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Hancock, Atwood join songwriters gala for Mitchell tribute   Print


CBC Arts
January 23, 2007

Award-winning musician and composer Herbie Hancock, Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood and Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy are among the latest artists to join the upcoming Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame gala.

Hancock and Atwood will help pay tribute to inductee Joni Mitchell. The jazz great will present Mitchell her award and accompany previously announced performer Chaka Khan on piano for a rendition of Help Me. Atwood is scheduled to read a selection of her favourite Mitchell lyrics.

Senator and songwriter Jean Lapointe will also take part in the downtown Toronto celebrations on Jan. 28, helping induct Quebec music icon Jean-Pierre Ferland into the hall.

Cuddy is among the new performers announced by organizers on Monday. He is scheduled take the stage with Canadian alt-country singer-songwriter Oh Susanna (Suzie Ungerleider) to perform You Were On My Mind  a Sylvia Fricker (Tyson) song that is being inducted into the Canadian institution this year.

Previously announced artists set to participate include James Taylor, Michael Bublé, Isabelle Boulay, Patrick Bruel, George Canyon and Measha Brueggergosman.

The ceremony will also feature the presentation of legacy awards to Canadian tenor Henry Burr and Canadian folk music impresario Sam Gesser.

Hosted by CBC Radio's Andrew Craig and Radio-Canada's Sophie Durocher, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame gala will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The following day, CBC Radio with broadcast segments of the tribute gala, beginning with Sounds Like Canada on Radio One at 11 a.m. and as a two-hour special beginning at 8 p.m. on Radio Two. A CBC-TV production will follow on March 5.

 

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