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Who is the real Jann Arden?

Singer-songwriter, musician, writer, environmentalist, social activist, nature lover, citizen of the world. That’s “real Jann.” Then there’s “TV JANN.” Can one woman really play all these roles? Well, yes. One reason we admire entertainers is that they get to play roles. They put on masks and explore different sides of themselves. Canadian icon Jann Arden has been writing and performing songs for decades. Now she is the co-developer and star of her own CTV series, JANN, loosely based on her own life. “TV Jann,” as she calls this alter ego, is a pampered disorganized diva. Real Jann lives in the country, but within Calgary city limits. COVID has isolated her from people, but she still writes songs, makes her TV show, and tries to get along with animals. She is passionate about the health of people and the planet. In some ways “TV Jann” is not at all like the

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Russell Peters: A Crazy Business

Russell Peters wants to make you laugh. He just hopes you’re not so ‘woke,’ you won’t be able to. I’ve been waiting for almost three hours for Russell Peters to appear on my computer screen. It’s a strange, modern way of being stood up: staring at a screen, waiting nervously for a stranger’s face to pop up. He’s on tour, preparing to go on stage in Chicago in less than 30 minutes. I’ve resigned myself to being rescheduled.  So I’m surprised when he finally appears, adjusting his hair in the camera. He’s in the green room of the theatre in Chicago and I’m shocked at how calm and engaged he is despite the comings and goings of his fellow comedians. He’s apologetic for making me wait. I get the feeling he’s used to — if not agitated by — being booked for back-to-back commitments. There is a sibling issue. His

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