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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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Following her sold out performances at The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, QUEENIE VAN DE ZANDT brings her new cabaret show BLUE: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell to Melbourne and Sydney!

Renowned for her artful storytelling and raw, emotive vocals, cabaret chanteuse Queenie van de Zandt, returns to the cabaret stage with a brand new show exploring the songs, stories and art of the musical legend that is Joni Mitchell.

Renaissance woman, painter and poet, Mitchell created a soundtrack for the Woodstock generation.

In BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Queenie, along with musical directors Vicky Jacobs (Melbourne season) and Max Lambert (Sydney Season), and a live band, explore her love of all things Joni - affectionately reinterpreting Joni Mitchell's melancholy music, and intimately revealing the stories behind some of her most haunting songs such as A Case of You, Both Sides Now and Little Green. More info here.

Following her sold out performances at The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, QUEENIE VAN DE ZANDT brings her new cabaret show BLUE: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell to Melbourne and Sydney!

Renowned for her artful storytelling and raw, emotive vocals, cabaret chanteuse Queenie van de Zandt, returns to the cabaret stage with a brand new show exploring the songs, stories and art of the musical legend that is Joni Mitchell.

Renaissance woman, painter and poet, Mitchell created a soundtrack for the Woodstock generation.

In BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Queenie, along with musical directors Vicky Jacobs (Melbourne season) and Max Lambert (Sydney Season), and a live band, explore her love of all things Joni - affectionately reinterpreting Joni Mitchell's melancholy music, and intimately revealing the stories behind some of her most haunting songs such as A Case of You, Both Sides Now and Little Green. More info here.

Following her sold out performances at The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, QUEENIE VAN DE ZANDT brings her new cabaret show BLUE: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell to Melbourne and Sydney!

Renowned for her artful storytelling and raw, emotive vocals, cabaret chanteuse Queenie van de Zandt, returns to the cabaret stage with a brand new show exploring the songs, stories and art of the musical legend that is Joni Mitchell.

Renaissance woman, painter and poet, Mitchell created a soundtrack for the Woodstock generation.

In BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Queenie, along with musical directors Vicky Jacobs (Melbourne season) and Max Lambert (Sydney Season), and a live band, explore her love of all things Joni - affectionately reinterpreting Joni Mitchell's melancholy music, and intimately revealing the stories behind some of her most haunting songs such as A Case of You, Both Sides Now and Little Green. More info here.

In what will be an unforgettable celebration of her music rather than a typical “tribute” show, ‘This is Joni’ offers something for everyone, not just for solid fans of Joni Mitchell’s extensive musical history.

Written and performed by Melbourne singer/song writer, Lauren Elizabeth, the audience will be taken through an exploration of memorable songs from the legendary singer/songwriter, who defined a generation through her music. It is impossible to categorize Joni’s sound, as she explored so many genres, and this show pays homage to them all.

Performing her many hits such as ‘Help Me’, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Free Man In Paris’, plus a collection of songs spanning Joni’s 40-odd year career, Lauren will perform with her outstanding 6 piece band, comprising some of Melbourne’s finest musicians and special guest vocalists.

The show will also explore the artist and painter that is Joni Mitchell and the work she has produced, dating back to the early 195o’s, right up to the present day.

‘This is Joni’ intends to tour Australia throughout 2017, followed by an extensive tour of Europe in 2018.

Line up details:
Lauren Elizabeth - Lead vocals
Sam Keevers - Piano
Nathan Slater - Guitars/vocals
Philip Rex - Bass
Haydn Meggitt - Drums
Mimi Zaetta-Thomas - Backing vocals
Raleigh Williams - Backing vocals

More info here

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