Monday, May 28, 2018
Riddell Centre - RC 170 University Theatre
The legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform a solo concert for Congress 2018. Sainte-Marie is a world renowned Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist and winner of countless awards. She has described her latest album, Medicine Songs, as "a collection of front line songs about unity and resistance" that she hopes will "rock your world and inspire new ideas." She was born on the Piapot First Nation in the Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, and has strong ties to a number of communities in the province.
Buffy Sainte-Marie is touring constantly, and coming off her critically acclaimed, award-winning 2015 album Power in the Blood, nobody could ever accuse the Academy Award-winning songwriter of taking it easy. Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo. Sainte-Marie has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry. In 1969, she made one of the world’s first electronic vocal albums; in 1982 she became the only Indigenous person to win an Oscar; she spent five years on Sesame Street where she became the first woman to breastfeed on national television. She’s been blacklisted and silenced. She’s written pop standards sung and recorded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. She penned “Universal Soldier,” the definitive anti-war anthem of the 20th century. She is an icon who keeps one foot firmly planted on both sides of the North American border, in the unsurrendered territories that comprise Canada and the USA. In today’s climate of damaging #fakenews and toxic hubris, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s incisive honesty, clarity, and intelligent compassion stand out in sharp relief (source: http://buffysainte-marie.com/).
Speakers: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Singer-songwriter and music legend | auteure-compositrice-interprète et légende de la musique