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Since she burst onto the scene with the anti-war anthem “Universal Soldier,” Buffy Sainte-Marie has been applying her infinite creativity to music, visual art, education, and social justice. The Saskatchewan-born Cree artist was the first and only Indigenous North American person to win an Academy Award, for writing the Billboard chart-topping hit “Up Where We Belong” from the feature film An Officer and a Gentleman. Over the past year, Sainte-Marie was awarded the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and two JUNO Awards for her internationally acclaimed album Power in the Blood. Her famous set of protest and love songs have been covered by everyone from Elvis to Courtney Love. An early pioneer of electronic music (her 1970 album Illuminations developed a cult following amongst art students), her work was even sampled by Kanye West. A performer every bit as fiery as her lyrics, she brings her high-powered band to The Appel Room for a show that introduces the songwriter’s voice back into her hits and shines a light on lesser-known gems.


Photo: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Photo by: Matt Barnes

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