A-list stars celebrate songwriters hall induction
Joni Mitchell was 18 years old the first time she met an actual songwriter.
Apparently, it made an impression.
Some 45 years later, the highly revered Alberta-born, Saskatchewan-raised singer-songwriter was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame last night during a gala concert at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
"I thought it was extraordinary that I had met a man who had wrote a song," Mitchell, 63, said after sustained and loud applause while she stood on the stage at the John Bassett Theatre.
"I was working in a coffee house in Saskatoon and I'd sung songs and I'd danced to songs but I'd never met a man who had wrote a song, and about three years, I guess, it took until I wrote my first song and, well, as you know, I wrote a lot of them, a lot of them are quite unorthodox."
Reflecting Mitchell's wide-ranging musical adventures over the last four decades -- she described herself as "a meditative artist in a calculated world" -- artists from folk, funk, jazz and opera paid tribute to her last night .
And the smiling Mitchell was clearly moved by the experience, even gamely joining in on an impromptu crowd singalong led by gala co-host Andrew Craig of Big Yellow Taxi between performances.
"It's very powerful to reminisce and to be in the company of such terrific friends," said Mitchell, who said she had pals in tow that went as far back as the fourth grade. "I'm overwhelmed at their loyalty to me over the years and how much fun we still have together. This is a great honour for all musicians. Anyone who receives this honour should be very, very proud. But we are building a heritage here in this country."
Among those honouring Mitchell was former '70s paramour and fellow singer-songwriter James Taylor.
|Joni Mitchell tells the Hall of Fame audience that "it's very powerful to reminisce and to be in the company of such terrific friends" during her induction last night. (MARK O'NEILL, SUN)|
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