Cathy Busby at the Steve's Vinyl installation

In 1993, music loving Steve Busby died of AIDS-related illness, leaving a large and eclectic record collection to his sister, artist Cathy Busby. After 15 years of keeping the collection, Cathy organized a one-night celebration and album give away to benefit an AIDS service organization, as a means of “turning the weight of this collection into lightness, activating it to make something interesting happen, with the funds raised going to continue important work in our community.”

The one-night only event is now a book, Steve’s Vinyl, with writing from Steve and Cathy, photos from the album give-away, and memories of Steve collected the night of the event. Like the event itself, the book is a tribute to Steve and his varied tastes in music, men, and identities and a way of activating the collection as music and graphics. It will be on sale at Printed Matter.

Hear Cathy speak about her brother, and the book at TALK, a Day With(out) Art event on December 1.

Cathy Busby is an artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has exhibited her large-scale installations and printed matter in Canada and internationally. She was recently artist-in-residence with the Institute of Art, Religion and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, New York and then at Emily Carr University, Vancouver, where she made this book. She has been a visiting researcher with a Fulbright Fellowship at New York University and she is currently a visiting professor at the University British Columbia, Vancouver.