After a three-year spiritual hiatus, Arlene Bishop and producer Scott Dibble have produced a two-part album entitled "Begin Again" (release date TBA). Part one is a solo acoustic journey into the heart of darkness and the second part features guest appearances by longtime friends like Blair Packham, synth wizard Amin Bhatia, folk icon Shari Ulrich and Grammy award winners Simon "The Funky Ginger" Law (Soul II Soul) and legendary Will Ackerman. The newest album is accompanied by a video collection, unique album packaging and an intimate concert series. Visit www.arlenebishop.com for a free download.
A compelling performer with between-song-banter that has taken on a much larger role than the typical “this next song is about…”, Arlene Bishop's funny and dark monologues are the result of letting loose an obsessively busy and creative mind. The songs themselves are personal, poetic, and passionate expressions of the emotions she denies herself from experiencing during her off-stage life.
With many songs appearing in film and TV ("New Waterford Girl", "Say Anything", and VH1's "The Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story" and others) Arlene's concerts are populated by songwriters, artists and interesting characters.
Starting out at Toronto’s legendary Cabana Room Arlene’s weekly show featured emerging artists like Ron Sexsmith and the Barenaked Ladies and resulted in the EP "Pinky". After a series of short small venue concerts (Louden Wainwright III, Beach Boys, 54:40, Burton Cummings among the headliners),she and Blair Packham (The Jitters) produced a second CD, with the press-review inspired title “Snarky Girlpop” (from which 98 Points found its way to the film New Waterford Girl). Following more concerts with icons Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies), Colin James, Ani Difanco and Dar Williams, the album “Cut a Man’s Heart Out” was produced in 2004.
Arlene is the grateful recipient of a number of awards including garageband.com; Toronto Independent Music Awards and a Galaxy Award.