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Buffy Sainte-Marie

Tuesday, October 4, 8:00 PM
Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre
1007 Trunk Rd

The Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, is a winner of countless awards (Academy Award, JUNO Award, Golden Globe and Polaris Music Prize winner).  You’ll know Sainte-Marie from her 1960s protest anthems (“Universal Soldier”), open-hearted love songs (“Until It’s Time for You to Go”), incendiary powwow rock (“Starwalker”), or the juggernaut pop hit “Up Where We Belong,” which Sainte-Marie co-wrote and Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sang for the soundtrack to An Officer and a Gentleman.

One of her earliest classics, “Cod’ine,” was covered by everyone from Janis Joplin to Donovan to Courtney Love. She also spent five years on the television show “Sesame Street” beginning in the mid-’70s.  Whatever the case, every song and every era has revealed new and distinctive shades of an artist revered for her pioneering and chameleon ways.  Her latest album, Power In The Blood, is a reminder that, five decades on, it is still futile to silence artists or to put Sainte-Marie in any single category. She simply doesn’t fit. “I love words, I love thinking, and I recognize and value the core of a universal idea simplified into a three-minute song,” she says. “What appealed to me in folk music were the songs that have lasted for generations, but I wasn’t trying to be one of those guys. I wanted to give people something original.”

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