Funny-lady Jann Arden brings Christmas show to Royal Theatre

Canadian superstar Jann Arden will bring her quick wit and passion for music to the Royal Theatre as she joins the Victoria Symphony for an evening of holiday music.

The multi-platinum, award-winning artist will join conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia as Arden brings her nationwide, sold-out Christmas show to the Royal Theatre on Dec. 16.

Arden first catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album Time For Mercy featuring the hit single, “I Would Die For You.” A year later with Living Under June, she would have her career break-out hit “Insensitive” that would solidify her position in the music world.

Arden has released 12 albums with 19 top 10 singles. Her most recent recording, Everything Almost was released in 2014. With Grammy award-winning producer Bob Rock behind the console, the 11-track disc is considered to be amongst Jann’s finest work – progressive, yet retaining the magic that is distinctly Arden.

In addition to being a singer/songwriter, Arden is an author of note. She has written three books – If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d tell You and I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing, That’s All I Know and her best selling self-penned memoir, Falling Backwards.

Most notably though Arden’s newest release Feeding My Mother is based on her popular Facebook posts and Instagram photos.

Feeding My Mother is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Arden’s life that has turned her into the primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

“My mom instilled a lot of wisdom in me, so I know I’m making good decisions that she would applaud,” Arden wrote on her Facebook page. “I hear her at night telling me things when I am half asleep. She is part ghost and part saviour and I am scared and relieved in one single breath.”

Arden will be hosting a book signing in conjunction with Bolen Books and Penguin Random House at Bolen Books Dec. 17. The event is free to attend.

Over the span of her career, Arden has won eight Juno Awards including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year and in 1997 she hosted the Awards ceremony.

In 2010, Arden also took on broadcast duties as the host of Being Jann an hour- long talk show on CBC Radio and in 2011 she sat in the judge’s chair for Canada Sings (Global TV).

This year Arden guest hosted on The Social, taking her seat at the table on the popular CTV daytime program. Arden has also narrated the popular program, ER Vets and she has produced two Documentaries – Free and Jann Takes Manhattan, both of which were met with favourable reviews.

Whether she is captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice – Arden is a Canadian original.

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