Buffy Sainte-Marie Collaborating on New Music with Owen Pallett and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Buffy Sainte-Marie Collaborating on New Music with Owen Pallett and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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Buffy Sainte-Marie is plotting a symphonic musical project to follow her recent win at the Polaris Music Prize. Though details are slim, she's going to be working with both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and orchestral pop wiz Owen Pallett.

Sainte-Marie confirmed the collaboration in a recent interview, noting that she's set to craft an original piece of music with Pallett that they'll later play together with the TSO. It had been reported ahead of last month's gala that the winner of the Polaris Music Prize would get the chance to perform with the orchestra at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall in 2016.

"I'm not sure what it's going to be, but I like Owen, and his music always surprises me," Sainte-Marie told Rolling Stone. "Whether he's coming from a real traditional, orchestral, almost European sound or something else, you can always tell that a real artist made it, and I'm really looking forward to working with him."

The respect is clearly mutual, as Pallett had introduced Sainte-Marie during last month's Polaris gala, praising both the singer-songwriter and her Polaris-winning 2015 LP, Power in the Blood. You'll find performances of "Power in the Blood" and "Carry It On" down below.

You'll find the rest of Sainte-Marie's interview, which touches on Canadian politics, Leonard Cohen, not meeting Kanye West, and hanging out with goats in Hawaii over here.