Buffy Sainte-Marie is touring constantly, and coming off her critically acclaimed, award-winning 2015 album Power in the Blood, nobody could ever accuse the Academy Award-winning songwriter of taking it easy. Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo.
Sainte-Marie has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry. In 1969, she made one of the world’s first electronic vocal albums; in 1982 she became the only Indigenous person to win an Oscar; she spent five years on Sesame Street where she became the first woman to breastfeed on national television. She’s been blacklisted and silenced. She’s written pop standards sung and recorded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. She penned “Universal Soldier,” the definitive anti-war anthem of the 20th century. She is an icon who keeps one foot firmly planted on either side of the North American border, in the unsurrendered territories that comprise Canada and the USA.
In 2017’s climate of damaging #fakenews and toxic hubris, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s incisive honesty, clarity, and intelligent compassion stand out in sharp relief.
There’s still work to be done, and that work is Medicine Songs.
The nineteen songs in this collection are about the environment, alternative conflict resolution, Indigenous realities, greed, and racketeering. It features a brand new politically charged rocker, “The War Racket,” that slinks and pounds as Sainte-Marie sing-speaks wisdom like, “You pretend it’s religion, like there’s no one to blame/ for the dead and impoverished in your little patriot game.” There are new recordings of some of the most insightful songs Buffy’s ever written, like the decades-spanning, rock ’n’ roll reportage “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” or the first powwow rock song, “Starwalker,” an anthemic celebration of Indigenous leadership. There are timeless protest classics like “Universal Soldier,” “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone,” and “Little Wheel Spin and Spin,” as well as forgotten gems that were simply ahead of their time when first released, like the shimmery, eye-opening “Priests of the Golden Bull,” and the chillingly prescient “Disinformation.”
But this isn’t an album of just protest songs.
“Protest songs are good, they’re important, and they talk about a problem,” Sainte-Marie says. “But there are other activist songs which don’t have a label, but they can enlighten and liberate, inform, motivate or otherwise encourage solutions.” ‘Carry It On’ is like that. So is ‘You Got to Run,’ another new rocker and collaboration with acclaimed experimental vocalist Tanya Tagaq. ‘You Got To Run’ might be championing a marathon runner or an election candidate, charging through self-doubt to the real victory beyond the win.
Sainte-Marie doesn’t sugarcoat the truth, nor does she shy away from hard realities, but Medicine Songs is never overwhelming or oppressive. Rather than making us feel smaller, sadder or more cynical, Buffy Sainte-Marie makes us feel stronger and more capable of seeing the world around us clearly. Part rhythmic healing, part trumpeting wakeup call, Medicine Songs is the soundtrack for the resistance.
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Once in a red moon, an artist emerges on the scene as if fully formed. Born on the Six Nations Reserve and raised in the small ghost town of Brantford, Ontario – Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens. From a young age, Logan’s haunting and distinct voice has won him multiple opportunities to share the stage with acts like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, and Mumford and Sons, to name a few. Still a young man, Logan is regarded as an accomplished, multi-nominated and award-winning artist. Forever a student of great music, Staats enjoys jamming, collaborating and learning from his contemporaries and other recording artists. A product of passion, compulsion and tireless musical commitment, Logan’s songs are his own. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, he has transitioned from running the weekend bar circuit to playing sold out venues across Canada including his favourite, The Sanderson Centre, in his hometown. Logan is fresh off his win on The Launch, a new TV show that gives Canadian singers a shot at stardom. Staats was chosen out of 10,000 applicants to be featured on the inaugural season of the series and was mentored by Canadian country megastar Shania Twain. Ingrained with the mentality that anything is possible when you put your heart and soul into it, Staats is hell bent on raising the bar for indigenous/mainstream crossover music. Currently, on an open journey of art, expression and culture, no matter which medium you find Logan through- he’s incredible to watch.
Accompanying Logan is his sister, Layla Black, who is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in digital media, marketing, and content creation. She has trained thousands on the power of video for storytelling. Layla is a successful entrepreneur stepping outside of the box and sharing her experience and knowledge with other aspiring entrepreneurs with a story to tell. Layla Black is a 4th generation survivor of residential schools in Canada and stands to inspire others like her who are on their own reclamation story.
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Welcome back Aeolian Hall patrons! It has been tough, but we are so thrilled to be able to present live music to a live audience once again!
To keep everyone safe when attending our concerts, we are doing the following:
- We are complying the requirements and recommendations from federal, provincial, and local health authorities to enhance the safety of our facility
- In addition, we are requiring that all patrons be double vaccinated before attending a concert, except for patrons who, for medical reasons, are not vaccinated and children 12 years old or younger
- We are requiring that clean well-fitted masks (such as a single use surgical mask) be worn indoors and that the current guidelines of 2 metre (6 feet) safe-distancing be followed
- We have placed hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the building. Please sanitize your hands upon entering the building, and wash your hands after using the restrooms
- Our upgraded HVAC system ensures the air you breath is fresh and filtered
- We thoroughly clean the Hall before concerts and sanitize before, during and after the concerts.