WonderFest West – June 4th @ Clarke Memorial Hall

My company, Let’s Make Good Productions, is bringing WONDERFEST WEST back to Mississauga this June 4th! Kat Leonard (Artistic Director) and I are thrilled to have Marcelino “Frost” DaCosta lead a dance workshop at 4pm – 5:30pm!  We are also excited for the amazing concert with many talents at 7pm.

Thank you to Chris Clay of the Mississauga News for writing a story about it! Click on the photo for the article online! (Photo credit: Chuck Marave, instagram photo credit: Matt Zaddy)

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Purchase tickets by clicking on our poster below!

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See you at WonderFest West! <3

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MAC Arts Festival & I’m Worth It T-Shirt Contest Winners

Hi beautiful soul!

I’m proud to announce that I’ll be co-hosting this year’s MACArts Festival on Saturday May 21st at the Mississauga Celebration Square! I will also be performing a song around 4:30pm so please come out and join the festivities!  The event takes place from 1pm – 11pm.

I’m also performing at some really awesome places around Toronto this month – check out my TOUR section!

Thank you to all those that voted for me during the CBC Searchlight contest – although I didn’t make it through this year, I really appreciate all your amazing support!

Also, I’m happy to announce the winners for my “I’m Worth It” T-shirt contest!  Congratulations to Shaun Bloom, Mileena Sobreira, and Cindy Bray! They were able to name all the songs in my mash up – including my original song, Sing Your Heart Out!
Want to see it again? Here it is:

See you soon! <3 Arlene

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CBC Searchlight Contest is now open! Please vote for me :)

Dear wonderful fans,

Thank you for stopping by!  I have a favour to ask of you.  Can you please help me advance into the Semi-Finals for the CBC Searchlight Contest in the Greater Toronto Area Region?  I’m so very thankful for your amazing support!  Last year, with your help, I was able to get into the Top 10 Regional Finals!  Please feel free to share the info and you can vote everyday until April 20th at 2:59 ET.

Click on the Searchlight photo below to vote:

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You also get to see a video of me performing the song in the contest, “I’m Worth It” with Nelson Sobral of The Celebration Army and Wayne Sobers who frequents my TV Show, NightTime on Rogers TV Peel.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! <3 Arlene

 

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Margaret Atwood and Charles Pachter have my album!

Hi fans!

I had fun this past Tuesday March 29th! Special thanks to Kelly Kubik from Museums of Mississauga for the opportunity to perform at Margaret Atwood and Charles Pachter‘s lecture today at the Noel Ryan Auditorium in Mississauga!  They were speaking about their book, The Journals of Susanna Moodie. The event was part of an exhibition at the Bradley Museum on until April 17.

After I gave both of them my album (gotta share the love!) I asked Margaret to sign my lyric book. She held the line up to draw me a cute photo of herself and Charles.  What a special treat!

I learned so much from these incredible Canadian artists.  When asked about the artist’s struggle, Margaret answered “I tried struggling and I don’t like it.” This is one of the reasons I call us striving artists!  She is so witty and funny.  They both are!  She went on to speak about wanting to raise the bar in Canada, which is why she returned back here after studying in the US.  They both talked about how destruction is part of the creative process and how we should always represent our country by being ordinarily kind to visitors and each other. When asked what she does when she has writer’s block, Margaret’s repsonse was “I don’t get writer’s block.” She explained that you have to find another mode of writing.  To express Margaret’s cleverness even more, she said at one point “if you’re not annoying someone, you’re not alive!”

Thank you to Museums of Mississauga, Culture Mississauga, City of Mississauga, and especially these Canadian Icons, Margaret Atwood and Charles Pachter! 

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Charles Pachter and Margaret Atwood
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My autographed self-portrait of Margaret Atwood and she drew Charles Pachter as well!
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I performed as the audience filed into the theatre! Thank you again to Museums of Mississauga and Culture Mississauga! <3 Thanks Mom for the photo!
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Just gave Margaret my album. Right before she gave me her autograph :) Sorry for the blurry photo!

Margaret read one of her poems from her book, “The Journals of Susanna Moodie”

Check out my TOUR page for more information about new shows coming up! *For the month of April, I will not be at dunk ‘n dip due to some changes happening at the venue – I will be back either May or June! *

See you soon! <3

 

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Last Folly Brewpub Residency show this FRIDAY!

Hi fabulous fans!

I’m sad to say that Folly Brewpub will no longer have any live entertainment starting April so that means this Friday March 25th will be my last show at the wonderful venue with my band The Cool Ones.  I want to send Folly my many thanks for an incredible 2 years that I’ve been booking WonderFest Series, the Jazz Fest, and my monthly residency gigs. I’m excited for what Folly Brewpub has heading their way in their successful future though!!

Michelle and Luis, you have forever changed my journey as an artist in this music industry and have given me an incredible space to share my music.  I love you both and the staff so so much!  

Now let’s party and send Folly into the brewery world with a big celebration with music this Friday!  Maybe Refuge and Graham Ko join me at 9pm! $5 cover!  Try Folly’s delicious beers, especially the Imposter Syndrome and their Flemish Cap! You’ll have a chance to purchase them and take them home in the near future!

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<3 Arlene

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Maple Magic Month, Mill St Lights Out, Super Men!

Hello sweet fans!

I’m excited to announce a few fun shows I’ll be performing at this week!

Maple Magic at Bradley Museum in Mississauga
I perform Thursday March 17th – Sunday March 20th at 1:30pm every day.

Mill St. Lights Out
As part of Earth Hour, Mill Street (yes, the brewery!) has partnered with over 100 venues to showcase live music from 8:30pm – 9:30pm on Saturday March 19th.  I’ll be performing at Jakes on Main 202 Main St., Unionville! I hope you can come!

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I hope you’re planning on heading over to Hirut Restaurant (2050 Danforth Ave) this Friday to see some beautiful visual art by Kevin Hunt and hear some wonderful music by me, along with Joseph Bencic, Shaun Bloom, and Sammy Duke!

<3 Happy Wednesday! See you soon!

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You can WIN an ‘I’m Worth It’ T-shirt! Contest Details:

Hello my wonderful fans! You are a winner already – YOU are worth it! However, I’m running a fun contest where you can win an awesome prize pack!
1st prize: House Concert/Dedicated live show in your area, T-Shirt, limited EP of three new songs
2nd prize: T-Shirt, limited EP of three new songs
3rd prize: T-Shirt
Click on the video for more information:

Send your answers to letsmakegoodmail@gmail.com! Contest runs until March 31st, 2016!

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Performance at 120 Diner, Toronto – March 1st, 2016

Hey amazing fans!  I’d love to invite you to my upcoming show at 120 Diner on March 1st, 2016.  I will be sharing new and old originals from 8pm – 9:30pm.  Be sure to make reservations (I have heard their food is fantastic). I am happy to have my band, The Cool Ones, join me with guitarist, Nelson Sobral (from The Celebration Army) and bassist, Wayne Sobers.  I hope to see your wonderful faces soon!

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WIN an “I’m Worth It” T-Shirt!

Hello wonderful fan!
I have new I’m Worth It t-shirts for sale!
Who wants one? Who wants to WIN one? Keep reading!
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I’m Worth It
is a song that I wrote to remind us all to trust and believe that we can achieve whatever we put our minds to! Listen to the song here: https://soundcloud.com/arlene-paculan/im-worth-it

T-shirts go on sale online at the end February – for now, you can grab one at a live show!

Sign up for my mailing list to find out how you can WIN your own t-shirt! To sign up, click here: http://eepurl.com/Iw1dH
If you’re already signed up, stay tuned!

♥ Arlene

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Village Vinyl – Super Bowl Pre Show ;)

Hello dear fans!  I’m pleased announce that I will be performing once again at one of my favourite venues: Village Vinyl on February 7th. Po’Boy Jeffreys will be starting off the afternoon with his really cool bluesy set!

But it’s the Superbowl?  Yeah, I know, however I’m pretty sure we’re performing before the game starts! Think of it as Pre-superbowl entertainment!  And for those that aren’t football fans, I know that you’re music lovers so see you Sunday!

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