Joni Mitchell, one of Canada’s greatest singer-songwriters, is being honoured and celebrated in Saskatoon, the place she spent her childhood, and where she began her career.
The University of Saskatchewan, in the central prairie province, bestowed an honourary degree on Mitchell today at a graduation ceremony.
“She was ahead of her time in writing about reconciling relations with each other and the land we live on”
The city of Saskatoon is also installing a plaque on the now trendy Broadway Avenue acknowledging what was the Louis Riel Coffee House, where Mitchell played her first paying gig.
And a promenade along the river will be inaugurated with a ceremony on Sunday June 10th. While Mitchell is not expected to attend, officials said she did participate and had input into these honours.
“So many of Ms. Mitchell’s powerful songs that have influenced the world are rooted in the places and lives of our community,” Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon, stated in a release today.
“She wrote honestly and prophetically. She was ahead of her time in writing about reconciling relations with each other and the land we live on,” he said.
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