2014/15 Professional Series
Soulful, drawn-from-life tales.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man, Marc Cohn has solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters. Best known for his Grammy-winning hit Walking in Memphis, Cohn’s reputation as a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, is highly regarded.
Ending a nearly ten-year absence from the studio, Marc Cohn released Join the Parade, one of his most critically-acclaimed records. His latest album, Listening Booth: 1970 ultimately brought Cohn back to where he began – writing songs that speak so eloquently about the transformative, healing power of music.
Life set to music.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Carpenter turned songwriter David Francey sings the stories of real people and real places. As one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers, David’s openhearted lyricism and honesty has earned the musician multiple Juno Awards and top honours in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
The troubadour’s keen eye for the heart of the matter packs an emotional punch in his beautifully crafted and superbly played music. His tenth album, So Say We All, unlocks the magic hidden in the ordinary in its brilliantly minimalistic, instantly classic collection of songs – songs that capture the dark times and shining moments of our lives.
A powerful step forward.
Friday, Feb 13 & Saturday, Feb 14, 2015
Bringing class and craft to his pop-rock stylings, this singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s candour of lyrics and virtuosity is ever astonishing.
Accomplished, poignant balladeer Royal Wood returns to the Arden stage on Valentine’s Day weekend with The Burning Bright, a product of multiple worlds that is his strongest album to date. Capturing his truest musical voice yet, it chronicles an extraordinary year of travel, turmoil and personal discovery.
Bearing emotional weight that comes from an overdue search through one’s past and future, Royal sings of his journey in a smooth and heartfelt manner, revealing a deeper, more introspective side than we’ve ever heard before.
With Opening Guest Jamie Hutchinson
Laughter is just around the corner.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tickets are now on sale!
Off the heels of the recent release of Corner Gas: The Movie, comedian, actor, writer and director Brent Butt returns to St. Albert for one laugh out loud night of hilarity.
Not your typical overnight sensation, Brent Butt’s popularity has grown from years of hard work, honing his comedic chops on multiple tours, festivals and TV special appearances. His signature brand of humour quickly gave him the reputation of an “everyman” comedian and led to the phenomenon that is Corner Gas.
Since his days in the prairie town of Dog River, Brent has starred in the television show Hiccups, released his first feature film entitled No Clue, and has resumed his stand-up comedy touring. There is little doubt the future holds many untold achievements for one of Canada’s brightest stars.
John McEuen &
John Carter Cash
Will the Circle Be Unbroken:
A Tribute to the Carter Family
How an iconic record came to life.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded their flagship 1972 release Will the Circle Be Unbroken with an elite group of bluegrass and country music legends – "Mother" Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Merle Travis and Earl Scruggs – they never anticipated the extraordinary success and cross-generational appeal it would have.
The collection of Carter Family music is recognized as a classic American album, and John McEuen is eager to share the stories and memories that sprouted during its creation.
Joining forces with John Carter Cash and family, the group transports audiences back to that magical period in time through a multimedia show that features historic personal photographs, enthusiastic narrative and a treasure trove of songs.
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Les Yeux Noirs
Friday, February 27, 2015
With equal parts gypsy, Klezmer and plenty of jazz-rock influences, the music of Les Yeux Noirs is not for the faint at heart. Keeping the musical tradition of their family alive for over 20 years, brothers Eric and Olivier Slabiak embrace a wide-ranging mix of cultural influences as the root of their unclassifiable sound.
Soaked in Eastern European and Yiddish flavours, Les Yeux Noirs’ captivating rhythms stir up a flurry of activity into an exhilarating musical journey. Their fervent energy and love of sharing brings people of all different backgrounds together through their colourful stories about other worlds.
You’re the one that I want.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Ever had the uncontrollable urge to burst into song? Always wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady? Well, now is your chance to don some leather, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the lead character!
In this fully interactive evening, watch John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics which are shown on the screen. Every performance starts with a Sing-a-long-a host who warms up the audience and trains them how to “hand-jive” before deploying the contents of their free magic moments fun packs.
Dressing up is strongly encouraged and full audience participation is essential.
Delhi 2 Dublin
The new sound of music.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Take a wild, borderless trip around the world with one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands. Delhi 2 Dublin, pegged the “United Nations of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, are making a strong statement on the global stage with their genre-bending blend of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica.
Challenging the definition of urban music, these road warriors are transcending stereotypes and creating their own niche at the intersection of where east meets west. Plug into this high-energy, multi-cultural music experience where originality and evolution are at the heart of a Delhi 2 Dublin concert.
Heart and drive
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Since 1985, Altan has organically grown to become an unmatched ambassador of Irish music and culture to audiences worldwide. With their unwavering, no-compromise commitment to their heritage, this powerhouse group continues to reach new heights with dynamic concerts and genuine camaraderie among its members.
Internationally recognized for their dazzling instrumental prowess, Altan returns to the Arden for a St. Patrick’s Day party with a captivating collection of traditional tunes that have made their way into the New World. Unquestionably the next legendary name in Celtic music, Altan’s virtuosic musicality cannot be missed.
Featuring Special Guest Sharron Matthews
A tour-de-force evening of comedy.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Cultural icon, comedienne, social activist and multi-Gemini Award winner Mary Walsh will wildly and sporadically perform a collection of her best comedic bits and most popular characters from Dancing With Rage, CODCO, and the highly acclaimed series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Mary Walsh navigates through pop culture, politics and capitalism while taking on her vibrant and constantly emerging catalogue of characters. Cabaret chanteuse Sharron Matthews joins her as a special guest serving up her signature irreverent wit with hit melody mash-ups.
Get ready for a night of roaring laughter and hilarious satire with two of Canada’s funniest women!
Friday, April 17, 2015
Tenacious, Ottawa-based trio MonkeyJunk aren’t afraid to mess with formula. Their fiery brand of high octane blues-rock and no-holds-barred instrumental attacks is propelling the band into a league all their own.
MonkeyJunk tunes in to an array of genres with their third album, All Frequencies. Coming in with no static, their strong and confident hybrid of greasy rock ‘n’ roll, swamp blues and uptown funk produces electrified soundscapes that are making waves throughout North America. Since 2008, MonkeyJunk have become frequent winners of Maple Blues Awards, including the award for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ in 2014.