While she could not be in Saskatoon in person, a close friend of Joni Mitchell’s said the legendary singer-songwriter was able to watch a live-stream as she was honoured by the city she once called home.
Sharolyn Dickson said Mitchell couldn’t be happier.
“It’s just huge. You know, it’s been so long coming and we’ve talked so long about what might happen, but the city absolutely hit on the perfect thing for her,” Dickson said.
The singer-songwriter was recognized in two ways Sunday.
A plaque was unveiled at the Broadway Theatre to commemorate the Louis Riel Cafe, where Mitchell got her start as a performer. Later, a section of River Landing, near the Remai Art Gallery, was named Joni Mitchell Promenade.
“It was such a huge draw for her. She would always say, ‘Let’s go down to the river,'” Dickson said.
Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark was among those in attendance.
“So many of her powerful songs that have influenced the world are rooted in the places and lives of our community,” Clark said.
“She took inspiration from our streets, our buildings, our river and our people. These are the stories that are woven through her songs and we are so pleased to celebrate this relationship with her.”
—With files from 650 CKOM’s Keenan Sorokan.