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Photos: Passionate performance by Buffy Sainte-Marie kicks off Northern Lights

Four-day festival continues until Sunday

Northern Lights Festival Boréal kicked off last night with a command performance from one of North American folk music's most iconic figures: Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Thursday evening — the festival has added an extra day this year — featured a full lineup of Aboriginal musicians culminating in a performance by Sainte-Marie, the Academy Award-winning veteran of the music business.

“Presenting various Indigenous artists has always been part of Northern Lights' booking mandate,” festival director Max Merrifield told “This is an expansion or special highlight, being a little different than what we normally do.”

Visit the festival's website for tickets and more information.

Tonight, Kelowna, B.C., indie rock outfit Yukon Blonde is the headliner. A truly Canadian group, A Tribe Called Red, who marry traditional Aboriginal music with hip hop, reggae and dubstep, takes the stage at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre.

NLFB closes on Sunday night with a double-header performances from multi-instrumentalist Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Andy Schauf and husband-and-wife folk rockers, Whitehorse.

Music festivals, folks, you gotta love summer in Northern Ontario.

Photography for this event was provided by Marg Seregelyi Photography.