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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)

Introduced by a teary-eyed Jennifer Aniston, Sara Bareilles performed Joni's "Both Sides Now" as the vocal backing to an exceptionally powerful In Memoriam segment at the 2017 Oscars. The piece honored all who the academy and film industry had lost in the past year including singer/actor Prince, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Gene Wilder, Mary Tyler Moore, Debbie Reynolds, her daughter Carrie Fisher and many more. Watch the video here.

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June 16, 2017
8pm-10pm. Doors open at 7pm.
Edmond Town Hall, Alexandria Room
45 Main Street, Newtown CT.
$12. Limited seating: Tickets in advance suggested.
Purchase at Edmond Town Hall box office during box office hours, and online at

A tribute to singer-composer Joni Mitchell is scheduled at Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall in the Alexandria Room on June 16th at 8pm. Doors will open at 7pm. Playing music from her critically acclaimed jazz albums: Shadows & Light, Hejira, Mingus, Miles of Aisles, Court & Spark, and The Hissing of Summer Lawns, the seven-member group includes three Newtown natives: Leslie Ballard (vocals, flute), Steve Zerlin (bass), and Roger Post (drums). The group also features Christian Martirano on keyboards, Steve Moran on sax, Tony DePaolo on guitar, and percussionist Lee Caron.

The group’s previous Joni Mitchell Jazz shows have sold out, so advance tickets are strongly suggested. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Edmond Town Hall box office during box office hours, or online at

8pm-10pm. Doors open at 7pm.
Edmond Town Hall, Alexandria Room
45 Main Street, Newtown CT.

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
Time: 8:00–10:00pm
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After releasing two ambitious studio albums and relentlessly touring for the last three years, Providence, RI art-pop power trio Arc Iris is ready to unveil its next project to the world: a complete re-imagination of Joni Mitchell's seminal album Blue. Whereas acoustic guitars and minimal arrangements are some of the hallmarks on Mitchell's original recording, Arc Iris' interpretation of the music is bold and modern. The band mixes the sounds of symphonic analogue synths, heavy drum beats, and sampling, while the iconic songs themselves are never swallowed up by the tide of these inventive arrangements. More info

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
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
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