Arlene Paculan creates soulful pop with passion. The Filipino-Canadian's recent successful debut album, "Everything Begins with Love” has been embraced by Canada's largest broadcaster, the CBC, with airplay on radio. Arlene was recently named the runner-up for NOW Toronto Magazine's Best Songwriter for 2015 and earlier this year she was in the Top 10 Regional Finals for CBC's Searchlight Contest.
Arlene has graced many stages across Toronto, including The Gladstone Hotel, Yonge & Dundas Square and Mississauga Celebration Square. In addition to her performances around the GTA, she has also performed in LA, NYC, Anaheim, across Canada, and recently finished her first European tour playing in front of audiences in England, Scotland, Holland and France. In 2012, Arlene played at TD Toronto Jazz Festival and performed again in the 2015 season for the full length of the festival at Habits Gastropub. She has opened for Canadian songstress Jill Barber, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration and performed at the Beaches International Jazz Street Fest.
Arlene is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto and also studied piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Arlene plays cover songs from 1930s to the present, but it is as a singer songwriter that she has made her name in Toronto. Her debut EP album “I’m Worth It” was released under the production team, Kuya Productions. Rob Rapiti from BLR Entertainment has described her voice as “haunting, yet passionate”. Who knew such a ‘beautiful, natural singing voice’ could come from such a shy little girl who used to whisper in conversation growing up?
Before songwriting, Arlene has graced the stage as an actress, garnering the roles in such plays and musicals as Juliet (Romeo & Juliet), Nancy (Oliver), Rizzo (Grease), Laurey (Oklahoma), Kate (Shotgun Wedding), Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Tiger Lily (Peter Pan), and Josie Pye (Anne of Green Gables).
Arlene is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto and also studied piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Arlene is also a TV personality who co-hosts WonderFest TV and is musical director for Night Time. Her company, Let's Make Good Productions puts on many events including WonderFest which showcases local talent and offers free workshops to all ages. For this, she was awarded 2014's Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year MARTY Award in acknowledgment of her work encouraging others to take up music and learn to write songs or do anything creative in their daily lives.
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“Love the groove, love the singing. There’s an effortlessness & natural song personality [in her singing]”
-Dan Hill – internationally renowned Canadian Singer-Songwriter
“[She has] a beautiful voice, really, really nice singing voice.”- Grant Lawrence of cbcradio3.com
"I liked the song "Closer to You" a lot. I really liked "Get Over yourself" also. Very cool!"
-Bif Naked - Juno Award Winner and Canadian Artist