment and gone forever. And it might have been that way with last summer’s Sunday evening performance of Veda Hille & The Memory Choir. The concert was not recorded.
But thanks to Veda Hille, Geoff Berner, Dan Mangan, Patsy Klein, Marta Jaciubek-McKeever, Ford Pier, Martin Walton, Barry Mirochnick, Dawn Pemberton, Doug Kellam, Dylan Rawlyk, Eric Napier, Gráinne Sheridan, Heather Meori, Jennifer Gibson, Kate Henderson, Kelsey Zachary, Lucas Hille, Pietro Sammarco, Rachel Strobl, Anne Grier, Sammy Newton, and Tyler Morgenstern, along with the engineering of Colin Stewart and Mariessa McLead at The Hive, you can hear it again.
As a 35th anniversary gift, all these artists went into the studio this spring and recorded the songs. Now, in the quiet of your own space, you too can relive those 25 minutes and be reminded of what fantastic artists we have living in our city, and just what an incredible place this weekend is each July.
The Memory Project is available for download here.
And just as these artists gave it to us as a gift, we hope you too will make a gift of a donation to the Festival for your download via Canada Helps. Enjoy!
Check out and contribute your memories to the Memory Project tumblr page HERE.