TORONTO – For many, the start of a new year often signals a renewed commitment to achieving long held goals. The choices are personal, powerful and sometimes courageous. For over a quarter of a century, thousands of Torontonians have drawn inspiration, insights, motivation and are entertained by the personal stories shared by a host of successful actors, politicians, musicians, activists and news makers during their Unique Lives & Experiences appearance.
Now entering its 25th season, this popular series features people of influence and indomitable spirit who inspire, motivate, entertain and empower audiences. This year’s series focuses Julia Gillard, former Australian Prime Minister and first woman to lead a continent; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 11-time Grammy Award winner Linda Ronstadt, who has been unable to sing since she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012; Nunavut singer and activist Susan Aglukark, “The Arctic Rose of Canada,” 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan, who covers politics in the Middle East and was victimized during the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and eight-time Juno Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, musician and humourist Jann Arden.
Event producer, Howard Szigeti is also pleased to welcome former Canada A.M. co-host and current The Social co-host Marci Ien as the host of the 25th Anniversary Unique Lives & Experiences series.
“The Unique Lives series was built around woman who have made a distinct mark on our culture”, said Szigeti. “For many Canadians, Marci certainly fits in that category and we look forward to having her as a big part of this anniversary season”.
Equally moving and educational, the series is far beyond the stories told by successful actors, politicians, musicians, activists and news makers. It is something passionately driven by the groups of women and men who have, for more than 25 years, gathered to share experiences and recognize the amazing contributions made by some of the most influential women of our times.
This year’s season includes:
Julia Gillard (Monday, February 6)
Australia’s former Prime Minister (from 2010-2013) and the first woman to lead a continent, the Welch-born Gillard, the ex-leader of the Australian Labour Party is currently the chairwoman of the Global Partnership for Education. She published her political memoirs, My Story, in 2014.
Linda Ronstadt (Monday, March 6)
Since she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012, The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 11-time Grammy Award winner has been unable to sing. Known for such hits as “You’re No Good,” “Blue Bayou” and her Aaron Neville duet “Don’t Know Much,” the versatile artist has sold over 100 million records and was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities in 2014.
Susan Aglukark (Monday, April 3)
A member of the Order of Canada, Susan Aglukark, the three-time JUNO Award-winning Nunavut singer and activist known as “The Arctic Rose of Canada,” has also worked with several non-profit groups working with aboriginal and Inuit youth. In 2016 she was awarded the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards’ Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.
Lara Logan (Monday, May 8)
CBS News’ Emmy Award-winning chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan was stationed in Tahir Square, covering 2011 celebrations surrounding the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, when she was sexually assaulted by an estimated 200 men. Today, the 60 Minutes correspondent and winner of two Murrow Awards is speaking out to break the silence about the sexual violence women reporters are reluctant to report, in case it prevents them from doing their jobs.
Jann Arden (Monday, June 5)
Eight-time Juno Award-winning singer, songwriter, author and humourist Jann Arden is a crowd favourite, an artist with 14 albums to her credit and a recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She’s also supported a number of causes ranging from the Raise-A-Reader Concert Series to World Vision and MAC Cosmetics Fashion Cares AIDS benefits.
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ABOUT UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES
Over the past quarter century, Howard Szigeti, producer of Unique Lives & Experiences has made a career out of changing people’s lives with this acclaimed interactive and inspirational entertainment series. The man behind the women, Howard founded Unique Lives & Experiences in 1992 creating the model for “Talk Theatre” that has become so popular today. Series alumni include Whoopi Goldberg, Lauren Bacall, Margaret Thatcher, Maya Angelou, Mary Tyler Moore, Gloria Steinem, Benazir Bhutto, Sally Fields, Queen Noor, Robert Redford, Margaret Trudeau, Caroline Kennedy, Sir Sidney Poitier and Martha Stewart. Unique Lives & Experiences takes place in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Denver and San Jose and has recently expanded to markets around the world.