REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - April 20, 2005) - The remarkable singer-songwriter-artist Joni Mitchell will attend the Lieutenant Governor's Centennial Gala on May 19, 2005 in Saskatoon.
"The incomparable Ms. Mitchell is one of the most important musical trailblazers in contemporary music and the visual arts," said the Honourable Dr. Lynda Haverstock, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. "Her talents are immeasurable, which is why she is so deeply admired by other artists. We are delighted that she is coming home to join with her family and admirers to honour our province's Centennial."
The Lieutenant Governor's Centennial Gala will feature Saskatchewan's most celebrated entertainers, artists and celebrities. It will also feature a once-in-a-lifetime tribute to Joni Mitchell in her home town. There will be some special guest appearances and a few spectacular surprises -- all with a distinctly Saskatchewan flavour.
Raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the world-renowned singer, songwriter, visual artist, and poet continues to look to the province of Saskatchewan as a source of inspiration in her music, her art and her poetry. Her upcoming album Songs of a Prairie Girl is set for release on April 26 to coincide with the Saskatchewan Centennial celebrations.
"This collection of songs and photographs is my contribution to Saskatchewan's Centennial celebrations. I recommend that you get yourself a hot beverage and stand by the heater as you listen to these musical tales of long, cold winters with a hint of short but glorious summers," Ms. Mitchell said in a release.
Considered as one the most influential musicians in the last 40 years, Joni Mitchell's music has been recorded by artists from every genre, including: Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Tori Amos, Prince, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Bing Crosby and more. In 1981, Ms. Mitchell was inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame and in 1997 she became the first Canadian woman named to the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The legendary performer and songwriter received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 - the first Canadian to earn this recognition. (Full biography attached).
The Lieutenant Governor's Centennial Gala takes place on May 19, 2005 at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon beginning at 6:00 p.m. It will be a star-studded evening celebrating the achievements of Saskatchewan artists, writers, musicians, and entertainers, with special appearances by national and international celebrities. Confirmed participants include:
- Artist, singer, songwriter Joni Mitchell;
- Comedian Brent Butt;
- Composer, singer, and academic Buffy Sainte Marie;
- Actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen;
- Author, journalist, and Consul General to New York City Pamela Wallin;
- Journalist Allan Fotheringham;
- Singer, songwriter Connie Kaldor;
- Celebrated tenor Michael Burgess;
- Blues and rock singer Colin James;
- Country singer Brad Johner;
- Actor and activist Shirley Douglas;
- Singer and actor Andrea Menard;
- Saskatchewan's Idol Theresa Sokyrka;
- Jazz Vocalist Dione Taylor;
- Blues rocker Megan Lane;
- The University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet;
- Fiddler John Arcand;
- Fransaskois musical group Hart Rouge;
- Saskatchewan Express;
- Works from sculptors Joe Fafard, Victor Cicansky, Douglas Bentham, and
- Writer Guy Vanderhaeghe;
- Writer and poet Lorna Crozier;
- Orchestral Conductor Tania Miller;
- Maestro Victor Sawa and The Centennial Orchestra;
- Conductor Douglas Dunsmore and The Centennial Choir;
- Choreographer Shawn Hounsell and The Gala Dancers;
- Composer David McIntyre has created an original composition;
- Composer Rob Bryanton has been commissioned to provide music;
- Renowned photographer Courtney Milne is providing breathtaking
- Photographer extraordinaire Douglas Walker's beautiful scenes will be
Tickets to the Lieutenant Governor's Centennial Gala are on sale at Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.ca or through the Ticketmaster Box Office: 1-800-970-SEAT (7328) or (306)-938-7800. A list of sponsors and additional information including performers, news and events is available online at: http://www.centennialgala.com .