A Chronology of Appearances

This work-in-progress lists all currently known appearances, drawn from a variety of sources.
Compiled by Simon Montgomery, © 2001-2015.
Special thanks to Joel Bernstein for his contributions and assistance.
Latest Update: August 15, 2015
Please send comments, corrections or additions to: simon@icu.com

1970 . 10 . 16 Greenpeace Benefit Concert — Pacific Coliseum Vancouver, BC

Joni Mitchell, Phil Ochs, and the BC band Chilliwack performed at
a benefit concert for the Don't Make A Wave Committee, which
raised $17,000 for Greenpeace. James Taylor also appeared
as Joni's surprise guest.

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  • Co-founder Irving Stowe (far left) onstage with Joni and James Taylor.  Photo by Allan Katowitz.
  • Co-founder Irving Stowe, James Taylor & Joni helped bring this cause to the public's attention. Photo by Robert Stowe.
  • <i>Joni</i>
  • Photo by George Diack, Vancouver Sun
  • photo: Alan Katowitz
  • Greenpeace Concert poster [DougSprenger]
  • James Taylor and Joni with fans backstage.<br>Photo by Alan Katowitz.
  • Dorothy Stowe holds-up an original Greenpeace T-shirt.
  • Joni and James Taylor backstage.<br>
Photo by Alan Katowitz.
  • Greenpeace 2CD [thomas27]

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sage on

I was 22 and attending university in Victoria. I was nuts about Joni. Her music spoke to me. Some guy played Both Sides Now at a little coffeehouse in Port Alberni two years earlier, and I thought Wow! Here's a song that actually opens up this whole introspective, honest world.
Anyway I heard about the Green Peace concert in Vancouver and just had to go. I see by the poster the ticket price was quite affordable. Only $3 bucks. A friend and I hitchhiked over to Vancouver and crashed with a friend of my friend. I ate some acid at the concert and really connected with how vulnerable joni was there playing these sensitive songs in front of a huge crowd.
Interesting that the Canadian government declared the War Measures Act that same day. Phil Oches made a reference to "playing in a police state" that night.
When the Amchitka CD of this concert was released recently, I was pretty blown away. What a keepsake!

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