The Butchart Chronicles : August 6, 2015

Jann Arden Special Event, Friday, August 7, 2015

When:  7:30 pm

Where:  Concert Lawn at The Gardens

Important:  Arrive early to avoid line ups!

Jann Arden
  EARLY ARRIVAL - Be aware, extraordinarily high demand for this event may result in The Gardens reaching capacity and closing to arrival.

We urge you to:

  • Arrive as early as possible. Parking is guaranteed for Jann Arden Special Event advance ticket holders ONLY. Please arrive well in advance of the 6:00 pm cut-off-time in order to expedite your arrival and to guarantee admission and parking for this event. For all others, we highly recommend that you arrive much earlier. Expect delays enroute to The Gardens, and plan your arrival time accordingly
  • Consider car-pooling with others coming to the event
  • Take a taxi/tour bus
  • Take public transit from downtown

If you have purchased Jann Arden Special Event advance tickets, please refer to your ticket for important information. Learn how to get to The Gardens from Vancouver, Victoria or Washington state

Parking is guaranteed only for those holding specially marked Jann Arden tickets pre-sold online; providing you are admitted through the gates before 6:00 pm. Expect delays enroute and plan your arrival time accordingly.

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When you get to The Gardens:

  • Find a place on the Concert Lawn for your chair or blanket  (Note: blankets may not be spread out until after 3:00 pm)
  • Bring a picnic or order a Gourmet Picnic from the award winning Dining Room Restaurant
  • Have a meal in the Dining Room Restaurant (reservations recommended) or The Blue Poppy Restaurant
  • Enjoy some gelato in the Gelateria in the Italian Garden or by the Rose Carousel or a coffee or summer drink in our Coffee Shop
  • Take in the gardens, relax on a cool bench in the Japanese Garden or take a Boat Tour
  • Browse the offerings in The Seed and Gift Store
  • Please refrain from bringing alcohol into The Gardens. Smoking is not permitted inside The Gardens. (Please ask a staff member for directions to the designated smoking areas in the bus and car parking lots.)
  • After the show, experience Night Illumination. The Gardens are open one hour past closing time to 11:00 pm
  • Maps in 22 languages of The Butchart Gardens

Jann Arden

Jann Arden, Canadian born, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author is a much celebrated multi-platinum, award winning artist catapulting 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 ten 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 Jann.  In her career to date she has received 8 Juno Awards including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year and in 1997 she hosted the Awards ceremony.  Arden is also the recipient of 10 SOCAN Awards, 4 Western Canadian Music Awards, a Much Music Video Award, 3 Prairie Music Awards and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award.

Jann is the proud recipient of a star on Canada's Walk of Fame; she has been inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, has been given the Vantage Women of Originality Award.  In 2012 she was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Alliance Hall of Fame.

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.

In 2010, Jann 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 Jann has been a guest host 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.

Never one to settle into one discipline, Jann has made appearances in television sitcoms (Ellen - 1997, Corner Gas - 2005) and has made several guest appearances on the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report.  In 2000, she took part in The Vagina Monologues when it toured Canada.

Arden's philanthropic work has included World Vision, she performed in Live 8 and MAC Cosmetics Fashion Cares AIDS benefit.  In recent years Jann has also supported Gilda’s Club in Toronto 

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 – Jann Arden is a Canadian original – a brilliant multi-dimensional talent. (Bio and photos courtesy of jannarden.com)

Jann Arden