When Joni Mitchell sings at tonight's opening of the eighth annual Mariposa Folk Festival, it will be a landmark for her and Tom Bishop, the festival's president.
The slim, 25-year-old singer from Fort Macleod, Alta., is having her biggest year as a writing and recording artist. And she began it all at the Mariposa four years ago.
For Tom Bishop, the three-day Mariposa has come a long way from the uncertain days following the 1963 debacle at Orillia, Ont. At that time motorcyclists caused such a disturbance the festival was forced to seek a new home.
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