Both Sides Now Celebrating the Songs of Joni Mitchell

10 Aug 2022
Concert Hall, QPAC
Duration TBC
$99 - $139 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot…

Singer, songwriter, painter, poet, activist and voice of a generation, Joni Mitchell has been a quintessential part of the twentieth-century soundtrack. She grew up with folk music in the 60s, railed against injustice in the 70s, put feelings into song in the 80s and reinvented herself in the 90s. Joni Mitchell continues to gather accolades, including nine Grammy awards, entry to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Companion of the Order of Canada. Meanwhile, the depth and imagination of this heart-on-sleeve songwriter has continued to inspire artists as diverse as PrinceMadonnaJames TaylorHerbie Hancock and Bjork.

This August, the QPAC Concert Hall will play host to five award winning Australian female vocalists when they come together to express just how much Joni Mitchell means to them.

Featuring ARIA Award winning artists Katie NoonanElla HooperWendy MatthewsMelinda Schneider and Kristin Berardi, and backed by a stellar 12 piece band, get ready to hear such unforgettable songs as “Big Yellow Taxi", "Both Sides Now", "Blue”, Woodstock", "Circle Game", "A Case Of You" plus many more.

If you love real music, sung from the heart, this is one concert you won’t want to miss!

Presented by Jeff Lewis & Phil Bathols

When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century.

Katie Noonan

Over the past 20 years, five-time ARIA award-winning artist Katie Noonan has proven herself one of Australia’s most hardworking, versatile and prolific artists. Named one of the greatest Australian singers of all time by the Herald Sun, Katie has produced 21 studio albums over her career with seven x platinum record sales under her belt and 27 ARIA award nominations that span diverse genres. Katie has performed for royalty, national and international leaders, and blazed a trail for young women artists. Music, for Katie, is a lifelong lesson, a generous act of giving, and a means to change the world.

Ella Hooper

Ella Hooper is best known as the colourful singer-songwriter and front woman of Killing Heidi, a band that brought a new edge to classic Australian music. Ella has won five ARIA awards and written several top ten hits including a number one album and single. Reflector, Ella’s first album, released when she was just 17, has multi-platinum status featuring fan favourite singles ‘Weir’ and ‘Mascara’. Ella is proudly the youngest person and the first woman to have received APRA’s prestigious Songwriter of the Year Award.

Wendy Matthews

Wendy Matthews was born in Montreal, Canada, and has a reputation as an artist par excellence with a sublime, expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it. As Midnight Oil frontman, Peter Garrett, says when he eloquently describes her abilities, “Wendy’s voice is to the vocal chords what the Daintree is to the wilderness”.

All her albums to date have multi-platinum status. With an immense talent and capacity to capture and define a diverse range of styles in her music, she takes songs from every genre and makes them her own. To date Wendy has won seven ARIA awards and has performed at some of the most prestigious musical events.

Melinda Schneider

Melinda Schneider is an Australian music icon, a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, live performer, storyteller, the CEO and founder of Mpower Records, sought-after keynote speaker, and a female empowerment activist.

She’s enjoyed 40 years in Australian entertainment released a whopping 15 albums and been awarded an unbelievable six CMAA Golden Guitars. Melinda is a fearless force to be reckoned with. Few artists can say they have consistently released music but Melinda is one of them! Her authentic sound and honest songs have strongly resonated with both fans and critics. Melinda’s discography is diverse and multifaceted.

Kristin Berardi

Kristin Berardi is a Jazz vocalist and composer from Australia, who now resides in Switzerland after accepting a teaching position in the Jazz Faculty at HSLU. She started making international waves in 2006 when she won the Montreux Jazz Vocal competition, and continued to tour internationally in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Kristin has released 13 albums, won three national awards for Jazz album of the year, and has been nominated for two ARIA awards. She has also won several national awards in Australia, including the Freedman Fellowship, several Bell Awards for Best Album of the year and received a Churchill Fellowship to further her engagement with people in her field of jazz, improvisation and composition.

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