Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Buffy Sainte-Marie wins Polaris Music Prize

Buffy Sainte-Marie  (Matt Barnes)
The Globe and Mail

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s album Power in the Blood has won the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, an award that celebrates the Canadian album with the most “artistic merit” each year without regard for genre, sales or label. The prize, presented at a gala Monday night in Toronto, is worth $50,000.
Ms. Sainte-Marie’s album, which ranges in genre from blues to rockabilly, is the most overtly activist album to win in Polaris’s history. It includes songs such as The Uranium War and modified versions of UB40’s Sing Our Own Song, and Alabama 3’s Power in the Blood, which chastise corporate greed and support the Idle No More movement. “Ever since the sixties I’ve been making diverse albums, and every single album has had big love songs, which has managed to support me, like Up Where We Belong,” she said in an interview Monday night. “That’s allowed me to remain an artist. But on every album there’s been songs that have some kind of social meaning to them.”...Continue reading...

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