Buffy Sainte-Marie
October 15, 2012
Buffy Sainte-Marie biography by Blair Stonechild
Buffy Sainte-Marie: It's My Way biography by Blair Stonechild
Buffy Sainte-Marie: It's My Way
by Blair Stonechild, Ph.D
Fifth House Publishers | September 30, 2012 | Paperback

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Buffy Sainte-Marie is a symbol of the free expression movement of the 1960s and her powerful songs inspired countless people seeking hope and change. Her life has been one of transitions; from songwriter to famous intellectually-oriented folk and protest singer, to country and western and rock and roll musician, to social activist, mother, script-writer, actress, digital artist, philanthropist, and educator. Within all these roles, and throughout her incredibly diverse and engaging, though private, life, Buffy Sainte-Marie has cultivated her unique vision for achieving collective beauty and purpose in the often lonely world of global concert touring.

In this ambitious biography of an international cultural icon, Blair Stonechild seeks to bring together the many facets of a remarkable life, and to develop a sense of the woman behind it all. In doing so, Stonechild (Cree historian and head of Native Studies at First Nations University) also traces some of the tumultuous history of the Cree people, and offers a fascinating, and challenging, view into the impoverished Saskatchewan reserve where Sainte-Marie may have been born, and an exploration of the story and context of a Native culture which Buffy continues to inspire today.

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October 15, 2012
Buffy Sainte-Marie art exhibit at Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Elder Brothers
Buffy Sainte-Marie | 16 Million Colours
October 12-27, 2012

Curatorial Brief

"The reality of the situation is that we are not all dead and stuffed in some museum with the dinosaurs: we are here in the digital age. To me, a Macintosh is a natural and easy to learn tool, and it belongs in the hands of our beadworkers and powwow singers, our linguists, our historians." - Buffy Sainte-Marie

The work of Buffy Sainte-Marie echoes the love of experimentation displayed in her celebrated career as musician, activist, educator and digital artist. Sainte-Marie's visual work is multilayered, technically and conceptually: the outcome is an unexpected display of images at once traditional and futuristic.

As an artist, Sainte-Marie has been working in the digital realm since 1984. Constant travel prevented Sainte-Marie from working within a sedentary studio so she created a virtual studio in the form of a MacPaint program on a tiny 128K computer. Currently Sainte-Marie works back and forth between a wet studio and a digital one where each piece experiences various techniques and processes before completion. The result is work that beautifully balances the hyper-reality of the digital image with the intimacy of the artist's hand.

In her work, Sainte-Marie creates a sensory experience of color. The faces and hands of her subjects peer out from a background jungle of neon rainbows. She pairs an abstract, ecstatic vibrancy against classic portraits that is simultaneously serious and psychedelic.

The arrangement and choices of color form a unique sensuality in the collection. Each image evokes a myriad of ideas and techniques; Native American identity, mysticism, and history are illuminated with an enormous array of color and texture. Traditional subjects such as a young warrior, elders, and a mythical trickster known as Wesakechak combined with multimedia design creates a thread between historical and contemporary native culture. The viewer can see the influence of beadwork in the scattered pixels of electric color lying flat on the surface of the print.

Within Sainte-Marie's virtual world wild cats and teepee villages stand alongside Hawaiian hula dancers and dolphins in the intersection between black light posters and impressionism. Sainte-Marie has the ability to straddle unlikely genres and blend them harmoniously; the image contains enormous activity, but it is never overwhelmed. In content and material Sainte-Marie weaves seamlessly from one aesthetic to the next; the tropics and the prairies, history and nostalgia, forming a picture of the natural and the unnatural.

- Jessica Evans

January 4, 2012


December 5, 2011
Buffy Sainte-Marie – The Roots of Inspiration

Composing a Dream

I was about three years old when a piano became my toy, and I composed my first song around then. Since it was play for me, I just did it until the song was the way I liked it. I’m still the same way.

Music composition is my passion, or my superhobby, so I get right into it and can’t get it out of my head.

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December 14, 2010
'Starwalker' live performance - video
Live performance of the song "Starwalker" from the album "Up Where We Belong". Click here to watch:

November 16, 2010
NEW video - live performance of Cho Cho Fire
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November 15, 2010
Reviews & Interviews on new releases
Review for re-released CD "Up Where We Belong":
"It's almost 40 years since the Canadian folk singer struck a chord with British audiences with the movie theme Soldier Blue. This set of 15 of her greatest hits is testimony to her never-tiring prowess as a prolific songwriter, peace campaigner and native American heroine. Listen to Universal Soldier and try to disagree."
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UpBeat: Buffy Sainte-Marie Exclusive
Excerpt from an interview with The Beat magazine, London, November 2010:
"Buffy Sainte-Marie is an international superstar performer, an anti-war and rights icon, and a leading songwriter who has given the world classics like "Up Where We Belong" and "Until It's Time for You to Go".

The lists of artists who have covered her songs is a true accolade to her gift to write numbers that so vividly and movingly bring into focus how we can all be touched by subjects like love, war, rights, religion and mysticism.

Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Francoise Hardy, Cher, Joe Cocker and Bobby Darin are a few of the virtual who's who of the music business who have tapped into her rich catalogue.

For someone who has achieved so much – she also wrote one of the greatest peace anthems 'Universal Soldier' – Buffy shows no signs of letting up and still has ambitions to fulfill.

"Yes I do! I wake up in the morning feeling like somebody shot me out of a slingshot! Somehow I've got a lot of energy," Buffy told The Beat by telephone from her home in Hawaii where she has lived for more than 40 years.

Her home underlines how she likes to shun the trappings of stardom and stay close to her Canadian Indian roots.

"I live on a goat farm in the mountains. I'm raising 27 goats and two horses and a kitty cat. Plus I'm on the road with a rock 'n' roll band..."
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November 2, 2010
Web store launched!
Check out our latest men's and women's T-shirts and classic "Buffy" hoodies in the new web store!

September 27, 2010
Buffy Sainte-Marie to play Canada's Walk of Fame
Canada’s Walk of Fame introduces a four-day festival of music, comedy and film, featuring some of Canada’s most iconic performers. Headlining the weekend’s festivities are internationally acclaimed artists Buffy Sainte-Marie, Burton Cummings, and Paul Anka. In total, the festival will announce over 50 performances including a spotlight on 26 emerging artists. The festival will be held at select locations in Toronto October 14 – 17 (catch Buffy on Saturday, October 16 at the Elgin Theatre). Tickets on sale now!

September 2, 2010
New release: The Pathfinder: Buried Treasures

Buffy will be touring in the fall, promoting "Running for the Drum" as well as the just released new CD "The Pathfinder: Buried Treasures." This album is a digitally re-mastered version of three albums: "Buffy," "Changing Woman" and "Sweet America" on the Gypsy Boy Music label, distributed by Appleseed Records in the U.S., and EMI in Canada.

These songs, written in the 1970s and new to most Buffy fans, fit right in with both her classics and more recent songs. Look forward to hearing them live this fall. Tour response to her song Generation live in concert across Canada has been incredible. Hear it here.

» Interview with Buffy, Reviews
» New to listen to, with lyrics: Generation, Sweet Little Vera
» New Touring pictures of Buffy and her band

July 20, 2010
New videos are online
Check out Buffy at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, documentary footage, EPK video and more!

March 16, 2010
Free ringtones for download
Download FREE ringtones for your cell phone from the new album Running for the Drum: No No Keshagesh and Cho Cho Fire, plus the classic song Starwalker.

February 8, 2010
New Video posted
Music video for Fallen Angels is online!

December 8, 2009
Watch music videos and more
A new VIDEO page has been added to the site with music videos, commentary, and news clips. Stay tuned for more videos in the future!

December 2, 2009
Buffy receives 4 awards at CAMA
What a great weekend! Buffy was in Hamilton, Ontario and on-hand to accept four awards from Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for her album, Running for the Drum.

Buffy recieved: best female artist, best album, best single for "No No Keshagesh" and best songwriter.

What a spectacular way to wrap up November. Who knows what December will bring?

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November 30, 2009
Listen to new audio clips
Audio clips from selected songs have been added to the discography, including all songs from Buffy's latest CD, Running for the Drum.

BONUS: Listen to the complete audio from Buffy Sainte-Marie classics Until It's Time For You To Go, Starwalker, and Universal Soldier.

View all the audio clips here:

November 24, 2009
Tour Photos & Info
Check out the latest photos and details about Buffy's current tour for her new CD, Running for the Drum, accompanied by a hot 5-piece all-Aboriginal band. The tour takes her throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.

October 8, 2009
Welcome to the new Buffy Sainte-Marie.com!
We are excited to announce the launch of a new website at buffysainte-marie.com. The newly redesigned site includes a complete discography and photo gallery of Buffy's career, spanning 18 albums and hundreds of songs, plus an in-depth look at her classic "Universal Soldier".

Listen to audio clips and view lyrics from all songs on her latest critically acclaimed album, Running for the Drum (2009), released as a 2-disc set with an additional bio-documentary DVD, Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life.

Coming soon: cell phone ringtones of Buffy's classic songs, additional audio clips from previous albums, and more!

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