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Buffy Sainte-Marie's CBC Music Fest performance is guaranteed to lift your spirits: watch

The legendary singer-songwriter's set was rousing, political and, as always, inspiring.

The legendary singer-songwriter's set was rousing, political and, as always, inspiring

Buffy Sainte-Marie performs live at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. (Vanessa Heins/CBC)

Buffy Sainte-Marie has been making music for more than 50 years, and she continues to inspire audiences everywhere. The legendary singer-songwriter's recent CBC Music Festival set was no exception.

Her renditions of classic songs like "Universal Soldier" and "It's my Way" were still as pointed and resonant as they were when they first came out decades ago. "Who's responsible war?" she asked fans as she introduced the former song. While she listed many possibilities — men, politicians, generals — she ultimately turned it onto herself and those present. "In my view, it all comes down to you and me, who allow it. We've got to try harder." 

It's insightful moments like these that make a Sainte-Marie set not only entertaining but also galvanizing, forcing us to really pay attention to her words and use them as motivation.

Enjoy her full set below, and for full coverage of the 2019 CBC Music Festival head over to cbcmusic.ca/festival.


Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "We Are Circling" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 2:50
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "Universal Soldier" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 3:33
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "It's My Way" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 4:24
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "You Got To Run" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 4:22
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "Up Where We Belong" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 5:01
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "Carry It On" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 4:04
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "No No Keshagesh" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 4:23
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "Until It's Your Time to Go" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 4:12
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "Power In The Blood" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 5:13
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs "The War Racket" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 4:56

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