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

Indigenous Summer Music Festival Guide 2011

Here is RPM’s Turtle Island-wide list of summer music festivals featuring Indigenous artists in their line-ups. The good news is there are many – you’ll be able get a dose of Indigenous music culture at a festival near you, wherever you live. …read more »