​Buffy Sainte-Marie: "I don't believe in burning out"

Singer, songwriter, artist and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie has packed passion and purpose into her latest album, Power in the Blood.

Buffy Sainte-Marie is back. The musical innovator's new record, Power in the Blood, is a sometimes fierce, sometimes lyrical collection — but her passion and sense of purpose is evident throughout.

In a wide-ranging and energized conversation, Sainte-Marie joins Shad in studio q to discuss over 50 years of activism and envelope-pushing, the importance of play, and why indigenous artists are cracking the mainstream in unprecedented ways.

WEB EXTRA | Listen to the full, uncut version of Shad's conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie, now with more detail and a few great moments you didn't hear on air. 

Passion. Politics. Play. Buffy Sainte-Marie taps all three in her new album, Power in the Blood. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)
Yes, Buffy Sainte-Marie told Shad about her new album — but she also weighs in on activism, the oilsands and missing and murdered aboriginal women. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)