2014/15 Professional Series
A voice like brushstrokes on canvas.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
With just a single note, you’ll be drawn into a world of love, loss, sadness and flights of happiness. Hear more, and you’ll be left speechless.
With her iridescent voice and intuitive ability to express emotion, Jenn Grant has made her way to the top of the Maritime music scene – a place famous for its fictional dreamers and real world songbirds. As a Juno nominated, Polaris Prize-listed and multiple East Coast Music Award-winning artist, Grant is not only one of Canada’s premier vocalists, but also a talented visual artist.
Her smoky, jazz-tinged music, nuanced with a folk sensibility, has been heard on Grey’s Anatomy, Mercy and Heartland.
Young Drunk Punk
Written & Performed by Bruce McCulloch
Some things never get old.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
A late addition, yet incredible standout hit in our 2013–2014 season, writer and director Bruce McCulloch returns to St. Albert to deliver his singular brand of dark humour and wit.
Combining stand-up comedy, music and assorted anecdotal insights in his one-man show, Young Drunk Punk, the Edmonton native chronicles his journey from being a cynical member of ‘Kids in the Hall’ to becoming a ‘pajama-clad dad’ living in the Hollywood Hills.
Young Drunk Punk will soon hit the television airwaves as a new comedy series, serving as “a redemptive example for high school graduates today, who are not certain of their future plans.”
Please note: This performance is intended for mature audiences and contains coarse language.
Letting the muse take control.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Sorry, sold out
Confident and charming chanteuse Jill Barber has reached starry heights as one of Canada’s most popular jazz-pop singers. Her wonderfully evocative, husky, unmistakable voice casts a spell that leaves one helpless amidst lyrical themes of romance and dreams. Inspired by the great ladies of song, Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf, Jill is renowned on the international stage for her impeccably crafted, bilingual tunes.
Trusting her musical instincts in her sixth album, Fool’s Gold, which was recorded within months of entering motherhood, Jill Barber stumbles upon fortune with soul-flavoured music that has the magical quality of moonlight.
His story to a soundtrack.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
While it has taken a long time for Adam Cohen to find comfort in his own artistic space, the son of music poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen has come to terms with exactly who he is. His album Like A Man is sparse yet complex, sensuous and haunting, dark and beautiful – qualities that embrace his history and influences rather than fight them.
Adam Cohen’s acoustic collection of lovelorn melodies showcases his folk sensibility and song writing mastery that has allowed him to forge his own sound identity. The Montreal-born musician makes his Arden debut with his songs that are natural, eloquent and uninhibited.
One-Man Star Wars
May the force be with you.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Clad in black, without any set or props, Canadian actor Charles Ross takes audiences on a brilliant and hysterical ride through one of the greatest film franchises of all time. An amazing visual storyteller, Ross hustles through every famous line of the Star Wars Trilogy. What began as an Off-Broadway play has since been performed over 1,200 times around the world to dedicated fans of the Star Wars universe.
With his comedic wit, immaculate attention to detail and breakneck speed, Charles Ross plays all of George Lucas’ iconic characters, recreates the sound effects, fights both sides of the battles and even sings from the famous John Williams score.
De Temps Antan
Folklore with lots of stomp.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Power trio De Temps Antan is propelling folk to a whole new level with its latest release, Ce monde ici-bas. Serving up another infectious slice of Quebec’s musical heritage with their traditional reels, contemporary Cajun-spiced tunes and ancient ballads of medieval France, the remarkably diverse album is highly influenced by their world travels and strong family ties.
Every De Temps Antan concert experience is an unforgettable one, drenched in an undeniable joie-de-vivre energy that keeps the pure essence of their music alive and thriving. Dare to stay in your seat once immersed in their virtuosic sound of warmth and harmony.
The Campbell Brothers
present Sacred Steel
Saturday, November 15, 2014
With their propulsive beat and inspiring sound, The Campbell Brothers are the leading proponents of unique, steel guitar-driven gospel music. As one of the first groups of their kind to spread their African-American sacred steel sound to a larger audience, from holy haven to the concert stage, the trio of brothers and one son is shredding perceptions of classic church music.
Their soul-stirring blend of electric blues, rock and jazz heard on their latest album, Beyond the 4 Walls, emerged from the purgatory the musicians themselves were caught in.
Joyous in tone, emotion and feeling, their instruments become another voice, singing the praises of musical freedom.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Christmastime is here.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
$32 Adult \ $24 Child
You may not know Jerry Granelli by name, but you certainly know his music. In the mid-1960s, Jerry was the drummer for the Vince Guaraldi Trio, the trio that was called upon to score a heartwarming Christmas cartoon drawn by iconic Peanuts creator Charles Schultz.
Guaraldi’s music, an iconic soundtrack to the holiday season, has bridged the gap in generations for nearly half a century with its endearing charm, humour and innocence that reflects Charlie Brown’s search of the meaning of Christmas.
In this rare performance by Jerry Granelli, relive festive childhood memories with timeless classics from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
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.
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.