TORONTO — You can’t stop the incredible force of Jann Arden.
This year, the Calgary chanteuse is going to be everywhere, from the Juno Awards broadcast where she’ll be ushered into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, to nationwide concert stages with her 19-city tour that kicks off in May.
Throw in Arden’s greatest hits album release, a new season of her CTV comedy series, and a book about “becoming a certain age” that’s due in the fall, and Arden is running at a pace that could leave even the most aspirational stars behind.
“I don’t think I’ll ever stop,” she says, pausing for a moment in the midst of a full day of publicity. “I really want to live a purposeful life.”
Over her three decades in music, Arden, 57, has already covered many bases in the Canadian entertainment business. She’s played comedian, television host and was appointed to the Order of Canada, but Tuesday marked a first of sorts.
She was the centrepiece of a press conference organized by concert promoter Live Nation, which attempted to capture the many threads of Arden 2020 in one media event, a relatively unusual stunt for a Canadian artist in this day in age.