Buffy Sainte-Marie recently headed into the studio with Tanya Tagaq for a Polaris Collaboration Session. With producer Jon Levine at the helm, the two Polaris Music Prize winners teamed up at The Orange Lounge in Toronto to record “You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind)”. The song was originally written and recorded by Buffy Sainte-Marie for the soundtrack of Spirit of the Wind, the 1979 film inspired by the champion dogsled racer George Attla. This collaboration, presented by Stingray Music and generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, is now available to hear on numerous Stingray Music channels, including Canadian Indie, Adult Alt, Canadian Voices, Canadian Adult Alternative, All Aboot Indie, Canadian Indie Chart and Stingray’s Hall of Fame Picks. A studio performance video of “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)” is also available via the Polaris Music Prize YouTube channel, and you can hear the interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq discussing the collaboration on the latest episode of the Polaris Podcast.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, the iconic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, social activist, educator, philanthropist and visual artist, has been awarded the 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Buffy will receive this honour at the 2017 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 1st in Ottawa, ON, in recognition of her dedication to protecting indigenous communities and indigenous intellectual property, which have been at the epicentre of her lifelong activism.
“I’ve had some great partners in mobilizing my ideas in art, education and technology, especially the W.K. Kellogg Foundation who taught me that there’s a difference between an administrator and a visionary. Both are important but visionaries are seldom pushy in that business way that administrators learn; and visionaries don’t think in corporate pecking order terms so often get squashed out in normal business systems,” said Sainte-Marie. “I’ve been lucky enough to work in both worlds, and although my timing has sometimes been off and gotten my big mouth into trouble, other times, with the help of other people, I’ve been effective beyond my expectations. So I thank all my colleagues in and outof the music business for helping put my songs to work.”
The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award is presented annually at the JUNO Awards, by Bell Media. For more information, including past recipients, head over to the JUNO Awards website.
Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform live at the 2017 Indspire Awards in Ottawa, ON on Friday, March 24, 2017.
The Indspire Awards will be celebrating its 24th anniversary in conjunction with Canada’s 150th anniversary at the National Arts Centre. Ticket packages can be purchased here.
Representing the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers, the Indspire Awards were created in 1993, in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The Awards recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. They promote self-esteem and pride for Indigenous communities and provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth.
Buffy Sainte-Marie will make her highly anticipated return to Australia, concluding 2016 with two rare solo performances at the 31st annual Woodford Folk Festival.
The Woodford Folk Festival, an event of international standing, is held annually over six days and six nights from Dec 27th through to January 1st. More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests. The festival takes place in Woodfordia across multiple venues.
Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform on Thursday, December 29 at Grande, and Friday, December 30th at Garland.
In addition to her performances, Buffy Sainte-Marie will also join host Rhoda Roberts in conversation on Friday, December 30th at Songlines, for a Woodford Folk Festival featured discussion titled Ancient Cultures, New Conversations: The GroundBreakers with Buffy Sainte Marie.
The full festival line up has been announced, check out the 2016 Woodford Folk Festival programme and schedule here.
Festival tickets and passes are also on sale online here.
Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016, San Francisco’s FREE music festival featuring over 100 musical artists over 7 stages. This year’s festival occurs September 30 till October 2.
Buffy will perform on Sunday, October 2 on the Swan Stage.
This is a free admission event, which takes place at Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows), Lindley & Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park.
The full festival line up has been announced, check out who else will be performing this year here.
On Thursday, June 30, join Buffy Sainte-Marie and the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall for an evening of Buffy’s most cherished musical works performed as symphonic orchestrations arranged by fellow Polaris Music Prize winner and composer Owen Pallett, and composer Richie Kohan.
Directing the TSO will be conductor Lucas Waldin, currently the Artist-in-Residence and Community Ambassador with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and collaborator on other such pops symphony performances with artists including Ben Folds, Barenaked Ladies and Natalie MacMaster to name a few.
Over the past week, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been on tour bringing audiences a rare and highly anticipated opportunity to see Buffy perform solo.
For those curious as to what to expect, check out this fantastic review of Buffy’s solo performance at the Kent Folk Stage, courtesy of Cool Cleveland’s Jordan Davis.
Be sure to catch Buffy Sainte-Marie on tour this summer, bringing her solo show to the following cities:
Keep an eye on the tour dates section for additional dates (solo, and with her stellar backing band), and be sure to subscribe to the official Buffy Sainte-Marie Facebook and Twitter pages for tour updates and news.