If we could pick a best friend to live out the rest of our days with, Jann Arden would be it. Who else could you share your deepest secrets and relive your funniest moments with at the same time? All you have to do is see her live to get a glimpse of the type of person she is. Her songs go emotionally deep while her on-stage banter makes you feel like you’re at a Just for Laughs standup show.
Her relationship with her mother has been one which appears often in her work. Even on her social media, Jann shares stories about her relationship with her mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. In her soon-to-be released memoir, Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss, Jann shares with the readers her experiences being her primary caregiver through honest, funny, and inspirational stories. To get a taste of what to expect, all you have to do is take a read through her Instagram or Facebook.
One of Canada’s most beloved voices, Arden has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, including eight Juno Awards and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She has written several books, including the bestselling and acclaimed memoir Falling Backwards.
Name: Jann Arden
Occupation: Singer, Writer. Human.
Facebook Fan Page: jannardenofficial
Describe your personal style in three words:
function. comfort. Cool
Where did you get your current sense of style?
I think it’s hard for me to admit but I’ve always been a little afraid of clothes. I’ve been so many different weights in my career and perhaps I’ve been too conservative, well, I know I have been. I’m finally at a place in my life where I’m really enjoying taking risks and wearing things that are very fitted. My mom was a beautiful dresser, she always had such grace and I hope I can embrace her sense of self more as I get older.
Which fashion labels dominate your wardrobe?
My day-to-day wear is such a mish-mash. I have a lot of old denim, various brands, H&M, True religion, 7 For All Mankind, A dozen cotton T’s that I wear constantly – Top Shop, The Gap, and FreePeople. I have a few Pink Tartan pieces that I really like, Bano eeMee leather jackets hold a place very dear to my heart and I have a lot of them.
Canadian style is…
Rugged and durable with a touch of sass.
What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe and what’s the story behind it?
I have a beautiful black cashmere scarf that I paid 300 dollars for. It made me almost sick to spend that much money on a scarf but my friend Lisa at PRIMITIVE clothing in Calgary talked me into it and I’m so glad she did. It’s around my neck 5 days a week and I treasure it.
Biggest fashion regret?
I once wore a bright pink ‘Indian’-inspired beaded jacket to a charity event in Toronto. I remember having lime green eye shadow on as well that evening. I looked like a clown threw up all over me.
What are your top three beauty/grooming products you love right now?
I have used a face cream, Creme de la Mer for 15 years. I can’t be without it. Lancome “oscillating” black mascara. They’ve stopped making it but I have a secret connection that keeps finding it and sending it to me. Thank God. And Yves Apricot facial scrub. I use it every single day.
What are your favourite current trends?
Hmmmmmm trends… is tolerance and understanding a trend? Kindness? Is Frozen yogurt a trend?
Favourite store/retailer in the world and why?
PINK BERRY! I wish they had their frozen yogurt on every corner, but alas they don’t. As far as clothing, who doesn’t love H&M? I can always find something that fits for a decent price. Their clothes seem to hold up to my constant washing regime, so that’s saying something.
Who (living or dead) would you want to have dinner with?
I would want to grab Bette Midler and Olivia Newton John and go for a four hour meal somewhere in Palm Springs and talk about the good old days.
You have a blank wall and need to find a piece of art to fill the space. Which piece do you want to hang there, by which artist?
I have been collecting ‘NUN’ paintings for several years by a Canadian artist named Angela McGowen. She’s funny, politically incorrect, witty, smart, and whimsical. All her paintings speak about pain and revenge and taking chances and living outside of what the world thinks you should be doing. The work I would take with me is called “Jesus has left the building” – you’ll have to see it sometime. It’s hanging in my dining room right next to another one of Angela’s pieces of two nuns kissing in an apple orchard.
Photography by Alkan Emin