Canada Post has announced the upcoming 2019 Kathy Spicer National Stamp Collection will recognize Buffy Sainte-Marie with a very special stamp. The country has a long history of celebrating its Indigenous peoples. Buffy Sainte-Marie was born in Alberta in 1941 and raised in Regina. She is an author, singer, and the founding member of the band Le Chanson de Brujos that would go on to become Buffy Sainte-Marie’s band of the time. She is also celebrated by Canadian musicians, writers, historians, and more.
Ahead of October 14, there will be a screening of Buffy Sainte-Marie music video in New York City at the 92nd Street Y – a benefit for the Mowgli Foundation. For tickets to the screening click here.
In 1984, when Ms. Sainte-Marie was just 17, she toured Canada with Leonard Cohen and the Magnetic Fields. This past August, a concert featuring Ms. Sainte-Marie, The Band’s Richard Manuel, P.J. Harvey, and Diana Krall sold out for a total of 1.14 million Canadian dollars in ticket sales alone. She said, “Hey M’please don’t stop now! Canada is my home.” Her song “Levant” was considered to be the first openly feminist song in pop music history.