Michelle with a mural featuring a Black woman on a red background

Artists' Memories of Mount Pleasant

Michelle La Flamme began this sound walk about Vancouver's creative hub Mount Pleasant in August 2021. Walk through the area and hear how this location and the people here shaped her artistic path.

Map shows locations in Mount Pleasant closer to grunt gallery
Map showing streets surrounding sound walk, the area closer to Kingsgate Mall in Mount Pleasant in Vancouver

Using Guidemate map below

With Guidemate, visitors can download the app and audio files to walk/roll/drive through the tour (in addition to listening on Digital Stories Canada).

Download Guidemate from the Apple Store or Google Play. There is a cell version for walking/rolling/driving tours – instructions to the right. 

To navigate through the interactive map below, select one of the nine stations listed on the left. Press the green play icon on the far right to listen to the audio. Use black arrows to move to the next station. To read the transcript and look at photos, click on photo at the top left.

Our StoryCloud project is grounded in exchanging stories. If you would like to add your story to this collection or start one of your own, join us for a free Community Digital Storytelling Workshop.

Walk or roll with your cell

If you are walking/rolling/driving through the location, listen with your cell phone’s data plan.

1. While you have wifi, locate your tour on Guidemate and download the files onto your phone. You will be asked to share your location – then your listening experience will match your location.

2. As you walk closer to each geolocation, the audio will play back through the app.

3. Our StoryCloud project is grounded in exchanging stories. If you would like to add your story to the collection or start one of your own, join us for a free Community Digital Storytelling Workshop.

Credits

Writer and Digital Storyteller: Michelle La Flamme
Audio Recording: Lorna Boschman

Photos: Sebnem Ozpeta 

La Flamme Reflection

This project unearthed many memories for me.  In my mind and heart, it transformed from an audio project to be shared with others into an interior journey into memories triggered by key places in the community.  I had thought I would follow a script but once I arrived at each setting, new feelings were evoked and feelings bubbled up so the flow was more organic than I had anticipated.  

This workshop was a cathartic experience and I would highly recommend this workshop for anyone who has deep links to place and space.  It brings one into contact with self and chips away at the corroded hard-drive of our memories to re-ignite the link between self and space and place.  It also brings others who will access the app onto that journey and into those shared memories.

Working with Lorna and Sebnem felt very easy, comforting and supportive to me.  The process included regular check-ins, autonomy and an openness to feedback.  Most importantly, they both had a great deal of regard for the emotional and spiritual process required to excavate and hold memories.  In a way, they became much more than technical support and producers, I felt like they were witnesses on a small but significant journey with me.  

After completing this workshop, I feel like I have stitched together three phases of my life by story and location.  I am truly excited (and nervous) to share these with others.  I hope this little walk with me will inspire others to mark their journey by taking this workshop and storying their links to space and place.

This prototype sound walk was funded by the City of Vancouver through the grunt gallery.Our walk takes place on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

michelle la flamme searching for my sisters eyes
Play Video about michelle la flamme searching for my sisters eyes

Michelle’s sound walk was inspired by her earlier video, Searching for my Sister’s Eyes, completed during another grunt gallery workshop.

Created during grunt gallery’s 2021 Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen Digital Storytelling geolocation audio workshop as a prototype. grunt gallery was founded in 1984 in Vancouver, BC with the vision to become an internationally renowned artist-run centre and further the practice of contemporary art. Through the exploration of our diverse Canadian cultural identity, we are able to offer public programming in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, publications, and other special projects in the community. Our mandate is to inspire public dialogue by creating an environment conducive to the emergence of innovative, collaborative, and provocative contemporary art.

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