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Mother Mother are among several Vancouverites playing at this year's Summer Live festival.
Mother Mother are among several Vancouverites playing at this year's Summer Live festival.

Hometown heroes: Summer Live performers weigh in on Vancouver Add to ...

125 years of incorporation. Three days of free music. Dozens of local artists. Ahead of this weekend's Summer Live festival at Stanley Park, Western arts correspondent Marsha Lederman polled some of the performing musicians about the city they call home.


Playing Trail's Edge Stage Friday at 10 p.m.

Born on North Shore; lives in East Vancouver.

Favourite Vancouver spot

Caulfeild Rocks, West Van. It overlooks Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge and the city, and behind you are the mountains. I used to go there and drink and have fires and freestyle. I've written a lot of songs in that little piece of paradise.

Lousy Vancouver memory

The Vancouver storm that knocked a lot out of Stanley Park. Coming back from touring and seeing Stanley Park beaten up with a receding hairline like mine, it was a heartbreaker.

A birthday wish for Vancouver's 125th

How about a new lane on the Lions Gate Bridge? I can get to my mom on the North Shore faster.

Mother Mother

Playing Main Stage Friday at 9:45 p.m.

Answers from front man Ryan Guldemond, who's been living in Vancouver for nine years.

Lousy Vancouver memory

Arriving here at first was a little grim. Felt like a real loser bag small fry with zero direction. That lasted about a year.

On Vancouver's music scene

It's really good. A music scene can sometimes suffer due to lack of diversity, but that's Vancouver's strong point. But the curfews are too early. Deep in the night is when magic happens.

Vancouver's birthday wish for its 125th

"I wish I were cheaper to live in."

The Zolas

Playing Trail's Edge Stage Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Tom Dobrzanski and Zachary Gray were both born and raised in Metro Vancouver.

Great Vancouver memory

TB: Playing hooky from elementary school with dad to catch an afternoon Canadians baseball game at Nat Bailey.

Lousy Vancouver memory

TB: Getting in trouble the next day when our picture was on the front of the sports section.

On Vancouver's music scene

ZG: We don't have a sound and we live far away from everything, but there's a sense of brotherhood here that makes us want to drag each other all together up the mountain.

Hannah Georgas

Playing Main Stage Saturday at 6:15 p.m.

Has lived in Vancouver for four years.

Favourite Vancouver spot

Trout Lake

Great Vancouver memory

Playing my first full band show in Vancouver, opening for the Wintermitts.

Lousy Vancouver memory

I used to own a Honda Jazz scooter when I first moved out to Vancouver. After playing an open mic one night at Café Deux Soleils, I hopped on my scooter to head home in the rain and it broke down en route. I walked it back in the pouring rain. I never got it repaired and I ended up selling it for parts. I'm sad to this day that I did that.

Said The Whale

Playing Trail's Edge Stage Saturday at 10 p.m.

Answers from co-founder Tyler Bancroft, born and raised in Vancouver.

Favourite Vancouver spot

The middle of English Bay, sitting in a boat.

Great Vancouver memory

Can I say the 2010 Olympics without getting flamed? That was a great two weeks for me. We played some excellent shows, and enjoyed the good vibes in the city. That's not to say it didn't come without consequences …

Lousy Vancouver memory

The five years prior to the Olympics. Construction galore. Oh, and I suppose the post-Canucks riots should go without saying.

Spirit of the West

Playing Main Stage Sunday at 7:45 p.m.

Vancouver-based band (although Hugh McMillan has recently moved to Ontario) who are unabashed coffee snobs and look frumpy in parkas.

Favourite Vancouver spot

John Mann loves the beautiful running trails in the UBC endowment lands; Deep Cove's Geoffrey Kelly enjoys Corey Rock, part of the Baden-Powell Trail; Tobin Frank is partial to the liveliness of Commercial Drive; Vince Ditrich has exceptionally fond memories from many years ago of one truly great dinner date at the Stanley Park Tea House on a perfect summer evening.

On Vancouver's music scene

Vancouver's live music scene is not as vibrant as it once was in the salad days, but … this is a great place to develop as an artist and make your home as you do it. We once told a German fan that we were from Vancouver, Canada, and she replied, "Oh! The perfect city in the perfect country!" She was correct.

Hey Ocean!

Playing Trail's Edge Stage Sunday at 10 p.m.

Grew up in Vancouver.

Favourite Vancouver spot

We have a secret beach we go to near UBC.

Great Vancouver memory

Playing as part of the Olympics was an incredible experience. So many people demonstrating a kind of unity that has carried over still a year later.

On Vancouver's music scene

We always used to say that Vancouver is the new Montreal, and it's true. There's a whole generation of bands that are coming of age right now and we're so pumped to be a part of it.

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