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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 - 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. 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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Upcoming tributes and events

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A jazz tribute to Joni Mitchell is scheduled on Sunday, April 23, from 6 to 8 pm, at Pizzeria Lauretano in Bethel, CT. The seven-member group includes four Newtown residents — Leslie Ballard (flute and vocals), Roger Post (drums), Matt Spencer (percussion), and Steve Zerlin (bass) — who plan to perform music from Mitchell’s critically acclaimed jazz albums, Shadows & Light, Hejira, Mingus, Miles of Aisles, Court & Spark and The Hissing of Summer Lawns. More info.

A collaborative artist residency between two interdisciplinary NYC artists (Tatiana Pandiani & Jacinta Clusellas) have created NORA, a new documentary musical theatre piece inspired by Ibsen’s "A Doll’s House" and the true stories of mothers & wives across the country, April 10-24, 2017 at Lanesboro Arts.

"There’s also a musical element to the project, which has a starting point on Joni Mitchell, one of the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. We will be listening and analyzing a selection of her songs, while relating them to the different scenes and responses that we develop through Nora’s story. We will dive into different songs from her albums Song To A Seagull, For The Roses, Clouds and more! Through lyric interpretation and different listening activities, we will share our thoughts and reflections, adding them to the overall analysis of themes and questions in the play." More information.

A benefit for Whitman-Walker Health featuring the music of Joni Mitchell and the original music of D.C.'s music community

Carefully selected California wines will be featured along with Central Coast California inspired small plates.

All proceeds benefit Whitman-Walker Health. Their mission - is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV care.

Performers include: Annie Stokes, Cynthia Marie, Ara Casey, Rachel Kline, Sarah Curtin, Alex Tebeleff, Megan Jean and the KFB, Foster Carrots, and more!

$10 donation for entrance
$20 donation provides entrance, a glass of wine, and small plates
Tickets and more information.

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