Episode 3 - 2001: A Digital Odyssey

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In this episode of Vancouver Special, we’re talking about the year – 2001 – when a little thing called the iPod was launched. That pocket-sized gadget changed a lot and made digital content more accessible than ever. We’re joined by several guests who talk about the shift to digital – for musicians, for libraries and for the entire creative community.

CBC's Ian Hanomansing sets the scene for 2001 as we feature interviews with Nettwerk Records co-founder and CEO Terry McBride, two-time Juno Award winner Dan Mangan and VPL chief librarian Sandra Singh.

Terry McBride co-founded Nettwerk Records in his apartment in 1984, and since then the Vancouver label has released more than 500 albums selling more than 150 million copies around the world. He talks about those earlier days, and about how digital technology and the VPL Inspiration Lab opened up a world of possibility for creating and sharing.

Dan Mangan financed his first album with a loan from a local credit union. Digital technology was always a part of recording his albums, and over the years the technology has become more accessible – with more impact – than ever. Dan talks about his music, his songwriting and how the free VPL Inspiration Lab can help anyone bring creativity to life.

Sandra Singh worked as a cybrarian in 2001, when job titles reflected the dot-com enthusiasm of the day – a time when Internet domains sold for millions and dozens of search engines wanted to dominate the ‘information superhighway.’ Sandra is now the chief librarian at VPL and she reflects on some of the profound digital changes that transformed how we access and experience our world.

And VPL librarian Tim McMillan brings it all together with some great titles you can find at your library. Hear more about the stories behind Vancouver’s famous music label, a local legendary concert venue and Apple’s iconic design.

The theme song is “North Wind” by Vancouver band Lakefield, from the album Sounds from the Treeline.

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