Buffy Sainte-Marie

Based In: Hawaii, USA

Buffy Sainte-Marie is an internationally renowned recording artist, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards (Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe, among them). With an esteemed career spanning five decades to date, Sainte-Marie is widely known for her 1960s protest anthems (“Universal Soldier”, “Now That The Buffalo’s Gone”), open-hearted love songs such as “Until It’s Time for You to Go” (which has been recorded by a lengthy list of international stars including Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, and Cher), incendiary powwow rockers like “Starwalker”, and the juggernaut Academy Award-winning pop hit “Up Where We Belong.” Her bold new album, Power in the Blood, is an honest reflection of the Cree singer-songwriter and begins where it all started more than 50 years ago, with a contemporary version of “It’s My Way,” the title track of her 1964 debut. Its message, about the road to self-identity and the conviction to be oneself, is one that still resonates with Sainte-Marie, and is among the hallmarks of her catalog – the eclecticism and compassion she brings to each album, oblivious to genre boundaries and production trends – that are in glorious bloom throughout Power in the Blood.

Artist: Buffy Ste Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie Interviews on Democracy Now and CBC Radio

Gemini and Juno award-winning Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie recently sat down with Democracy Now to talk about the origins of her love for music, her early family life, and her life as an activist. CBC Music documentary maker Philip Coulter also recently honored Sainte-Marie and her nearly 50 year-long career with a piece created from over 30 years of archived interviews with the singer, songwriter, visual artist and activist. …read more »

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations 2012

National Aboriginal Day in Canada means a lot of live Indigenous music and parties will be taking place across the country. Here are RPM’s pick for music to check out this Abo day. …read more »

In Discussion with Buffy Sainte-Marie at imagineNATIVE 2011

At last week’s imagineNATIVE film and new media festival, a panel discussion was presented with Indigenous icon Buffy Sainte Marie. Hosted by Wab Kinew, Buffy shared her thoughts on publishing copyright, how to stay healthy on the road, an upcoming biography, and just where Indigenous people come from.  …read more »

VIDEO: Komasket Music Festival 2011 Playlist

This past weekend marked the 10th annual Komasket Music Festival at Nkampulx on Lake Okanagan in unceded Syilx Okanagan Territory. Indigenous artists Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dallas Arcand and Geroge Leach were there and houseofinvention captured Buffy’s voice, Dallas’ moves and George’s fast fingers. …read more »