Toronto Celebrates Joni Mitchell with a Birthday Concert

Performers include Bill Frisell, Glen Hansard and Rufus Wainwright

Bill Frisell
Brian Blade performing with the Wayne Shorter Quartet at the 2012 DJF
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Toronto’s Luminato Festival’s 2013 Premiere Series will feature a birthday celebration for eight-time Grammy winner Joni Mitchell.

Luminato honors the singer-songwriter’s 70th birthday with a lineup including Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright and Bill Frisell. Drummer/bandleader Brian Blade and pianist/composer Jon Cowherd will provide musical direction and arrangements. The band will also include Melvin Butler, Jeff Haynes, Mark Isham, Chris Thomas and Marvin Sewell.

Joni: A Portrait in Song takes place at Massey Hall in Toronto June 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. The show is part of the 7th annual, multi-arts Luminato Festival, taking place June 14-23.

Visit the Luminato website for tickets and more information.