Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award – Canadian Music Week

Buffy Sainte-Marie will receive the 10th annual Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala.

The Gala will take place in Toronto, ON at the Bluma Appel Theatre during Canadian Music Week.

Each year, Slaight Communications and Canadian Music Week awards an outstanding Canadian artist in recognition of their contribution to social activism and support of humanitarian causes.

Tickets to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala are on sale now.

Congratulations to Buffy Sainte-Marie for this honor!

Australia Tour – April 2020

Buffy Sainte-Marie heads back to Australia in April 2020 for tour dates in the following cities:

April 8 – Sydney, NSW – City Recital Hall
April 9 – Melbourne, VIC – Melbourne Recital Centre
April 10 & 12 – Byron Bay, NSW – Bluesfest Byron Bay
April 15 – Cairns, QLD – Tanks Arts Centre

Tickets for the Sydney, Melbourne, and Cairns performances go on sale Monday, November 4 at 10:00am local time.

The presale begins Thursday, October 31 at 10:00am local time.

Tickets to Bluesfest Byron Bay are on sale now.

Visit the tour dates section for additional tour dates in 2020, or subscribe to Buffy Sainte-Marie’s official Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest.

“Illuminations” Reissue – Record Store Day Black Friday

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s 1969 masterpiece Illuminations turns 50 this year, and to celebrate, the album will be treated to a limited edition vinyl re-issue for Record Store Day‘s Black Friday event on November 29, 2019.

Illuminations is the pioneering sixth studio album from Buffy Sainte-Marie, and broke ground as one of the very first electronic vocal albums. A departure from her previous work, Illuminations incorporates vocals and acoustic guitar along with early electronic synthesizers to create an experimental sound that is wholly unique, even entering avant-garde gothic territory. AllMusic praised that Illuminations is “A treasure that is still ahead of its time,” while Wire listed the album in their roundup of “100 Albums that Set The World On Fire While No-One Was Listening” in 2000. Exclaim! simply called Illuminations “Unrestrained genius.” For its 50th anniversary, the album—which includes psychedelic masterpieces “Poppies”  and “God is Alive, Magic is Afoot” has been remastered from its original analog masters by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, and pressed on 180-gram opaque yellow vinyl at QRP. Housed in an old-school-style tip-on jacket, this special reissue will be limited to 2,000 copies worldwide.

Let your local participating record store know that Illuminations is on your wish list for Record Store Day Black Friday.

Secret Path Live – October 19 in Toronto

Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform as part of a star-studded lineup of special guests at Secret Path Live, a benefit concert to raise funds for the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, taking place at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Secret Path Live is a re-creation of the 2016 performances that brought together renowned musicians to share the Chanie Wenjack story through an immersive multimedia experience.

The project, conceived by Gord and Mike Downie, intertwines the music from the JUNO award-winning album, graphic novel by Jeff Lemire, and the animated film Secret Path to bring to light the painful legacy of Canada’s residential school system, and the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families, to the national stage. The hope was to start a national conversation and further reconciliation.

Taking place during the 2nd annual Secret Path Week, Secret Path Live will return to Roy Thomson Hall almost three years since Gord himself performed the album on the same stage. Featuring the original Secret Path band, surprise guests, dancers, and artists will come together to create a fully immersive and cultural experience that celebrates Indigenous history and commemorates the lives of Gord and Chanie.

Tickets are on sale now. All proceeds raised will support the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Climate First – September 14 in Toronto

Buffy Sainte-Marie will join David Suzuki and Stephen Lewis for a night of conversation about climate change in the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall on Saturday, September 14 at 7pm, to launch David Suzuki and Stephen Lewis’ national Climate First Tour.

These notable climate change experts and environmental advocates will speak about the current issues facing youth as they inherit the challenges of a dramatically changing planet.

The goal of the Climate First Tour is to urge Canadians to consider environmental issues as they head to the polls at the 2019 federal election.

Tickets for the Toronto event are on sale now.

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020

Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform at the 31st annual Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia, taking place over April 9 to 13, 2020.

Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia’s premier contemporary blues & roots music festival, and features 200 performances across multiple stages over five days.

Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform on Friday, April 10 and Sunday, April 12.

Get your tickets, don’t miss out!

“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” Soundtrack

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s recording of “The Circle Game” will appear in the new Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.

The film visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from writer-director Quentin Tarantino features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

Written by Joni Mitchell, “The Circle Game” was first recorded and popularized by Buffy Sainte-Marie.
The recording originally appears on Buffy’s 1967 album Fire & Fleet & Candlelight, and also appears on the soundtrack for the 1970 motion picture The Strawberry Statement.

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and its official soundtrack will be released on Friday, July 26.

2019 Summer & Fall Tour Dates

This summer and fall, Buffy Sainte-Marie hits the road for tour dates in the following cities:

July 11-13 – Samuelsberg, Norway – Riddu Riđđu Festival
August 24 – Whistler, BC, Canada – Whistler Olympic Plaza Pavilion **FREE ADMISSION**
August 26 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Canadian National Exhibition Bandshell
September 13 – Hamilton, ON, Canada – Supercrawl **FREE ADMISSION**
September 15 – Ottawa, ON, Canada – Mòshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival @ National Arts Centre
September 20 – Edmonton, AB, Canada – Francis Winspear Centre
September 22 – Nelson, BC, Canada – The Capitol Theatre **A RARE SOLO PERFORMANCE** – SOLD OUT
September 23 – Vernon, BC, Canada – Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre **A RARE SOLO PERFORMANCE**
September 26 & 27 – Sidney, BC, Canada – Charlie White Theatre at Mary Winspear Centre (2 Nights)
October 10 – Santa Fe, NM, USA – The Lensic Performing Arts Center **A RARE SOLO PERFORMANCE**
October 12 – Pittsburgh, PA, USA – Carnegie Lecture Hall **A RARE SOLO PERFORMANCE**

Check back in with the tour dates section for additional tour dates in 2019, or subscribe to Buffy Sainte-Marie’s official Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest.

Indigenous Day Live 2019 – June 22

Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform at APTN’s Indigenous Day Live 2019 on Saturday, June 22 at The Forks in Winnipeg, MB.

Buffy’s performance takes place on The Forks Mainstage, and will feature a very special collaboration with Randy Bachman.

Indigenous Day Live is free admission, and will also feature performances by The Jerry Cans, The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers with DJ Dash, and Andrina Turenne.

The concert will be broadcast live on APTN, and streamed live

For scheduling and other event information, head over to the Indigenous Day Live website.

CBC Music Festival – May 25

Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform at the 2019 CBC Music Festival in Toronto, ON on Saturday, May 25.

The festival takes place at RBC Echo Beach, and also features performances by Alvvays, Stars, Coeur de Pirate, and more.

Tickets are on sale now, get yours here.


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