Due to a combination of contributing factors including travel-induced health concerns and performance-inhibiting physical challenges,

Buffy Sainte-Marie is regretfully announcing her retirement from live performance.



“I have made the difficult decision to pull out of all scheduled performances in the foreseeable future. Arthritic hands and a recent shoulder injury have made it no longer possible to perform to my standards. Sincere regrets to all my fans and family, my band and the support teams that make it all possible.”

Tune in Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV for the Prime Time broadcast Premiere of Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On.


Buffy would like to extend congratulations to everyone connected to this project for the 5 Canadian Screen Academy Award nominations in the following categories:

This special occasion will also feature the broadcast premiere of the Music Video for “What I Wouldn’t Do (North Star Calling)” 

Over 50 music artists contributed to the #FeelOutLoud anthem, “What I Wouldn’t Do (North Star Calling)”. As Honourary Co-Chair of @KidsHelpPhone’s Campaign Cabinet, Buffy is honoured to be a part of this historic movement and invite you to [watch/listen] to this very special song.


Wondering how you can contribute?

To help support Indigenous Education and vital curriculum-enrichment initiatives like the Cradleboard Teaching Project, Please visit the Nihewan Foundation’s new website!


After a world-wind of successful premieres, the film, Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry it On finally launched in the U.S. at the DocNYC film festival.

This amazing full feature documentary, directed by award-winning director, Madison Thomas will make its US television broadcast premiere on PBS!!

PBS American Masters will broadcast the full documentary and feature interview with Buffy herself  on November 22nd at 9pm ET on PBS – check your local listings or download the PBS Broadcast Video App



PBS SoCal on Buffy and her impact through Children’s Television Network and PBS

The Guardian has published a wonderful full interview and review of the documentary.

The New York Times exclusive interview and photo shoot

About the Director:


One of the most compelling and versatile filmmakers working in Canada today, Madison Thomas was named one of Playback Magazine’s “Five Filmmakers to Watch” in 2019. A storyteller of mixed ancestry (Ojibwe/Saulteaux & Russian/Ukrainian settler), Thomas is based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty 1 territory. She has a rapidly growing number of credits as a writer, director and editor across several genres, formats and platforms.

STILL THIS LOVE GOES ON with some magnificent company on the New York Times / New York Public Library Best Children’s Books of 2022 List.
by Buffy Sainte-Marie, illustrations by Métis artist, Julie Flett




Starred Reviews:

Recommended Reads:


To mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, CBC and CBC Gem and APTN will present the National Arts Centre tribute concert honouring Buffy Sainte-Marie as a 90-minute special on Friday, September 30 for audiences across Canada.

CBC Television 7:30 pm   (8:00 NT)

stream on CBC Gem

APTN 8:00 pm

The program will also be available to stream on-demand after the initial broadcast on CBC Gem.

In a special surprise reunion, The Tragically Hip take the stage backing William Prince to celebrate Buffy Sainte-Marie, a board member of Downie Wenjack Fund in the spirit of Gord Downie and his legacy.


The film premieres at TIFF on opening night, Sept. 8, 2022 and will screen

Sept 14, Bytowne, Ottawa
Sept 23, Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto
Sept 30, Playhouse Cinema, Hamilton
Oct 9. Princess Cinema, Waterloo

Atlantic Film Festival, Sept 18
Lunenburg Film Festival, Sept 22
Calgary Intl Film Festival (date TBD Sept 22-Oct 2)

Film POP Montreal (Oct 2)

CBC News and podcast

Globe and Mail Article

Toronto star article