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Academy Award–winner Buffy Sainte-Marie’s audacious attitude to life on and off the stage has inspired people around the world for over four decades. Not one to rest on her accomplishments, Buffy Sainte-Marie has never stopped channelling her infinite musical and artistic creativity. As one of the most spellbinding artists of our time, Buffy Sainte-Marie gracefully combines a high energy stage presence with cerebral songs that tell powerful stories. This rare and primal blend is a welcome joy to festivals and concert halls around the world.
Sean Conway is an Ojibway singer, songwriter and guitarist from Curve Lake First Nation. A high-energy performer with an eclectic style ranging from Western swing, jazz, country and rockabilly, Sean Conway and his band, The Shiners, are a real treat for true roots music revival fans. Sean is known for his guitar work in many roots bands from Vancouver to Toronto. Conway has started to step out on his own to the acclaim of all who see his performances.
Lena Recollet is a singer, spoken word artist and visual artist from Wikwemikong, Ontario. She has performed at The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, The Harmony Movement Awards for Jessica Yee, the Great Hall, APTN's Rez Tunes and Planet Indigenous with Red Slam Collective from 2007 - 2010. Lena released her first solo EP in 2011 on National Aboriginal Day with performances at Dundas Square and Augusta House. She has also opened for Kinnie Starr and The Breaking Wind and Blue Diamond at “Living in the Six at Woodland Cultural Centre.”
SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH EXCHANGE
As part of the Spotlight on South Africa, two Khoi-San youth will travel to imagineNATIVE to collaborate with two Toronto-based First Nations youth on a unique crosscultural, artistic and professional development exchange through which they will create video works celebrating two Indigenous musical icons from their respective countries. The first video will be inspired by the life and career of legendary Cree musician, activist and educator Buffy Sainte-Marie, which will have its world premiere before Buffy's headlining performance.