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Event Archive - Award Winning Singer/Songwriter: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Art Napoleon

Sat. October 28th 2006 McPherson Playhouse (All Ages)
8pm - 11pm doors at 7:30pm
Award winning Native American Singer/Songwriter
Buffy Sainte-Marie (& Band)
with special guest... Art Napolean
Saturday, October 28th, 2006
McPherson Playhouse
#3 Centennial Square, Victoria BC
Doors 7pm - Showtime 8pm
Tickets: $38.50 Main Level / $36.50 Balcony + service charges
Available at: McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121 or Toll-free line 1-888-717-6121

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Buffy Sainte-Marie is an artist of remarkable accomplishment. Her career has spanned
three decades since her emergence in the 1960s. During this time, she has been a clear
and certain voice for the native peoples of the world. She has captured the hearts of
millions with compelling songs of love, despair and longing for a better life for all.
Royalty, presidents and the rest of us have fallen under her magnificent and mysterious
spell of poetry and song. Buffy Sainte-Marie is universally admired for her powerful
songs of love and protest (including "Universal Soldier" and "Until It's Time for You to
Go") and for her ongoing commitment to Aboriginal empowerment. Her songs have
been made famous by artists such as Donovan, Janis Joplin, Barbra Streisand, Neil
Diamond and Elvis Presley.

Since 1996 Buffy Sainte-Marie has limited her concert appearances to about twenty a
year, speaking engagements to about the same number, and focused her time mostly on
the Cradleboard Teaching Project, using her multimedia skills to create accurate,
enriching core curriculum based in Native American cultural perspectives. The
interactive multimedia CD-ROM SCIENCE: Through Native American Eyes features Buffy
on camera as well as producer and director. Visit to learn more.
Buffy Sainte-Marie's work is a reflection of her own life - extremely varied and unique -
and her special skill is in joining seemingly unrelated ideas: A pacifist and a general.
Indians and computers. Electronic art and Native realities.

France named Buffy Sainte-Marie Best International Artist of 1993. That same year, she
was selected by the United Nations to officially proclaim the International Year of
Indigenous People.

Buffy was inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame for her life-long contribution to music in
1995 and won a Gemini Award in 1997 for the Canadian TV special Buffy Sainte-Marie:
Up Where We Belong. This also marked the first time she had performed her famous
song to a live audience.

She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Aboriginal Achievement
Foundation in Canada in 1998, and was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

In 1999, she was inducted and received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame

A gifted digital artist, her creations have been displayed at the Glenbow Museum in
Calgary, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Emily Carr Gallery in Vancouver and the American
Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe.

In 2004, a track written and performed by her entitled "Lazarus" was sampled by Hip
Hop producer Kanye West and performed by Cam'Ron and Jim Jones of The Diplomats.
The track is called "Dead or Alive".

Art Napolean Biography

Art Napoleon (aka Travelling Sun) is a recognized cultural educator and keeper of
traditional knowledge. A former Chief of the Saulteaux First Nation in Northeastern BC,
Napoleon is a talented singer/songwriter. He also happens to be one heck of a storyteller
with an uncanny ability to improvise and meaningfully engage his audiences in a variety
of ways.

With influences that draw from country, roots-rock and tribal sounds, Art Napoleon is a
riveting solo performer that has traveled widely, sharing his powerful songs, mystical
chants and down-to-earth wit and charm. Whether he is telling a story or singing about
life experiences, his material is both deeply moving and humorous.

Napoleon was awarded Telefilm-APTN Award for best Aboriginal production at the Banff
Television Festival in 2002 for the children’s TV show, Cree for Kids, an educational
show featuring original Cree songs and lessons. He has been featured on many radio
and television programs including Basic Black, Zed TV, Dead Dog Cafe, The CBC
Winnipeg Comedy Festival and CBC’s Roundup with Tetsuro Shigematsu. Napoleon
has been a mainstay on the Western Canadian folk festival circuit for the past 15 years.
Although recently busy in the studio, he tours regularly as a performer, workshop
facilitator, speaker and MC.

His mournful ballads of remorse and longing are nicely balanced with a playful wit,
stories and songs of hope and courage.

Linda Tanaka
Director, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Napoleon is a songwriter who speaks with a unique voice…his audience will continue to

Les Siemieniuk
CBC Radio, Calgary

Art Napoleon is a classic example of what a good songwriter should be. He writes about
what he knows - the land, the lifestyle of the people where he lives and the challenges he
and they face…The tradition apparent in Art's songs gives them strength in the same
way a knowledge of history gives strength to a community. His songs deal with the
upsides and down-sides of life on the reserve and with the challenges involved in
dealing with mainstream society. They're the kind of songs that could only be written by
somebody who has lived that experience as Art has.

Doug Simpson, Artistic Director
Vancouver Folk Music Festival


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