Buffy Sainte-Marie in concert with the TSO: tickets on sale now

May 19, 2016

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), in partnership with the Polaris Music Prize, is delighted to welcome Canadian icon Buffy Sainte-Marie—winner of the 2015 Polaris Music Prize for her latest album, Power In The Blood—to Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 7:30pm. Last fall, the TSO and the Polaris Music Prize announced a unique partnership: members of the TSO performed with some of the Short List nominees at the Polaris Gala, which took place in September 2015. And now, the 2015 winner of the prestigious award finally takes centre stage with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are now on sale at TSO.CA.

For this much-anticipated performance, the TSO is under the musical direction of Canadian conductor Lucas Waldin. The evening includes some of Sainte-Marie’s greatest hits, as well as excerpts from her most recent album, which took home two JUNO awards—for Aboriginal Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.

A musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie is an exceptional, multi-talented individual who defies categorization. Sainte-Marie’s audacious attitude toward life, on and off the stage, has inspired people around the world for over five decades. Her accomplishments are extraordinary. An Academy Award winner, she has received countless awards and accolades, including a medal from Queen Elizabeth II; Officer of the Order of Canada; and a Gemini Award.

Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 7:30pm
Lucas Waldin, conductor
Buffy Sainte-Marie with full band

The program will include the following works, orchestrated by Owen Pallett and Richie Kohan:

Where the Spirit Lives: Suite in Three Movements
“My Country Tis of Thy People”
“It’s My Way”
“Power in the Blood”
“Little Wheel Spin & Spin”
“No No Keshagesh”
“Cho Cho Fire”
“We Are Circling”
“Until It’s Time for You to Go”
“Soldier Blue”
“Universal Soldier”
“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”
“Up Where We Belong”
“Carry It On”
“Cripple Creek”

TICKETS: $27–$70

This concert takes place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street.

Call the TSO ticket line at 416.598.3375 or order tickets online at TSO.CA.

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About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally. Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO with a commitment to innovative programming and audience development through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music-education programs that reach tens of thousands of students each year.

About the Polaris Music Prize: Polaris Music Prize, produced by Blue Ant Media, is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris Music Prize recognizes and then markets the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard for musical genre, professional affiliation or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics.


Media Contacts:

Francine Labelle
Manager, Publicity
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
416.593.7769 X 267

Melissa Prince
NATIONAL Public Relations

Alison Crocker
NATIONAL Public Relations

Polaris Music Prize:

Joanne Setterington
Indoor Recess Inc.
15 Agnes Lane, Toronto, ON  M4L 3Z3

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