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May 14 - 8:00PM
FirstOntario Concert Hall

Jann Arden & Rick Mercer

The Will They or Won't They Tour

February 26, 2024 - Today, Singer/songwriter and author Jann Arden and comedian and TV personality Rick Mercer announce they’ll be hitting the road together this spring for the Will They or Won’t They Tour. Produced by Live Nation Canada, this nationwide tour will feature two of Canada’s most notable voices in a free wheeling, unscripted, unrehearsed and unrestrained discussion that will have audiences cheering on the two Canadian icons. Spend an evening of laughter, stories and successes from their careers in entertainment, spanning multiple decades.


About Jann Arden:

Jann Arden is a multi-platinum, award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and author. Arden has released 15 albums with 19 top ten singles. Her most recent album, Descendant was released in January 2022. Arden’s accolades include 8 JUNO Awards including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, 10 SOCAN Awards and 4 Western Canadian Music Awards to name a few. In 2020, she was announced as an inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame joining the ranks of Canadian music icons including Alanis Morisette, Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Joni Mitchell, Shania Twain and many more. Arden has also been inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, has a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and has been awarded the Order of Canada.

Arden has written six books, the most recent being her debut novel THE BITTLEMORES available November 7th, 2023. Her most recent memoir IF I KNEW THEN: Finding Wisdom in Failure and Power in Aging follows Arden’s 2017 Canadian best-seller, FEEDING MY MOTHER: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss, which spent a combined 44 weeks on The Globe and Mail bestseller lists.

Season 3 of Arden’s CTV hit original comedy series JANN premiered in September 2021. With Arden serving as co-creator and star of the show where she plays a fictionalized version of herself, Season 1 of Jann was the most-watched new Canadian comedy series of the 2018-19 broadcast season. Other screen credits include guest appearances in Wynonna Earp (Syfy), Private Eyes (Fox), The Detour (TBS), and Workin’ Moms (Netflix).

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 – Arden is a Canadian original – a brilliant multi-dimensional talent.

About Rick Mercer:

Rick Mercer is a comedian, TV personality, author and Canada's top political satirist, best known for the Canadian Screen Award winning series Rick Mercer Report. Rick's weekly helping of topical satire, funny takes on the week's top stories, Canada wide adventures and famous rants have made this show a perennial audience favourite.

Mercer launched his television career in 1993 as one of the creators, performers, and writers on the hit topical weekly show This Hour Has 22 Minutes. In 1998 he joined Gerald Lunz and Michael Donovan to create the satirical dramatic series Made In Canada, where he again starred and contributed as a writer. In 2001 his CBC Television special Talking To Americans became the highest rated Canadian comedy special ever with 2.7 million viewers.

In 2014, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He’s also received The John Drainie Award from ACTRA in recognition of his contribution to Canadian broadcasting and for his “unique approach to raising awareness of Canadian politics and current affairs through the award-winning series This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, and The Rick Mercer Report. He is the sole civilian recipient of the Canadian Armed Forces Commander Land Forces, Command Commendation in recognition of his support of Canadian peacekeepers.

He is the recipient of nearly 30 Gemini Awards and Canadian Screen Awards for television writing and performance and in 2015 again won the CSA for 'Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series.' In 2009, the Rick Mercer Report took home the prestigious Golden Rose Award for ‘best comedy’ at the international Rose d’Or Television Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Mercer is the author of three best-selling books and has written for Time, Maclean's, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post. In 2019, Rick was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement award by the Governor Generals' Performing Arts Awards. Three years later, in 2022, he headlined the "Comedy Night in Canada" stand-up tour organized by Just for Laughs as part of the National tour. Additionally, Rick was awarded the prestigious Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir, "Talking to Canadians." These achievements reflect Rick's notable contributions to the field of performing arts and his aptitude for delivering exceptional comedic performances.