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A tribute to Joni will be held June 10 starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre. At the event, a plaque will be unveiled in honour of the Louis Riel Coffee House — the Broadway Avenue café where Joni played her first paid gig.

From there, people are invited to walk a route Mitchell often travelled herself while growing up in Saskatoon through the mid-’50s and early ’60s: down Broadway Avenue heading across the Broadway Bridge and over to River Landing.

At 2:30 p.m., a ceremony will be held to name the riverfront pathway along the south side of Spadina Crescent East between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue the “Joni Mitchell Promenade.” Joni will be unable to travel to Saskatoon for the ceremony, but has said she feels honoured by the city’s gesture.

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Saskatoon City Council announced today it will be naming a walkway along River Landing in recognition of the accomplishments of Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell Promenade will be located on the south side of Spadina Crescent East between Second and Third Avenues South.

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will also be honouring Ms. Mitchell by awarding her an honorary degree on Monday June 4, 2018. Mitchell will be the first of eight outstanding honorary degree recipients that the U of S will be announcing tomorrow.

On Sunday June 10, 2018 there will be a public unveiling ceremony of the Joni Mitchell Promenade and a plaque on Broadway Avenue acknowledging the Louis Riel Coffee House where she used to play. Details of the ceremony and other events, including a live performance component, will be announced shortly by Tourism Saskatoon.

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Saskatoon Councillor Ann Iwanchuk will seek support next week for her proposal to name the promenade at River Landing in Saskatoon for Joni. City council and others in the community have struggled for years to find a suitable way to honour her. If approved by council, the designation would apply to the stretch of walkway next to Spadina Crescent from Second Avenue to Third Avenue. The section of walkway lies directly south of a condo-hotel-office development on a plot of land known as Parcel Y, and leads to Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan.

Artist Gary Burden, who played a significant role in composing some of the most iconic album covers of our time, has passed away at 84 years old. Joni fans may be surprised to learn that he designed the cover to the album Blue. "This was such an honour for me" he said, "that is the only cover of Joni’s that she didn’t make herself and I got to make it. I knew the title was Blue and what I wanted to do was to make it look like old Ferro cyanotype from the 1880s, which was this blue colour, and I figured out how to make it look like that."

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Wildwood Productions (aka Jake and Friends) Jake Jacobson and a group of local musicians are rehearsing for a three concert tribute to Joni Mitchell, beginning May 25 at Shuswap Theatre.

The show will feature 20 songs written by the award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, including hits Circle Game, Both Sides Now, Big Yellow Taxi, Chelsea Morning and Woodstock. The concerts run on Friday and Saturday, May 25, and 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Shuswap Theatre. A third show will take place Sunday, May 27, at 2 p.m., also at Shuswap Theatre.

Audiences will be encouraged to join in, sing along and have fun with the musicians. Admission is by cash donation at the door. More information.

The Joni Mitchell Songbook brings together a group of top-drawer musicians, led by singer Sarah Miller and keyboard player Aidan Goldstraw, whose devotion to the artist's back catalogue shines through in performance. This is no ordinary tribute act – it’s an evening spent together, exploring the work of a musical genius.

The band is Aidan Goldstraw on keys, Sarah Miller (Climax Blues Band, Tony Christie) on vocals, Nick Mellor (Don Felder, John Miles) on guitar, Ollie Collins (Badly Drawn Boy, Corinne Bailey Rae) on bass and Carl Hemingsley (Wynton Marsalis, Ruby Turner) on drums. More information and tickets here.

JONI will be celebrated at a show in the Town Hall Theatre. Corkonian musician Clare O'Mahony will salute the Canadian singer-songwriter in The Songs of Joni Mitchell at the Town Hall on Friday June 8 at 8pm. The programme will range from early albums like Clouds and Ladies of the Canyon to her more recent recordings. More information here

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