Jann Arden is a Canadian born, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author. The much celebrated, multi-platinum award-winning artist has released 14 albums with 19 top ten singles.
On November 21st of 2017, Arden released the Canadian best seller “Feeding My Mother – Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss” (Penguin Random House Canada). The book shares insights, loss, irony, and yes humour, as mother and daughter face the journey together.
Gavin Crawford is a Canadian actor and comedian. Former cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes , hosted the 2008 Canadian Screenwriting Awards and the Canadian version of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? He's made guest appearances on Murdoch Mysteries, Made in Canada, Heartland, The Red Green Show and Corner Gas and is currently host of the comedy news quiz series Because News on CBC Radio One. Crawford was the recipient of the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award and a Gemini Award.
Laila Biali is an established, Canadian jazz musician (SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards) and has played prestigious venues including; North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall. She’s toured with GRAMMY award winners (Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega) and recorded with the international icon - Sting.
The Venuti String Quartet is made up of some of the most sought after freelance musicians in Toronto. Their members frequently perform with many of the major orchestral ensembles in Toronto, including The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet of Canada and Tafelmusik. They are a highly versatile group comfortable performing not only the great classical repertoire but also jazz, contemporary and many other musical genres such as K-pop, hip hop, tango and disco.
Kenneth Welsh is knownas one of Canada's hardest working actors. He has won five Geminis for Canadian television roles, and a Genie, an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Alberta, and he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is known as the multi-faceted villain, Windom Earle, in Twin Peaks and played the father of Katharine Hepburn as portrayed by Cate Blanchett in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator.
Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s most highly regarded songwriters. He began writing and performing songs in his late teens and has played at major music festivals and rooms throughout North America. His work has been covered by other folk and country artists. Murray has won 11 JUNO awards and has 18 albums to this credit.
The evening’s host will be award-winning television producer, host, author and Member of the Order of Canada, Denise Donlon.