TORONTO (CP) -- Folk-music buffs attending the ninth annual
Mariposa Folk Festival this weekend will have a rare
opportunity to see one of the biggest names in folk music --
They also will have the chance to compare her style
with that of two Canadians who have achieved international
popularity in the last year -- Joni Mitchell of Fort Macleod,
Alta., and Gilles Vigneault of Natashquan, Que.
The decision by Miss Baez, the 28-year-old American
singer and war protester, to appear represents something of a coup
for festival organizers. Miss Baez has curtailed concert
appearances in the last few years in favor of speaking
engagements protesting the military draft and U.S. involvement in
the Vietnam war. Her husband, David Harris, is serving a
three-year sentence for refusing induction into the army.
Composer-singer Joni Mitchell will be making her fifth visit to
the festival. Since her first appearance as a guitar-strumming
spectator in 1965, she has gone on to achieve popularity in the
United States, particularly through her composition
From Both Sides Now, recorded by Frank Sinatra and Judy Collins.
Often compared to Joan Baez for her clarity of voice and
individual style, Miss Mitchell, 26, does not include protest songs
in her repertoire. Rather, she says, protest is something she
feels, particularly when she has heard racial remarks while
touring the U.S. South.
She now lives in Laurel Canyon, a suburb of Los Angeles.
Gilles Vigneault is probably the most versatile of the
Mariposa performers this year. The 40-year-old chansonnier has
written more than 200 songs, is a published poet, and in 1966
received the $2,500 Governor-General's Literary Award for his
book of poetry, Quand les Bateaux s'en Vont.
Bigneault sings in French such songs as Mon Pays, C'est l'Hiver
and musically describes such Quebec characters as Berlu the
fisherman and Tit-Paul the lumberjack.
CBC-TV has announced it will film the festival, to take place
on Centre Island in Toronto harbor. The film will be televised
Sept. 28 on the one-hour Sunday-at-Nine network series.