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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.

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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

Joni said in 2006 (in a video message broadcast during Prince's induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame) "Prince. The most amazing performer I have ever witnessed." Prince was also a big fan of Joni's and said that The Hissing of Summer Lawns was "the last album I loved all the way through." As Joni remembered, "Prince attended one of my concerts in Minnesota. I remember seeing him sitting in the front row when he was very young. He must have been about 15. Prince used to write me fan mail with all of the U's and hearts that way that he writes." Prince credited Joni with teaching him "about color and sound." He quoted "Help Me" in his song, "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker." An album by his side project band, The Time, was named Ice Cream Castle. And he covered "A Case of You," with "U" spelled the Prince way, of course. wishes to express its condolences to Prince's family, friends, and fans.

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Direct from their appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the #madeinadelaide campaign, A Case of You: The Music of Joni Mitchell featuring Deborah Brennan, Max Garcia-Underwood and Chris Neale plays as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival at The Butterfly Club.

The success of the show lies not only in the interpretation of the iconic songs, but also in the commentary that ties these songs together. It's not just about "old songs in new lungs". The show is an intimate portrayal of Joni's biggest works, sprinkled with stories along the way where Brennan reveals the influence certain songs have had in her own life. It's the narrative that helps make the show more accessible to the audience.

The show will run from September 27 - Oct 2 at 5:30 PM. Shows will take place at The Butterfly Club (5 Carson Place, Melbourne). Ticket prices are between $25- $32.

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Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert
Saturday, Oct 15, 7pm, $10
Community School of Music And Arts, 330 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
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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.

Joni Mitchell: River, Oct., 21-Nov. 6: A jukebox musical conceived and directed by Allen MacInnis, stars Louise Pitre (nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Donna Sheridan in the Broadway hit, Mamma Mia!) and Emm Gryner (three-time Juno nominee) covering 27 songs of the Canadian icon’s songbook, such as Help Me, Big Yellow Taxi, Chelsea Morning, Woodstock and Both Sides, Now. More information.

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