From left: Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor, Bobby Wiseman, Cleave Anderson & Bazil Donovan
The Stein Valley Festival (1985-1989)
The Stein Valley Voices for the Wilderness Festival took place in Mount Currie, British Columbia. There were Country and Pop music with national and Native performers. This festival was designed to draw attention to the issues of wilderness preservation and the concerns of native groups.
1987 Festival - John Denver was there.
1989 Festival - Blue Rodeo took part, they sang the song "How Long". Another celebrity that was there was Martin Sheen.
All this hard work to preserve Stein Valley paid off. The site was preserved and made into a park.
I also read in an article that they first met Sarah McLachlan at the Stein Valley Festival.
Stein: The Way of The River, by Michael M'Gonigle and Wendy Wickwire, Foreword by David Suzuki. Published by Talonbooks, Vancouver, British Columbia. Copyright 1988 Michael M'Gonigle and Wendy Wickwire. Published with assistance from the Canadian Council.
Enclyclopedia of Music In Canada, Second Editon. Edited by Helmut Kallmann & Giles Potvin. University of Toronto Press, Canada, 1992.
Native activist Leonard Peltier has been a political prisoner in the U.S. since 1976. On a June morning in 1975, a fatal shoot-out took place between FBI agents and American Indians on a remote property near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in which an Indian and two federal agents were killed. Eventually, four members of AIM (American Indian Movement) were indicted on charges of murder in the deaths of the two agents. Leonard Peltier, the only one to be convicted, is now serving consecutive life sentences in a federal penitentiary.
Greg Keelor and Sarah McLachlan sing "Unchained Melody" for the album Pine Ridge: An Open Letter to Allan Rock made by The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.
Both of them also participated in the Leonard Peltier Benefit at Phoenix Concert Theatre, 1997. They sang the song "What Is This Love".
Leonard Peltier has written a book about his 20 years in prison. Called Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sundance, the book was launched in Toronto by the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Canada at Barcode (549 College) on Monday, August 30, 1999. There was music by Greg Keelor and Kim Deschamps of Blue Rodeo and Nadjiiwan, an aboriginal band, as well as speakers Anne and Frank Dreaver, Harvey Arden, and Dianne Martin. Go to my News Page to read more about the book launch.
In The Spirit of Crazy Horse, by Peter Matthiessen. Published by Viking. Copyright Peter Matthiessen 1980, 1983, 1991. Afterword Copyright Martin Garbus, 1991.
Kumbaya Festival (Toronto)
1993 - Blue Rodeo performs the songs "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" and "Bad Timing".
1994 - Blue Rodeo played "Trust Yourself" (introduced by Doug Gilmour) and they played "Sundown" with Holly Cole.
1995 - Blue Rodeo played "Girl in Green" and "Sky" with Sarah McLachlan and Anne Bourne, "You've Got a Lot of Nerve" with the Skydiggers and Colin Cripps, and "No Sugar Tonight" with Change of Heart and Anne Bourne.
Thanks to Dayna for the additional Kumbaya festival information (not that I had much info to begin with!)
The Trans Canada Trail
The Trans Canada Trail will be a shared-use recreation Trail that will wind its way through every province and territory. It will be the longest trail of its kind in the world, spanning approximately 16,000 kilometres. The Trail will accommodate five core activities: walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (where possible/desired).
On Saturday, September 11, 1999, CTV showed a tv special called "Trail of Dreams: A Musical Celebration". It was hosted by Murray McLaughlan & Lloyd Robertson, with special guests: Blue Rodeo, The Barenaked Ladies, Burton Cummings, Tom Cochrane, Cowboy Junkies, Love Inc., The Moffatts and Maestro.
The Trail needs people's help to sponser parts of the Trail to get it built, so check out their site!
Artists Against Racism
Artists Against Racism is an international, non-profit, organization. They teach youth that regardless of one's religion, ethnicity, nationality or skin colour, we are all ONE PEOPLE, to prevent youth from adopting prejudiced attitudes. The artists that join reach out as role models to youth via: T.V. and Radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Subway and Outdoor Billboards, School Posters, music magazine ads and more...the prevention of prejudice through education.
The artists that have joined this organization include: Blue Rodeo, Sarah McLachlan, Paula Cole, BUSH, The Tragically Hip, Celine Dion, The Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace, Moist & many more. Also included are actors like Kiefer Sutherland, Dan Akroyd, Martin Short, Sarah Polley & more. Also included are authors, visual artists, children's artists, directors, comedians, dancers and a conductor.