VIGF in the news
Meredith Coloma, Vancouver's luthier extrordinaire
CBC NORTH BY NORTHWEST, June 24, 2017
Before she was old enough to vote, Meredith Coloma had apprenticed under the likes of Rodger Sawdowsky who has built guitars for some of the world's biggest rock stars, including Brice Springsteen and Prince.
Festival international de guitares à Vancouver
Phare Ouest de Radio-Canada à Vancouver, June 22, 2017
Québec-based luthier Marc Saumier discusses the upcoming Vancouver International Guitar Festival in this French-language interview.
Guitar festival shines spotlight on luthier’s craft
Westender, June 20, 2017
From the student dorm to the stadium stage, the global popularity of the guitar is indisputable. So it’s curious that their construction remains something of an unrecognized art.
Perhaps that’s because it takes a certain type of person to build a guitar from scratch; someone like Andy Powers, who has been doing it since he was a kid....
Guitar heroes: Vancouver festival to celebrate luthiers and their craft
vancouver sun, june 20, 2017
Linda Manzer remembers it like it was yesterday, even though it happened in 1996. She moved her spray gun slowly from side to side, passing a blue mist over the soundboard of the guitar with hypnotic precision, gradually layering colour on the instrument she had painstakingly built. Manzer, a master luthier, had already toiled more than 100 hours on the project....
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL players and makers come together in the tone zone
BEATROUTE, JUNE 19, 2017
Meredith Coloma is a luthier. She meticulously handcrafts her instruments, shaping British Columbian wood into magnificent stringed boxes of expression. Side-by-side with students, Coloma teaches her fine skills and shares her experiences. It was in one of her building classes where she met Shaw Saltzberg. He asked Coloma what was next on the young and experienced luthier’s list of aspirations...
A celebration of strings, shredders and the wonder of wood
Vancouver Courier, June 16, 2017
Jean Larrivée has a pretty sweet set-up for a guy in his golden years: constant California sun, a huge yard and a golf course right across the street from his home.
And yet he prefers to putter around an indoor shop, covered in dust and wood chips from head to toe.
“I don’t like golfing and gardening is not for me even though I have a big garden,” Larrivée told the Courier from his home in Oxnard, Calif. “It’s one of those things where you become addicted — after 50 years of building guitars, you don’t just walk away from it.” ...
Vancouver International Guitar Festival celebrates six-string art
Georgia Straight, June 14, 2017
It’s bringing builders and buyers from all over the world into town; features workshops, performances, and master classes; and is aimed at celebrating the world’s most popular musical instrument. So, as a title, “Vancouver International Guitar Festival” seems perfectly appropriate—if a little subdued, for what’s really going on could just as easily be called “The Art of the Guitar”...
Guitar-makers from around the world gather for the first Vancouver International Guitar Festival
Inside Vancouver, June 13, 2017
From June 23-25, guitar makers, players, collectors and aficionados will gather for the first event of its kind in Western Canada. The inaugural Vancouver International Guitar Festival is three days of master classes, workshops, exhibitions and special events taking place at The Chinese Cultural Centre (50 E. Pender St.). There’s also live music, including a show from Hayley McLean. Fender recently listed the former Vancouverite as #1 of the Top 10 Guitar Goddesses, calling her “the notable Canadian beauty [who] is positively bursting with talent.”...