TORONTO (CelebrityAccess) – Iconic songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.
Though she’s won a Golden Globe, half-dozen JUNOs, is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds countless other honors, Sainte-Marie and her songs have always been about so much more than global accolades and commercial success.
As an advocate for societal, environmental, and Indigenous issues, she has throughout her career proven the power of songs such as “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone,” “Power In the Blood,” “Generation,” and her anti-war anthem “Universal Soldier,” to raise awareness, influence attitudes, and change perceptions.
“I’m honoured to be recognized in the company of so many Canadian songwriters that have inspired me,” says Sainte-Marie. “As a songwriter, I never set out to be courageous or political, I just wanted to tell my stories as authentically as possible, and bring light to the truth.”
“Buffy Sainte-Marie brought a completely new sound to audiences with her use of electronic techniques, adapting the rhythms and melodies of her Indigenous heritage with rock,” adds Vanessa Thomas, CSHF Executive Director. “She’s gifted with the ability to pen songs that pulsate with cultural resonance, and can pierce right to the heart of current issues; yet they endure, and transcend both boundaries and time. We’re thrilled to celebrate her induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.”
The presentation will be made at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto on April 1.