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Buffy Sainte-Marie: 'Thank you for naming your city after me'

Legendary singer-songwriter performs at Algoma Fall Festival

A variety of Buffy Sainte-Marie fans were represented at her performance in Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday night – fans of hippie Buffy, activist Buffy, rock Buffy, and even Sesame Street Buffy.

And her setlist pleased them all with selections that included I’m Gonna Be a Country Girl Again, Little Wheel Spin and Spin, Blue Sunday, Darling Don’t Cry, The War Racket, Cripple Creek, Until It’s Time For You to Go, and Universal Soldier.

From her 2015 Polaris Music Prize-winning release Power in the Blood, Sainte-Marie performed It’s My Way, We Are Circling, Farm in the Middle of Nowhere, Generation, and Carry It On.

Hosted by the Algoma Fall Festival, the 75-year-old legend appeared solo at the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre, apologizing for her band’s absence.

“They miss you too,” she joked. “And thank you for naming your city after me.”

Sainte-Marie got especially vocal when she introduced My Country ’Tis of Thy People You’re Dying, and discussed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

“The good news about the bad news is more people know now,” she said.

Small in stature but grand in graciousness, the artist met with fans following her performance, signing autographs and posing for photos.

The Algoma Fall Festival continues with events and performances throughout October, including Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida on Oct. 7, Whitehorse on Oct. 14, A Necessary Discussion featuring Algoma University Chancellor Shirley Horn on Oct. 21, and The Novel Dinner on Oct. 22.

For ticket information and a complete festival schedule, please click here.


Donna Hopper

About the Author: Donna Hopper

Donna Hopper has been a photojournalist with SooToday since 2007, and her passion for music motivates her to focus on area arts, entertainment and community events.
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