Aboriginal Day Live 2012 Regina Lineup:
Buffy Sainte-Marie was born on the Piapot Reserve in Saskatchewan but, after being orphaned, was raised in Maine and Massachusetts. As a college student in the early 1960’s Buffy became known as a writer of protest songs and love songs. Many of these songs became classic of an the era and have been performed by other artists including Janis Joplin, Barbara Streisand, Elvis Presley and Tracy Chapman, to name a few. “From the very first album, it’s been pop and blues, native American themes, peace and just stuff that is fun to dance to,” she says. “I’m an artist who does a whole lot of things and every now and then I make a record. Creativity has meant so much to me,” she adds. “Creatures, the Creator, the Creation and creativity itself are what my life is about; it makes me happy, keeps me going.”
Stevie Salas and Bernard Fowler
Stevie Salas (Mick Jagger, George Clinton, Rod Stewart, Justin Timberlake) and Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock, Tackhead) have spent the last three years bringing their unique blend of funk/blues and rock to the world playing global festivals and clubs.
The Local Onlyz
Based out of Regina, the Local Onlyz play upbeat, live instrumented hip hop music. This four-piece live hip hop collective have been keeping it innovative for the past half a decade. Made up of InfoRed from the Little Black Bear First Nation, DJ Merky Waters, Thomas Roussin on guitar, and Nathaniel Bowen on drums, this collective brings a deliberate deliverance of hip hop style and musical skills.
Poet, musician and singer, Samian (Quebec) considers himself an ambassador for Indigenous culture. Samian sings about his life, his difficult journey, the history of his peoples, and his own identity quest. With the help of his grandmother he has relearned his Algonquin mother tongue and is starting to incorporate it in his work.
An award winning hip-hop artist and producer originally from Edmonton, Alberta Doug Bedard (AKA Plex) has taken his experience of growing up on north-side Beverly streets to the masses. Plex has been emceeing and composing music for 15 years, has a number of acting credits to his name, and was the producer and host of the award winning national radio program “The Plex Show” for two years. His provocative lyrics, which focus on competing to survive adversity and ultimately rising to the top continue to wow audiences across North America and have garnered him international and critical acclaim.
Riva is a singer-songwriter from the prairies and a member of the Timiskaming Algonquin First Nation. She has written, released, and toured three records across Canada and the US. Her first steps as a solo artist began with a nationally broadcast performance of the song “When We Were Young” at the Truth and Reconciliation Town Hall Meeting from the CBC studios in Regina. Riva’s songs incorporate wistful tones and melodies borrowed from the voice, cello, organ, and guitar.