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To celebrate Valentine's Day, RHINO is giving away a copy of Joni Mitchell's LOVE HAS MANY FACES on vinyl and one hardcover copy of Joni - The Joni Mitchell Sessions book by Norman Seeff. The limited-edition, 8LP boxed set is presented in a hard-bound deluxe folio package. Limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies, it includes 53 songs on eight 180-gram LPs. Etchings of Mitchell’s artwork are featured on four individual album sides, each one signifying the end of an act in the ballet. Enter to win!

The International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs) was held tonight at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Canada. The Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented each year during the annual event. Recipients are determined by the voting members of Folk Alliance International and are presented to a living recipient (Joni), a memorial recipient (Leonard Cohen), and an organization or recognized academic (fRoots Magazine). Joni was not in attendance and long-time friend Eric Andersen agreed to accept the award for her. Eric got stuck on a snowbound train attempting to get to the event, and texted them his acceptance comments. They agreed to read it, but didn't do so.

"I am happy to say that Joni is very grateful to receive this important award and proud as a Canadian to receive it here in this sacred city. She's sorry she can't be here to see everyone and accept it personally. To most of us, she remains the flower in the desert who could always find the truth on other people's lies and beauty in the wreckage. She remains a warrior with a stubborn streak and unrelenting stamina who could drink a case of anyone and still be on her feet!--Thank you with open hearts."

See the video that Folk Alliance International created for the event.

Good news for global Joni fans! The Joni 75 movie will be coming to theaters outside of the US on March 21st - tickets go on sale February 21. The film also premieres on the small screen nationwide in the USA beginning March 2 on PBS (check local listings). Streams beginning March 3 via PBS Passport and PBS apps. More details as we get them.

Joni made a rare public appearance last night at Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammys gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Clive introduced her to the crowd, saying "I'm so touched that she comes to share the night with all of us, please welcome the inimitable Joni Mitchell." The star-studded party was attended by Nancy Pelosi, Alice Cooper, Barbra Streisand, Caitlin Jenner, Tim Cook, Brandi Carlile, Sammy Hagar, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Lou Adler and many more!

The Joni 75 celebration continues, even after the event is over. First, the CD soundtrack will be released on March 8. Then, PBS in the US will broadcast the event in early March. Check your local listings for times. Finally, the DVD will be available on March 29th. Rumor has it that the DVD will have many extras, including backstage interviews with the performers.

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Upcoming local tributes and events

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On February 16, 2019, KatieCat and her partner John Cain will perform Joni Mitchell's "Blue" album at The Church in New Orleans, LA, located at 1480 N Rocheblave. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert is from 7-8pm. $10 suggested donation. For more information call (858) 699-2239. More information here.

One of the most influential recording artists of the late 20th century, Joni Mitchell has often reflected on social and environmental ideals through her music. Circle Game reinterprets Mitchell’s iconic songs such as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “River,” “California,” and “A Case of You” through the ears and eyes of a new generation, connecting to the politics and world we know today.

Winner of the 2017 Ovation Awards for Outstanding Professional Production and Outstanding Music Direction. More information here.

Singer Kimberly Ford has created "A Celebration of Joni Mitchell," a group of World Class musicians with a shared passion for Joni's music. The band includes George Friedenthal on keys; Lee Rollag on guitar; Tom Buckner on saxophone; Tom Etchart on bass, and Charles Levin on drums. They perform songs from every decade of Joni's career.

Kimberly and the band perform beautifully nuanced versions of Joni's quintessential classics, without resorting to Tribute Band-style mimicry... A true "celebration" of Mitchell's artistry. Ford has been a fan since her coming-of-age years, where she learned to sing using Mitchell’s soul-baring, 1971 “Blue” album as a primer. “Her poetry and melodies spoke to my experiences before I even had a language for them." More information here.

A trio of acclaimed Chicago cabaret artists will share songs and stories of three powerhouse female singer/songwriters when the Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Girls Like Us, 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at Dominican University in River Forest.

Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie and Marianne Murphy Orland, the members of Girls Like Us, will celebrate the music of Carole King, Carly Simon, and Joni Mitchell at the benefit for the Oak Park Festival Theatre. More information here.

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