Previously Performed in: 2015, 2011, 2002
(Hawaii) Aboriginal, Folk, Rock
Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a singer, a songwriter, an activist, and a voracious teller of truths for five decades; now, in 2015, her voice is just as important as it was when she first hit the boho folk scenes in Toronto and New York in the early ‘60s. Through international fame and massive songwriting success (“Universal Soldier”, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and “Up Where We Belong”), and despite widespread success and a life spent travelling the world, Buffy Sainte-Marie has always held onto her roots with her characteristic ferocity. Growing up on a Cree reserve in Saskatchewan, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been unfaltering in her quest to give First Nations peoples an increasingly powerful voice through her songs, art, speaking engagements, and other forms of social activism.
Buffy Sainte-Marie’s latest album Power in the Blood reflects her continuing cultural curiosity and endless desire to commune with the audiences that sit before her. With her legacy as a teacher, Academy Award winner, star of the golden age of Sesame Street, and the writer of some of her generation’s most inspiring songs, to say that Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Canadian treasure or a living legend doesn’t even do her justice. Her voice is a fire that won’t stop burning, a free heart that will forever continue to sing. ECB