Born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah, and armed with only her violin, loop pedal and voice, singer/songwriter Hannah Epperson is quietly rising in Western Canada’s music scene as a wild talent from Vancouver’s rising tide of indie artists. With just a 5 track home-recorded, self-released EP to her name, Hannah’s emergence as one of Canada’s ‘top artists to watch in 2013’ (CBC Radio) has been driven by word-of-mouth praise for her unguarded and deeply intimate solo performance. Calling Vancouver home since 2002, she began collaborating with highly acclaimed independent musicians across the city. However, it wasn’t until a year-long hiatus from her studies in Human Geography at UBC that she began developing her solo project, experimenting with a loop pedal and her violin under derelict bridges in Berlin.

1) Why does voting matter to you?
“I think I actually see voting as a courageous act, that has more to do with fighting for and asserting our freedoms than anything. Courage is associated with the freedom of choice, and it is this freedom which gives meaning to courage. Voting matters because it’s an essential expression of both our individual and collective determination to attain and improve the conditions of living in freedom – freedom of exploitation, and freedom for all to be equal beneficiaries of the world’s material and spiritual production.”
2) What is one thing you’d like to see happen over the next five years – either here in YVR, or nationally?
“The first thing that comes to mind is repealing the chilling C-51 legislation, which got rammed through Parliament by the Harper Conservative government and poses a deeply concerning threat to creative arts and free expression in Canada.”
3) Can you name a time you felt part of a movement or cause? How did that community come together? What did that experience feel like?
“I kind of feel like every creative project I’ve ever been involved with has been a movement or a cause, even in and of itself. I mean, there is always the danger that the relative freedom of art can render it meaningless. But it’s this very same freedom that allows art to get as close as it does to expressing the profoundest expectations of a period of time. So being a part of that process with other people is entirely about community and about wrestling with the deeply puzzling nature of living a good, meaningful life. And that experience feels as incredible as it does terrible hahaha.”
4) If you could say one thing to today’s youth about the importance of voting, what would you say?
“I think the actual casting of a ballot is just a small part of the process of voting. I’d urge people to have real, face to face conversations about their voting process, because conversational attention gives people an enduring sense of connectedness to the real-world community, and thus an actual vested interest in the way those communities are being governed.”
5) Will you pledge to vote #InAdvance?
“I’m not actually Canadian so I can’t vote in Canadian elections … which I use as a leveraging point in many face to face conversations I have with folks who tend toward voter apathy. So I can pledge to do my darndest rallying other people to vote #InAdvance on my behalf :)”
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