Ken Janzen (Aug 5, 1970 - Jan 18, 2008) was only 37 years old when he died of lung cancer on Jan. 18, 2008. Kenny was a web designer, a graphic artist, a painter, a writer, a pianist and composer. He wrote several songs in tribute to various family members, his Oma and Opan, and Sue, his wife.
Kenny was also my brother-in-law. He bailed me out of many a computer glitch when he was alive. Just a quick phone call and he'd be over and had the computer working in no time. Kenny got me into websie design, saying that my photographs were too nice to hide in the closet. "Why don't you put them online?" And oh, did I forget to mention that besides being a composer and singer, he was also a computer whiz? Maybe the best thing to honour him by would be to let you listen to his version of "You Raise Me Up" popularly associated with Josh Groban. You will appreciate that Ken Janzen's rendition is quite nice too. Though not one of his own, Kenny sings the song with deep feeling. It comes from his first ever CD launch in 2007 of "My Sentiments Exactly," which was used as part of a fundraiser in 2007 for his cancer.
When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me
-- Lyricist: Brendan Graham
Listen to "You Lift Me Up "
Sung by Ken Janzen
*Resource: Ken Janzen from his CD: "My Sentiments Exactly"
P.S. In the 2017 version of this website I had pictures and bios of a whole series of great Canadian singers, but a letter from some company in Toronto put the fear of the Lord in me for copyright, so I removed all that hard work. It's a shame because this website is intended to honour Canadians who became famous, and even those not so famous. It's been a hobby of mine since my retirement. Along with web design, I've diverted to writing murder mysteries, which I now unabashedly advertise on this website, mainly because I'm proud of that accomplishment and also it's my own copyright. There you go!
However, here is a list of Canadian singers who did get big "names", like Jim Croce used to sing...I'd like to at least name them:
Ian and Sylvia
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Elora Festival Singers
Boy the wings back here are really getting crowded with you Canadians! Gee you guys! Quit shovin'! There's hardly any elbow room back here!