May 19, 2016: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), in partnership with thePolaris 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”
“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”
“Up Where We Belong”
“Carry It On”
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.