Medicine Songs – Available November 10

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s highly anticipated new album Medicine Songs will be released worldwide on November 10, 2017, via True North Records.

 

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Statement from Buffy Sainte-Marie about Medicine Songs:

“This is a collection of front line songs about unity and resistance – some brand new and some classics – and I want to put them to work. These are songs I’ve been writing for over fifty years, and what troubles people today are still the same damn issues from 30-40-50 years ago: war, oppression, inequity, violence, rankism of all kinds, the pecking order, bullying, racketeering and systemic greed. Some of these songs come from the other side of that: positivity, common sense, romance, equity and enthusiasm for life.

I’ve found that a song can be more effective than a 400-page textbook. It’s immediate and replicable, portable and efficient, easy to understand – and sometimes you can dance to it. Effective songs are shared, person-to-person, by artists and friends, as opposed to news stories that are marketed by the fellas who may own the town, the media, the company store and the mine. I hope you use these songs, share them, and that they inspire change and your own voice.

It might seem strange that along with the new ones, I re-recorded and updated some of these songs from the past using current technologies and new instrumentations – giving a new life to them from today’s perspective. The thing is, some of these songs were too controversial for radio play when they first came out, so nobody ever heard them, and now is my chance to offer them to new generations of like-minded people dealing with these same concerns. It’s like the play is the same but the actors are new.

I really want this collection of songs to be like medicine, to be of some help or encouragement, to maybe do some good. Songs can motivate you and advance your own ideas, encourage and support collaborations and be part of making change globally and at home. They do that for me and I hope this album can be positive and provide thoughts and remedies that rock your world and inspire new ideas of your own.”

Medicine Songs is now available for pre-order, order your copy today on iTunes and receive an instant download for the first single, “You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind)“, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s collaboration with Tanya Tagaq.

Buffy Sainte-Marie brings Medicine Songs on the road this Fall, check out the Tour Dates section for scheduled performances and ticket information.

 

Buffy Sainte-Marie & The Regina Symphony Orchestra – October 11

On Wednesday, October 11, Buffy Sainte-Marie and The Regina Symphony Orchestra will join forces for a symphonic experience not to be missed, live at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, SK.

Tickets are on sale now, get yours here.

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Interview with CBC’s q – Live in Washington, D.C.

Earlier this month, Buffy Sainte-Marie sat down with CBC’s q for a live interview at its PRPD Radio Conference showcase in Washington, D.C. Buffy Sainte-Marie chats with CBC q host Tom Power about her forthcoming album Medicine Songs, and later treats the audience to a performance of “Universal Soldier”. Hear it all in the stream here.

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Rare, Solo Performances – 2017

Starting this summer, Buffy Sainte-Marie will be bringing her highly anticipated solo concert to the following cities:

August 7 – Stratford, ON – Stratford Summer Music Festival @ Avondale United Church (SOLD OUT!!)
August 16 – Haliburton, ON – The Forest Festival @ Bone Lake Amphitheatre
August 17 – Owen Sound, ON – Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival @ Kelso Beach Park
August 18 – Peterborough, ON – Peterborough Folk Festival @ Showplace Performance Centre
November 19 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place

Be sure not to miss this very rare opportunity to see Buffy Sainte-Marie live and solo.
Check back in with the tour dates section for additional tour dates (solo, and with her stellar backing band), or subscribe to Buffy Sainte-Marie’s official Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest.

NPR Top 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women – It’s My Way

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s 1964 debut album It’s My Way is among NPR’s Top 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women, coming in at #100.

Check out the full Top 150 list here.

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BBC World Service – The Cultural Frontline Interview

Buffy Sainte-Marie recently appeared on BBC World Service’s The Cultural Frontline for their feature on Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. Buffy weighs in on the occasion, listen to what she has to say in the episode podcast here.

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Canada Games Festival in Winnipeg – Concert Announcement

Buffy Sainte-Marie will return to Winnipeg this summer to perform at the 2017 Canada Games Festival.

The Canada Games Festival will take place at The Forks over July 28 through August 12, and also features performances by Crash Test Dummies, Serena Ryder, Alan Doyle and many other performers from all over Canada.

Check out the Canada Games Festival schedule here for the complete line up.
All performances are free admission.
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs Sunday, August 6 at approx. 8:05pm (times subject to change, check the festival’s websites for updates).

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Canada Scene Ottawa w/ Very Special Guests – July 3

Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform as part of the Canada Scene festival in Ottawa on July 3, 2017, at the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall.
Presented by the National Arts Centre, this performance will feature Buffy Sainte-Marie joined by very special guests Randy Bachman, and DJ Shub, with an opening performance by Leela Gilday.

Tickets for this performance are on sale now, purchase yours online here.

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SummerStage @ Central Park – Concert Announcement

Buffy Sainte-Marie will return to New York City this summer for a performance at SummerStage on Sunday, July 9 at the Central Park stage, with special guests A Tribe Called Red and Iskwé.

SummerStage is the largest FREE performing arts festival in New York City, presenting artists and genres that reflect the diverse cultures and communities in neighborhood parks across the five boroughs to help build new audiences and foster a broader interest in the arts.

Admission is free, head on over to the Summerstage website for more information about the show.

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Regina Folk Festival Announcement

Buffy Sainte-Marie will make her highly anticipated return to the Regina Folk Festival this coming August.

Also featuring performances by Tegan and Sara, Lights, Marty Stuart, Coeur de Pirate and many others, the festival will take place at Victoria Park in Regina over August 10 through August 13, 2017.

Check out the Regina Folk Festival website for the complete line up as well as the schedule updates in the coming weeks. Festival passes are on sale now, get yours online here.

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