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It is with regret that we announce the passing of John Uren, "the Godfather of Canadian Folk". John hired a young Joni Anderson to play at his coffeehouse in Calgary in September of 1963 - the first regular gig of her career. Joni at the time was an art student and John's belief in her talent arguably had an influence on Joni switching gears and pursuing a musical path.

John was an adventurer and a visionary, tackling many varied careers - cab driver, horse owner/trainer, magazine publisher, coffeehouse owner, folk festival promoter, filmmaker, and much more. Last September, John attended the 20th Anniversary Jonifest on BC's Sunshine Coast, just a few miles south of his home. He can be seen speaking at the event here.

John died Tuesday at his home in Powell River, BC. He was 81 years old. At his request there will be no service, celebration, or published obituary (although the Globe and Mail has done so). Many articles, spanning the decades, can be found on his rich life here on the website: 1963, 1972, 2005, and 2014.

Eric Anderson sings for Joni backstage before his performance at McCabe's in Santa Monica last night. (Photo by Steve Postell)

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The three piece Shadows and Light perform stunning interpretations of iconic singer–songwriter Joni Mitchell’s legendary song book, including classics from the landmark ‘Blue’ album, along with numbers like ‘Hejira’, ‘Secret Place’ and ‘Hissing of Summer Lawns’. With vocalist Maura Vambeck, Dave Mulligan on guitar and Paul Enright on keyboard, their hypnotic performance of the lyrics and life of Joni brings to vivid life Joan Anderson, the poet, artist and mother. More info

Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project returns to The E Spot Lounge at Vitello’s Upstairs in Studio City on their 2017 summer tour. After two sold-out concerts at this venue in tribute to their favorite singer-songwriter, Kiki Ebsen and her band, including Grant Geissman, Terry Wollman, Steven Lawrence, and Matt Starr return in concert and offer patrons the opportunity to enjoy an evening of music by the iconic singer/songwriter.

In 1968, Kiki Ebsen discovered the magic of Joni Mitchell on “Song to a Seagull.” With each subsequent release including “Clouds,” “Ladies of the Canyon,” and onto “Blue,” Kiki discovered the magic of Mitchell’s brilliant lyrics, amazing arrangements, and solid song stylings, each new album giving greater insight into Joni’s artistry. Ebsen created The Joni Mitchell Project” as an opportunity for Joni-inspired professional musicians to join her in declaring “our respect, regard, and unending appreciation for her gifts.” Concert repertoire includes selections from nine of Mitchell’s albums, from “Song to a Seagull” through “Wild Things Run Fast” (1968–1976).

Location: E-Spot Lounge, Vitello’s Restaurant, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, CA 91604
Tickets: http://www.vitellosrestaurant.com/purchase-tickets
Time: 8:00–10:00pm
For more info: https://kikiebsen.com/the-joni-mitchell-project

Summer fun returns to Laguna Beach, California this summer, as Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project returns to perform the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters for their second year. “The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is a 501©3 with a mission to promote, produce, and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts.”

What better memories for Summer 2017 than to celebrate Joni’s songs in the perfect beach setting as the decades separating now from the days when her songs were first on the radio seem to disappear from the first song forward. Longtime patrons know the Festival of Arts as one of the most exciting live music events in the area. Performing from 5:30 – 7:30pm on the Festival Concert Stage promises the audience an unforgettable evening.

Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project features:
Kiki Ebsen (vocals, piano, keyboard, guitar)
Grant Geissman (guitars, sitar, vocals)
Terry Wollman (guitar, vocals)
Steven Lawrence (bass)
Matt Starr (drums)

Location: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2FestivalofArts
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
For more info: https://kikiebsen.com/the-joni-mitchell-project

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