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Canadian music icon Joni Mitchell waves to the crowd after singing at the end of "Joni: A portrait in Song", a musical birthday party at Massey Hall in Toronto, June 19, 2013. (J.P. MOCZULSKI For The Globe and Mail)
Canadian music icon Joni Mitchell waves to the crowd after singing at the end of "Joni: A portrait in Song", a musical birthday party at Massey Hall in Toronto, June 19, 2013. (J.P. MOCZULSKI For The Globe and Mail)

Joni Mitchell just wants her stuff back Add to ...

“I just want my stuff back.” Joni Mitchell does not want a collection of her homemade dresses and youthful scrapbooks to be put into a museum, not even if they charged people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em.

The iconic singer told her hometown Saskatoon StarPhoenix newspaper that the items, currently in the possession of a family friend, were of no practical use to the city, regardless of whether or not lingering plans for a civic recognition of her career ever amounted to anything.

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Meanwhile, the city still struggles to find a way to honour the artist who in 2005 issued Songs of a Prairie Girl, a compilation Mitchell saw as her contribution to Saskatchewan’s Centennial Celebration.

A museum or a statue would be an uninspired tribute, so why not return her possessions and give her what she beautifully wished for in 1971? Rename a river, a freezable one called The Joni Mitchell – something to skate away on.

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