Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Buffy Sainte-Marie making only N.S. tour appearance Thursday at MTCC

In the only Nova Scotia appearance on her current tour, Buffy Sainte-Marie will perform at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre Thursday night.

The internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter first emerged on the music scene in the 1960s and by age 24 she had appeared in Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia. Her song "Until It's Time for You to Go" was recorded by a number of musical legends including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and Cher, and her "Universal Soldier" song became an anthem of the peace movement. For her first album, Sainte-Marie was voted Billboard's Best New Artist.

She joined the cast of Sesame Street in 1975 for five years and continued to appear at countless grassroots concerts, AIM (American Indian Movement) events and other activist benefits in Canada and the U.S. Throughout her career she has released 18 albums and three of her own television specials. She also scored movies, helped to found Canada's Music of Aboriginal Canada Juno category, taught digital music as an adjunct professor at several colleges, and won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the song "Up Where We Belong," which she co-wrote. She has received numerous other honours, medals and awards, including an induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Sainte-Marie's latest album "Running for the Drum," which was released in 2009, earned her a third Juno Award. The recording was packaged with the bio-documentary DVD "Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life."

Doors to the concert in Membertou will open at 7:15 p.m. and show time is 8:30 p.m., when Yukon singer-songwriter Kim Beggs will open for Sainte-Marie.

Beggs recently released her fourth album, "Beauty and Breaking," featuring 14 original tracks as well as one traditional song previously recorded by Bob Dylan.

A four-time Western Canadian Music Award nominee and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Beggs is widely considered among the territory’s most successful exports. She has toured Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Tickets to the show are $48.50 in advance, and $55 the day of the show, and are on sale at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre box office, which can be reached by phone at 539-2300.

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