2023 Festival:
October 16–22

Special Event: Rick Mercer and Jann Arden

Special Event: Rick Mercer and Jann Arden

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Tickets to this extra special event include a copy of both The Road Years AND The Bittlemores! What a rare opportunity to pick up signed copies of both books, and hear these two friends in conversation once again.

For years, viewers across the country tuned into the The Rick Mercer Report to spend their evenings with Rick Mercer and Jann Arden, one of his favourite recurring guests. Relive the laughter, antics, and camaraderie at this Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event, where Rick and Jann will reunite to toast each other on the publication of each of their new books: Mercer, with The Road Years: A Memoir, Continued…, and Arden, with her debut novel, The Bittlemores.

After meeting in Jann’s hometown of Calgary, the two ignited a friendship that would take them 1,168 feet above the ground atop the CN Tower EdgeWalk; ziplining at Canada Olympic Park; and bull-riding at a Calgarian rodeo—all with an amused audience watching. Their mutual adoration is rivaled only by their legendary banter, and there will be plenty of both in this entertaining conversation.  

Event Participants:

Jann Arden

JANN ARDEN is a singer, songwriter, broadcaster, actor, and author. She has written four books, including the Canadian bestseller If I Knew Then: Finding wisdom in failure and power in aging. In 2020 she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She stars in her own hit TV sitcom, Jann. (ALBERTA)

Rick Mercer

RICK MERCER is Canada’s sharpest and funniest political satirist. He co-created and was a resident performer on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and was the host of The Rick Mercer Report for fifteen seasons. His many honours include 21 Geminis and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. (ONTARIO/NEWFOUNDLAND)