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Oscar Brand, who brought folk music to many generations of people, has left us at 96. He featured a young Joni Anderson on his 'Let's Sing Out' program in October of 1965. Oscar was the host of the 'Folk Song' show for 70 years, and it eventually earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for “longest-airing radio show with the same host.” You will be missed, sir!

The Polaris Music Prize, established in 2006, is an annual award honoring albums by Canadian artists, based on artistic merit rather than sales. But what about all those great Canadian albums that came out before the Polaris Music Prize existed? Well, those records also get some love, courtesy of the Polaris Heritage Prize.

The (Canadian) Heritage award, which was first presented last year, is for albums that would likely have been nominated for the Polaris Prize had it been around back in the day. Ten albums are nominated from each of four time periods: 1960-1975, 1976-1985, 1986-1995 and 1996-2005.

This year's nominees in the 1960-1975 period include Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark, Neil Young's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and After the Gold Rush, The Band's Music from Big Pink and its self-titled effort, Gordon Lightfoot's Lightfoot! and Leonard Cohen's Songs of Leonard Cohen.

Cast your vote through mid-October.

We are thrilled to see Joni out and about again! Last night she attended a Chick Corea concert at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. L-R: Joni, Chick Corea, Gayle Moran Corea, Herbie Hancock. (Photo by Toshi Sakurai)

Christopher Cross is working on a new album, and has completed a track called "Roberta" - a tribute to Joni. He's offered to share it with the Joni community, saying "'Roberta' is the first [song] I have completed [on my new album], which is very much influenced by her later work 'Hejira' and beyond." Thanks to Christopher for sharing this preview with the community, we hear the influence!

play  Roberta by Christopher Cross

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Celebration of Joni Mitchell featuring Kimberly Ford plays songs from more than 30 years of the Woodstock generation's premier singer-songwriter ...

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
6275 California State Route
Felton, CA 95018
Tickets, $12, advance; $15, door
More info here
One show at 2 p.m., All ages

Kimberly Ford, vocals, guitar; Lee Rollag, guitar, vocals; George Friedenthal, keyboards, vocals; Tom Buckner, saxophones; Tom Etchart, electric and upright bass; Charles Levin, drums

You’re invited to join in celebrating the Ultimate Joni Mitchell Birthday Bash, as Kiki Ebsen and her Joni Mitchell ProjectTM invite Joni’s fans to join them Friday, November 4, at The E-Spot Lounge at Vitello’s Upstairs in Studio City, CA. On the heels of September’s sold-out concert event, the band returns for two sets of their favorites among Ms. Mitchell’s rich discography. And yes, in addition to singing along with their favorite songs from their tables, all patrons will be invited to sing happy birthday as a special cake is shared after dinner.

Saying “Happy Birthday, Joni” is just one more way in which these Los Angeles-based touring musicians want to express their regard and appreciation for the Canadian singer-songwriter and artist was born in in Fort MacLeod, Alberta. “In the past five decades, Ms. Mitchell has amassed an unparalleled following of award-winning musicians, each of whom name her among their most influential, inspirational artists. Her talent should be celebrated at every occasion, particularly during her birthday week,” said Kiki Ebsen.

Joining Ebsen are Grant Geissman (guitar), Terry Wollman (guitar), Steven Lawrence (bass), and Matt Starr (drums). To formally introduce her Joni tribute project, Kiki chose Vitello’s Upstairs as an intimate venue for friends and fans of Joni Mitchell to enjoy songs ranging from her most familiar FM radio hits, as well as some of her most intellectual, soulful album cuts.

Kiki created The Joni Mitchell Project”…as an opportunity for Joni-inspired professional musicians to join her in declaring “our respect, regard, and unending appreciation for her gifts.” The two-set show includes “Night in the City,” “Twisted,” “Help Me,” “In France They Kiss on Main Street,” plus “Black Crow,” “Case of You,” “Two Grey Rooms” “River,” “Carey” and so many more songs from nine of Joni’s albums spanning 1968–1976. Audiences will enjoy the strong jazz influence of the evening’s offerings, ala Joni’s “Shadows and Light” live concert as well as the special birthday finale. More info here.

Joni Mitchell: River
Conceived and Directed by Allen MacInnis
Music Arranged by Greg Lowe
October 18 to November 5, 2016

A luminous theatrical presentation, Joni Mitchell: River celebrates the music of one of Canada’s most important artists. Tony-award nominee Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!), award-winning singer/songwriter Emm Gryner, and Brendan Wall (Mirvish, Once), accompanied by a four-piece band, showcase 27 songs that trace the arc of a love affair from Help Me and Big Yellow Taxi to the breathtaking Both Sides Now. More information here.

Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet celebrate - Joni Mitchell - prophet of our times: Songs of Justice, Saturday, November 5th, 8 pm at Dizzy’s, San Diego, CA $20. More info here.

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