Elements of Story: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie. Photo by Matt Barnes.

The Elements of Story: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Delve into the work and ideas of internationally celebrated authors and cultural thinkers.

Renew your New Year’s reading goals and join us for our next iteration of The Elements of Story, this time curated by the legendary Indigenous singer-songwriter, musician, Oscar-winning composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie!

Buffy Sainte-Marie has selected three books around which the event will be framed. Once registered you will receive the book list to read over the course of the coming weeks in preparation for the deep-dive conversation or to let Sainte-Marie’s words inspire your reading and add context to the books for you to enjoy in the future. The not-to-be-missed discussion will be moderated by Yvette Nolan and will touch upon the ways in which the chosen works have impacted Sainte-Marie personally, how they collectively articulate the present moment, and on the importance of storytelling in the search for meaning in difficult times.

With your ticket you will receive:

  • the exclusive curated reading list comprising three dynamic and distinct texts that speak to the current moment
  • access to the live-streamed In Conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie event on February 18
  • an opportunity to engage with questions and comments via live chat
  • access to the recorded In Conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie for 7 days following the live event

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can starting at $15 (Free for SubscriberPlus Passholders)


I’m really looking forward to being with you for Canadian Stage’s event The Elements of Story. But don’t expect the usual. I write all the time, but I’ve never had a writing class, not even sure what the elements of story means; I’m just a biblio-holic who loves books, with two libraries in my house and over 1500 audiobooks on my hard drive. I think it’ll be fun. After all, I’ve never had music lessons either, and in spite of that, I write a lot of songs and love sharing them. Tune in and help me out. See you soon. – Buffy Sainte-Marie
I can’t think of a better person to guide us through some reading and discussion about how stories shape our lives and provide guidance in times of questioning. – Brendan Healy, Artistic Director

The In Conversation series is generously underwritten by David W. Binet

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  • Buffy Sainte-Marie

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  • Yvette Nolan

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