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Iconic Canadian singer Jann Arden has a new original album Everything Almost coming out at the end of April. Arden's chart-topping 30 year career has made her a household name. That hasn't saved her from an occasional embarassing moment, though.
While in the red chair, Arden took the opportunity to share her most embarrassing moment on stage. It involved a man watching her performance from the second row with binoculars.
"He's in the second row and he's looking at me with binoculars," said Arden. "And I just halted everything. I'm like, I appreciate wanting to get a good look at me. Who wouldn't? So anyway, I stop the show, I put the house lights up and I said, 'Sir, you need to come up here and get a really good look at me.' So he comes up, he's really having a difficult time making his way. He has someone help him up the aisle. One of my crew guys is helping him from the side and I'm a little nervous at this point. He comes up to me and I said, 'Are you going to get a really good look at me now, sir?'
"And he said, 'I'm very sorry. I'm legally blind.'
I dropped to the floor and I put my arms around his legs. And people were laughing and he was really laughing and he took out his CNIB card to show me and said, 'I can only see shapes when I'm looking through my binoculars. And I have never done it again. That was probably 12, 13 years ago. And it was one of these moments where it was like, 'I don't know how I got into this position and I don't know how I'm going to get out."
The audience didn't make it easy for Arden after that.
"The whole night this laughter would percolate up and I knew what they were thinking about and I'm going, 'Don't you...' And then they started passing the binoculars down the row. I'm, like, 'You're the worst audience I've ever seen. And I wish you were deaf.'"
George's interview with Jann Arden airs Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7 pm on CBC.