Ottawa drummer squirrelled away 1968 Joni Mitchell tape recorded by Jimi Hendrix

Folk singer Joni Mitchell plays to a sold out crowd at General Motors Place in Vancouver in 1998. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Procaylo


Jim Bronskill / The Canadian Press

Times Colonist

July 30, 2021

OTTAWA — An Ottawa drummer with a passion for collecting reel-to-reel tapes deserves applause for the coming release of a Joni Mitchell performance recorded over half a century ago by none other than virtuoso guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

The impromptu 1968 recording session of blossoming singer-songwriter Mitchell at the national capital’s Le Hibou Coffee House has long been the stuff of pop music lore, documented in Hendrix’s diary.

But the tape’s fate was a mystery for decades.

Mitchell announced this week that selections from the Ottawa gig would be included on a volume of archival recordings from 1968-71 to be released in October.

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