I think that whatever a person can do in life Native Canadian Buffy Sainte Marie has done. During her life she has been an activist, educator, singer, visual artist, composer, album producer, and musician. Some people get the most out of their short time on this planet…and she is still going strong at age 67.
Born on a reserve in Saskatchewan, orphaned, adopted and raised in the United States, Buffy taught herself how to play piano and guitar at a young age. By the early 60s she was touring as a solo act through concert halls and folk festivals across the continent. She, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young became the faces/voices of young Canada. She was initially know and respected as a talented songwriter and many artists covered her songs. Her songs have been sung by the likes of Joe Cocker, Elvis Presley, Anne Murray, Neil Diamond, and Roberta Flack. Though we all have images of her with her long braids and an acoustic guitar in her hands, Buffy was one of the first musicians who used computers to create her music.
Not one to limit herself, Buffy spent five years on the Sesame Street television show, scored films, founded the Juno Award category called "Music of Aboriginal Canada", earned her Ph.D in Fine Arts, had a son, taught digital music at several colleges, and won an Academy Award (for writing the song "Up Where We Belong").
Up until recently her more recent years have been spent as an educator and activist for Native people. Until her recent release in early 2008 of the album "Running for the Drum", Buffy had been out of the music industry since 1992. Let's welcome her back, Montreal!
-Venue Location: Place des Arts – Theatre Jean-Duceppe
-Ticket Purchase: www.billeterie.pda.qc.ca
-Ticket Price: $47.35 (plus taxes and service charges)
-Show Time: 6:00 p.m.