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Joni has been nominated in the fourth annual Older People in the Media Awards run by older people’s charity, Independent Age, in collaboration with Gransnet, the social network for the UK’s 14 million grandparents. She has been nominated in the “Everyday ageism hero” category for her work with Yves Saint Laurent.

The other nominees in this category are: L'Oréal for Age Perfect campaign with Dame Helen Mirren, and Other Stories and Vans collaboration for SS2015 campaign with Daphne Selfe.

Nominations were put forward by members of Gransnet and the winner in each of the three categories will be decided by a public vote. CAST YOUR VOTE HERE!

The Older People in the Media awards are a celebration of the best representations of older people’s issues in the media. They hope to shine a light on the characters, marketing campaigns and individuals that have either positively portrayed older people, or sensitively highlighted the issues they face.

Winners from previous years have included, among others, Dame Judi Dench for her role in the film Philomena and Anne Reid for her portrayal of the character Celia in Last Tango in Halifax.

Buenas noticias! Malka Marom's book "Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words" is currently being translated to be released in both Spanish and Chinese. Malka told "This book was meant to be my birthday present for Joni's 70th. Almost as a personal gift from me to all who love Joni's work and would appreciate and celebrate this insight into her unique brilliant genius. So imagine how happy I am that now, approaching Joni's 72nd birthday, I find that it would be translated into Spanish and Chinese!" Chinese rights have been sold to Jiangsu People’s Publishing House in a deal arranged by Acacia House Publishing Services and Big Apple Tuttle-Mori Agency. Release dates will be posted here when they are known.

Hey hippies! Pull that turntable out of storage and dust it off. Barnes & Noble is hosting a “Vinyl Day” on November 21st, where they’ll be stocking the stores with an abundance of LPs and generally celebrating the vinyl format that they are now supporting. They'll have Blue and Hejira vinyl stock in all of their stores for the event. Relive those moments 39 and 45 years ago when you first picked up shrink-wrapped copies of the classics. The only differences will be the price... and, you know, the fact that you're old now.

One of Joni's guitars from the '79 and '83 tours is up for auction. It is an Ibanez George Benson GB10 guitar in brown sunburst. The inlays are mother-of-pearl, with "Joni Mitchell" engraved at the 21st fret. The interior label is signed by George Benson, serial number D794944. The guitar is accompanied by a copy of a letter signed by Joni, stating that this is one of six guitars played on the Shadows & Light and Refuge tours. The auction will be held on November 7, 2015. More information here.

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The songs of Canada’s iconic Joni Mitchell have inspired us through several decades. Gibsons Public Art Gallery is celebrating her work with an invitational exhibition which will draw from the creativity of Sunshine Coast artists, musicians and poets. Using lyrics from her songs as the starting point, artists will create and present works of all kinds. More information.

JONI'S SOUL was formed with an all-star line-up in Summer 2014 to celebrate the brilliant and prolific work of Joni Mitchell. Given that contemporary interest in her music and personal history has never been so strong since her 2001 musical retirement, and the fact she's made it clear there'll be no future live performances, interest and expectation for this show is immense.

The five piece band, led by the beautiful from-the-heart vocals of Gina Foster (Eric Clapton, Sinead O’Connor) and guitarist Ronnie Johnson (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan), draw on their own emotional response to these songs to look beyond merely the faithful reproduction of the Joni Mitchell songbook and shine a light on the most soulful aspects of her words and music.

Coyote, Hejira, Edith and the Kingpin, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, River, Trouble Child, Help Me and Gina Foster’s gorgeous version of Both Sides Now - it’s through songs like these that the band explore the unique songwriting, harmonic concept and gift of performance Joni Mitchell so enduringly revealed in her iconic albums Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and beyond … More information here

Merideth Kaye Clark playing Joni's album "Blue" from beginning to end.
Mont Chris Hubbard, piano
Clark accompanies herself on dulcimer and guitar.
San Diego, CA
North Coast Repertory Theatre
987 Lomas Sante Fe Drive
Solana Beach CA 92075
7:30pm $22 - tickets
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Musicalou Productions and the Isis Music Hall present the North Carolina premiere of Joan & Joni, a tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell performed by singer/songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin on Friday December 11th at 7:00 pm.

In Joan & Joni, Allison and Kipyn will bring to the stage many of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell’s well-known songs, as well as a few of their lesser-known ones. They will also demonstrate the legends’ impact on their own songwriting and performance. Allison and Kipyn met at the 2013 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference in Kerhonkson, NY. Both classically trained singers and up-and-coming musicians on the DC-area folk scene, they soon realized their musical influences were similarly shaped by the folk revival music of the 60’s.More info here.

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