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Veda Hille

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Veda Hille was born in 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She started playing piano when she was 6 at her own insistence. Her family moved around a lot, from the city to the country and back again. Veda ran around in the woods and the streets, practiced piano, read books and used her Junior Scientist Microscope.

First she played classical music. Then came pop music, and a few years of jazz. There was the ill-fated year as an inept lounge musician. She attended art school studying sculpture, film, and performance art. She also worked as a cook. Veda began writing music in 1990.

Veda put out an indie cassette, ‘Songs About People and Buildings’, in 1992. People liked it and she started playing around town. She slowly started the business of touring Canada, and also began a long relationship with the Canadian modern dance scene. In 1994 she released her first CD, and has released an album roughly every 18 months since then. By the time she started working with her current band (assembled in 1997) she was regularly touring Canada, the US, and Germany.

Veda plays piano and tenor guitar, dabbles in banjo, accordion, and protocols, and has a new love affair going on with a nord electro keyboard and a handful of casios. She writes about the natural world, the trickiness of love, the constant threat of tragedy, as well as very Vancouver subjects such as the late painter Emily Carr (‘Here Is A Picture’) and the missing women of the Downtown Eastside (‘Return of the Kildeer’s ‘Liza Jane’).

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  • csillagosok

    so pure.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • macychick

    Love Veda Hille? Check out Rachael Sage

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • _KevMusic_

    http://www.stopbcartscuts.ca/ Goddamn this world that we have found ourselves in. What sort of insensitive, unfeeling people must it contain for abhorrences like this to happen? I plead, I plead I plead. Is it inevitable? Is this where this world is going? That is a sad thing, and it really just becomes more and more obvious to more each and every day. We will fight. We will create. We will breathe, live and die to music, to art. Because that is all we have left. Nothing but art, nothing but losing ourselves in our own creation. Not Canada. Australia has already gone and we cannot afford to lose any more. Let me leave. Let me float higher away from this forsaken place where no one dreams anymore. A staid fucking shit reality that others simply do not see as so. Stone skinned. But it's becoming more and more obvious. Interesting times are ahead. We shall see what happens. *We* are willing to die for what we believe in. They, simply do not believe in anything. I'll stop ranting now.

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • _KevMusic_

    Incredible. She will be remembered.

    10 Jul 2009 Reply
  • iciclek1139

    Veda is my favorite musical discovery of the past few years. Just amazing. I am obsessed with Return of the Killdeer.

    1 Jul 2009 Reply
  • lucklucky

    Just uploaded a whole whacka-noodle of pictures. Go vote vote vote!

    20 Jun 2009 Reply
  • sleepybomb

    she is an angel!

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
  • SkyBlue20

    Can't wait to see Veda Live!! She is coming to the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival this August! You can see her on the line up at, http://www.rootsandblues.ca

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • lossless777

    She reminds me of Sleeter Kinney, and that's not a slam. Voice like Corin, and piano intensity like Janet's drumming.

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • macychick

    Wow, she's pretty cool!

    2 Dec 2008 Reply
  • sussilo

    Yes I'm totally in love ...Your music and voice..WOW!!!

    3 Nov 2008 Reply
  • lucklucky

    dtrzcin: you can buy all of Veda's albums on her website: www.vedahille.com. There's a few on amazon too. Oh yeah, and I voted! Thanks for the reminder, Raff_1975.

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • dtrzcin

    I can't find her albums anywhere... (besides TRL)

    4 Sep 2008 Reply
  • audioheart05

    Veda, your album Songs about People and buildings was such a memorable part of my teenage years, I still remember the neighborhood song and dance alone.

    2 Sep 2008 Reply
  • lucklucky

    Favourite tracks, anyone? I'm loving 'The Moon' right now, I'm suprised it isn't higher in the charts. :)

    24 Jun 2008 Reply
  • indierockerchic

    oh pretty, what a voice!

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
  • I_am_reos

    !!!!

    9 Jun 2008 Reply
  • _KevMusic_

    The Riot Life is better than Spine?????!!! *Gotta* get it now then......!!!!!! <gets excited>

    31 May 2008 Reply
  • cathedralheat

    This Riot Life is her best work yet!

    21 Mar 2008 Reply
  • flip-flops

    I love love love Veda and it blows my mind that more people don't listen to her, yet at the same time I'm comforted because I don't like sharing. Hahaha.

    18 Nov 2007 Reply
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