Former Location –
Opened in 1959 in the former Jack’s Place dinner and dance club, the Fourth Dimension was one of a chain of three other clubs owned by Gene Ciuka. Besides booking traveling folk artists the venue often featured local performers.
With seating for about 100 people, the Fourth Dimension offered a special intimacy between the performers and the audience.
Neil Young first met Joan Anderson, later known as Joni Mitchell, when she performed at the Fourth Dimension. Stephen Stills’ folk quintet the Company appeared for a weeklong stand at the Fourth Dimension in April 1965. He and Young met up the week before at another location of the Fourth Dimension.
By 1966, rock ‘n’ roll had overtaken folk music in popularity and the Fourth Dimension closed its doors in the spring of ’66.
Fourth Dimension Coffee House
2000 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2G6
I first heard Joni Mitchell at the Fourth Dimension and loved her music and lyrics and voice so much that a friend and I returned virtually every night for the rest of her performances. I taped, with her permission, many of her songs on my (at that point very modern) portable reel-to-reel tape recorder. Unforgettable!