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HALL, JOE "What's in the news today? etc." Born Hans Joachim Boenke to Johann Boenke and Johanna Maria Zeirmann in Wuppertal, Germany, on May 15, 1947, has climbed into his cannon and blasted off for THE NEW FRONTIER. His voyage to SOME OTHER PLANET leaves behind, on this one, his brothers Ron and Ken Hall, his loving partner Anna Hall and their children Sam and Marie. He was predeceased by his ex-wife and Queen Street West contemporary Ann Hall (Greer). Their children, Sarah and Morgan Hall-Boenke and his granddaughter Cassie continue, MOMENT TO MOMENT. His first child Chandra Corriveau, her mother Lesslie Askin and his grandchildren Dyami and Hannah carry on too, WAY OUT WEST. He will be missed by musical collaborators, Continental Drifters, Screaming Vegetables and Geezer Hockey League Co-Conspirators, way too numerous to name. "They number into the thousands..." A unique voice has left us. A stunningly original singer/songwriter, poet, guitarist and professional maniac, JOE died at home in Peterborough on March 22, 2019. He grew up in London, Ontario and was performing by the mid 60s. HAPPY WITH MY HAIR. Beginning with a band called the Eyeball Wine Company, he toured across Canada many times. FRESH OUTTA REHAB. He leaves a rich musical legacy of a dozen full-length recordings, including the 2018 "JOE HALL... and the CONTINENTAL DRIFT". HAPPY IN THE DECADENT WEST. There are many videos of his songs to be found in cyberspace. DIRTBAG'S BACK IN TOWN. He had a singular viewpoint and the verbal precision of a poet; listening to him it sometimes felt as if Einstein had written songs. TIME AND DISTANCE. He was able to make people see the world in a new way. ON THE STREETS OF MY HOMETOWN. He was not well-known nationally, but in many cities those who knew his work loved it (and him) intensely. VAMPIRE BEAVERS. NOS HABLOS TELEPHONOS. Beyond the music and the fierce creativity, he was a very serious, tender, humorous man, loyal, generous and beloved by many. MY IMAGINATION AND ME. Now JOE HALL has left the building. YOU COULD BE THE RIVER. He was truly irreplaceable and will leave a giant hole. In lieu of flowers, or donations to charities or research, the family asks that you fill the palm of someone needy on the street. Look them in the eye and give them a smile. JOE was good at that.

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Published in Toronto Star on Mar. 29, 2019.
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April 4, 2019
RIP Joe ♥
I'm going to miss you! Your angel has come to take you home to heaven ♥
What a beautiful song ❤
Lily Linka
April 3, 2019
Joe Hall wrote the sound tract to my life.
WE listended to him many many times in the 80's and 90's and he was always one of my favorite performers in nay venue. RIP to the Great Joe Hall. I would love to come to the memorial
jonathan wright
March 30, 2019
A shock and a loss. Haven't seen him for many years but i remember the first time i saw him playing at the Tunnel inn in Kitchener and i thought he was the writer of the song You ain't going Nowhere, and then there was 'St Anne let your doves fall free' ! 1970 in his room at the Anchor hotel in gastown with George, jamming a
bit, and that long night in Calgary with John Carter and me and some of the band where he improvised lyrics and melodies for hours , maybe 1981. A musical inspiration , always remembered bon voyage on the great journey through all the alternate universes. Jim Horne Calgary
James Horne
March 30, 2019
To: Kaiser. Is that Terry? Celebration is at the Tranzac on May 17th.
Jack McCluskey
March 30, 2019
Your creativity and humour was unmatched. At every opportunity I followed and enjoyed your shows for over 40 years. My sympathies go out to all your family and friends you will be greatly missed.
James Cushing
March 30, 2019
Although many years have passed since I last saw Joe, his stunning lyrics and astonishingly beautiful chord structures still haunt me. His unique sense of humour was contagious and his insights on the world and people around him were breathtakingly articulate.
So glad to have met you Joe. You will be sorely missed by your family and many ardent fans.
Anne Waring
March 30, 2019
So long Joe you were one of a kind
Condolences to all his family friends and fans.
Gary LeDrew
March 30, 2019
just want to find out a memorial date ..old friend for 25 yrs/I will fly out /please someone contact me
March 30, 2019
Joe Hall, Vancouver, April 2000. He is holding the baritone ukulele which belonged to Malcolm Lowry.
March 29, 2019
I can't believe you are gone Joe. Thanks for all the great music and the live shows that taught me to be me and not a slave to the radio. I'll be playing your music until it's time for me to pass into oblivion. We all pass.
Russell Musgrove
March 29, 2019
At the Caledon folk festival
You have no idea how much enjoyment you brought me. And after all these years, I'm STILL trying to figure you out.
Rob Wakelin
March 29, 2019
Joe and piano on Queen St. W.
Jack McCluskey
March 29, 2019
RIP Joe!! you will be greatly missed!! thanks for the ride!
Robbie Rox
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