Nostalgia abound as NLFB get ready to kick off its 46th Sudbury summer July 6-9th! The crew behind the festival magical is extending this year’s celebration with an added bonus day of music on Thursday July 6th featuring headlining performer Buffy Sainte-Marie in a multiplatform cultural celebration! Festival headliners over the rest of the weekend include Yukon Blonde, A Tribe Called Red and Whitehorse, this is a lineup you don’t want to miss and there’s plenty more to discover once you hit the festival grounds! Since they’re initial line up announcement a few weeks ago NLFB has let slip a few more additions to their 2017 roster including Joy Harjo, Ansley Simpson, Trad, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. You can now view the entire festival line up and schedule at and grad you festival pass while you’re at it! While we wait patiently for the festival to arrive check out NLFB and Marker’s North as they collaborate on an online auction of fantastically curated handmade goods here! Perfect to get you warmed up for vendor shopping at the fest.



Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. Her seven books of poetry, which includes such well-known titles as How We Became Human- New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses have garnered many awards.  These include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. For A Girl Becoming, a young adult/coming of age book, was released in 2009 and is Harjo’s most recent publication.


Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter and inaugural winner of the BullsEye Media Emerging Artist award from ImagineNATIVE and Slaight Music. Her much anticipated debut album “Breakwall” is a gentle, powerful collection of songs that showcase her lilting vocals, clear melodic sensibility, and intricate guitar playing to moving effect. Ansley immerses the listener in a swelling, soft symphony of emotion that builds in gentle intensity over the course of the album’s nine tracks. She is a natural performer, holding audiences spellbound with her haunting vocals and poetics.


Trad is the bringing together of different musical traditions. From the the cultural traditions of the Anishnabe, Franco-Ontarian and South American come the rhythms, melodies and stories of history, relations and the tiny moments that make up their own narratives. Julian Cote’s characteristic singing style and electric guitars chime and ring out like a cool breath of the north. Dylan Shigwadja’s bowed bass takes you skimming among the freshwater islands of the Great Lakes. Emilio Portal and his drums provide the raw experience of the rugged woodlands.


If good old-fashioned roots music is what you seek, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar​ are guaranteed to satisfy! Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions, bringing one to tears in one instance and in the next uplifting one’s soul with an empowered declaration of hope, faith and desire. While Martin is a powerhouse unto herself, her latest record, Send the Nightingale, is not the work of a single talent. In combination with what she likes to term her ‘co-vocalists,’ Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb, the vocal blend Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated gospel-tinged, neuron-tingling magic where the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts.


Jessica Lovelace is a Public Relations and Communications grad, musical theatre enthusiast, lover of live music and part-time unicorn tamer. Some have said that the Big Dripper from Sub City is a regional delicacy and the perfect end to a Sudbury Saturday Night – Jessica is definitely one of those people. No, the hair is not a perm.

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