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Episode 8: Small town tales with Brent Butt

brent_butt-.jpgToday on Being Jann, Jann shares her favourite memories of growing up in Springbank, Alberta - like how she managed to fail her high school's mandatory curling class.

Comedian and proud Saskatchewanite Brent Butt tells us about his unintentionally hilarious mom, the worst thing he ever did to a sibling, and performing "Nothing Rhymes with Saskatchewan" for a befuddled Queen Elizabeth.

Jann reveals why it's so embarassing shopping at Costco with her dad.

And in another edition of "Family Faceoff," a Being Jann listener calls in with a story that proves her dad is much, much wackier than Papa Arden.

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And here's this week's playlist:

The Decemberists - "Down By the Water"

Bob Kemmis - "Late Night Advice"

k.d. lang - "Western Stars"

Arcade Fire - "Modern Man"

Sidney York - "Dick & Jane"

Kim Stockwood - "Back to the Water"

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Episode 7: Aging gracefully with Gordon Pinsent

gordon pinsent.jpgToday on Being Jann, lessons in getting older - and aging gracefully - from legendary Canadian actor, Mr. Gordon Pinsent.

First up, Jann tells us what she learned from her own great-grandparents about living life to the fullest (hint: it involves lots of cigarettes and large-font romance novels).

In a feature interview with Gordon Pinsent, Jann discovers what keeps the 81-year old young-at-heart.  He tells Jann about his recent musical collaboration with Blue Rodeo, and the joke that got him into trouble with actress Julie Christie

Jann then accosts some strangers on the streets of Calgary to ask, "If you could Tweet your own obituary, what would it be?"

Up-and-coming Calgary musician Elise Roller pops by with her keyboard in tow, and talks about her day job: cleaning the apartments of senior citizens.  She performs a song inspired by those experiences, live in the Being Jann studio.

Jann takes your Twitter questions, live on air, with another round of "Ask Me Anything!"

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And here's this week's playlist:

Keith and Renee - "Best Day"

Blue Rodeo - "Arizona Dust"

Roberta Flack - "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

The Thermals - "Canada"

Elise Roller - "Old Peepz" (live in studio)

Serena Ryder - "Sisters of Mercy"

 

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Episode 6: Wedding shenanigans with Michael Buble

michaelbuble2.jpgSummer is wedding season, so Jann decides to have her very own bachelorette party on Being Jann today!

Taking her mic to the streets, Jann asks people to share their funniest - and most disastrous - wedding memories.

Canadian crooner Michael Buble tells Jann what REALLY happened during his recent nuptials to Argentinian actress Luisana Lopilato....like the wrestling match that broke out during the reception.  And in a game of rapid-fire questions, Michael tells us about his pet budgie, the one thing he'd never sell, and why his dad is the nerdiest man alive.

In another heartwarming tale from the life of Jann Arden, she talks about the day a bar room brawl nearly ended her short-lived career as a singing-waitress.

Jann and her hairdresser Jason Pierce offer up relationship and hair advice in another edition of "What Would Jann Do?"

The president of the Jann and Midi Fan Club of Rhode Island, Louise Del Santo, updates Jann on her Latvian fan base, and tells us the best piece of advice she got on her wedding day 40 years ago.

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Here's this week's playlist:

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (feat. Exene Cervenka) - "Made of Love"

Michael Buble - "Dream a Little Dream of Me"

Ron Sexsmith - "All in Good Time"

Stars - "The Night Starts Here"

Sara Bareilles - "King of Anything" 

Marty Robbins - "Devil Woman"

 

 

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Episode 5: Tales from the office, with Calgary's mayor Naheed Nenshi

Naheed2.jpgToday on Being Jann, Jann looks back at all the jobs she had before becoming a professional musician, and talks to a few people with jobs so interesting, you'll want to consider a career change!

From working in a garlic factory to shovelling horse poop, people on the streets of Calgary share their worst summer job...ever.

Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi sits down for a feature interview with Jann to talk about the perks - and the pitfalls -  of being mayor.  Find out how constant Tweeting ocasionally backfires on him, and what caused him to quit his first job at Calgary's Bingo Palace.

And you'll meet Amanda Mochan, a woman with a fascinating day job: she's an official adjudicator for the Guinness Book of World Records.  She'll tell us what it's really like travelling the world judging bizarre feats of human achievement - like a 101-hour singing marathon in India.

Jann shares the humiliating details of one of her first jobs: dressing up as a Fred Flintstone mascot at an Alberta amusement park.

And Jann offers more musical advice to Kate Gaulton, a 17-year-old aspiring singer from Chilliwack, BC. 

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And here's this week's playlist:

Ian Kelly - "I Would Have You"

Ash Koley - "Don't Let Your Feet Touch Ground"

Chad VanGaalen - "Peace on the Rise"

Ellie Goulding - "The Writer"

Bobby Bazini - "I Wonder"

The Smiles and Frowns - "Cornelius"  

 

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Episode 4: Love and heartache, with Jennifer Warnes

heartache.jpgToday on Being Jann, stories of romance-gone-awry.

Jann re-visits some awkward moments from her romantic past, and tells us why you shouldn't go on a date with a guy who's just had dental surgery.

And what's the worst way you've ever been dumped? Jann commiserates with people on the streets of Calgary. 

Plus, Jann answers your love and relationship  quandaries, with help from comedian Shoshana Sperling.

Then it's a feature interview with the queen of heartache, singer Jennifer Warnes - best known for her work on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.  She'll tell Jann about the hazards of dueting with Joe Cocker, and what it was like recording her latest album - with a broken leg.

And if you've ever wanted to ask Jann about her first kiss, her biggest regret, or her secret celebrity crush, now's your chance!   Jann answers your questions - via Twitter - live on air.

Jann also chats with Carl Young - a customs agent by day and a crooning jazz singer by night.

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And here's this week's playlist:

Linda Ortega - "Little Lie"

Jennifer Warnes - "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

City and Colour - "Fragile"

Jennifer Warnes - "Restless"

Ron Sexsmith - "Eye Candy" 

Sum 41 - "Ma Poubelle"

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Episode 3: It's all about mom

mom image2.jpgThis week on Being Jann, a salute to all the moms out there!

Jann tells us about her mom's recent matchmaking attempts in the shoe aisle at Winners.

A Being Jann listener calls in with her dead-on impression of Jann's mom (or rather, an impersonation of Jann impersonating her mom).

Then Jann hits the streets of Calgary to ask people, "What's one thing your mom does that drives you bananas?"

Tegan and Sara's mom, Sonia Clement, pops by to dish some dirt on her famous offspring, like what their first word was...but we can't say that on the radio.

And Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie talks to Jann about kids, staying sane in Hollywood, and why she still feels like clocking Nellie Oleson sometimes.

And Calgary blogger Kyra Evans-Schultz tells Jann why becoming a mom for the first time compelled her to start The Hindsight Letters, a site where people write letters of advice to their teenaged selves.

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And here's this week's playlist (as heard on the radio):

The Be Good Tanyas - "The Littlest Birds"

Ian Tyson - "Alcohol in the Bloodstream"

Tegan and Sara - "Back in Your Head"

Allman Brothers -"Melissa"

Lenka - "Don't Let Me Fall"

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Episode 1: Summer camp tales with Steven Page

SummerCamp.jpgOn our maiden voyage of Being Jann, Jann re-visits her favourite summer camp adventures, from first kisses to tipping canoes to (eep!) head lice.

Former Barenaked Lady Steven Page pops by the studio to tell us about his days as a music camp geek (and even sings an impromptu duet!).

Jann convinces some complete strangers on the streets of Calgary to share their summer camp horror stories (it's amazing any of us made it out alive).

And after her conversation with hip hop artists Dan Bennett and David Wallace - who managed to write a hit song in just eight hours - Jann decides to do one better.  Listen to the original song Jann composes in just 3 minutes.....in the CBC washroom.

Plus, meet the 17-year old singer from Chilliwack, BC Jann will take under her "musical wing" for the rest of the summer.

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The season we are also offering a podcast version of the show so you can listen to Being Jann anywhere!! Download it here or subscribe via iTunes.  

And here's this week's playlist (from the broadcast version):

Hannah Georgas - "The Deep End"

Paul Simon - "Afterlife"

Steven Page - "New Shore"

Gordie Sampson - "Hangin' by a Wire"

Transit (feat. Jann Arden) - "Calgary"

Dorothy Moore - "Misty Blue"  

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