Aubrey Arnason was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up in an NHL family with both her father and brother playing pro. A competitive figure skater herself, Aubrey Arnason mixed her ambitious spirit with a creative drive to bring stories to life as colourful and quirky characters which led to a career in the performing arts.
Fueled by her interest in character study and the contagious energy of the live performance experience, Aubrey Arnason studied theatre at the University of Manitoba before moving West and continuing her studies at Vancouver Film School. She broke through to the professional scene with appearances on popular series like The L Word, Smallville, and Supernatural.
In 2008, Aubrey Arnason added producing to her to repertoire – first with the Gemini Award and Leo Award-nominated documentary series The Week the Women Wentfollowed by For Your Security, which earned her a Leo Award nomination for Best Web Series. Turning her focus to romance and realism, Aubrey Arnason created, directed, produced and co-hosted a pair of wedding-themed reality series for Shaw Television – The Wedding Belles in 2010 and The Proposal in 2012. As natural fits for her engaging personality and creative flair, the series earned her a combined 12 Leo Award nominations and a 2014 win for Best Host in an Information or Lifestyle Series for The Wedding Belles.
From there, Aubrey Arnason followed her storytelling muse back to acting and filmmaking. She appeared on Bates Motel and Ties That Bindand added a sexy tone as the voice for Decadence, a new Marc Jacobs fragrance, in a playful commercial with supermodel Adriana Lima. She also co-created two scripted half-hour comedy pilots for CityTV, Kits and The Range, the latter based on her own life growing up on a golf course and driving range.
In 2015, Aubrey Arnason's participation in the Crazy 8s Film Event brought greater rewards. Inspired by her own missing school year – Kindergarten – she was chosen as a finalist in the film competition for her quirky pitch about a TV jingle writer who goes back to Kindergarten. The resulting short film – Kindergarten Da Bin Ich Wieder, which she wrote, co-directed, and starred in – became a film festival favourite capped by a run in The Shortest Day across 90 Canadian theatres in 2015 to go along with spots at the 2016 Vancouver Short Film Festival, the 2016 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival and the 2016 Providence Children’s Film Festival.
Aubrey Arnason continues to create and entertain. After successful runs at the 2015 Edmonton International Film Festival and the 2015 Whistler Film Festival, her latest short film Payment – which she wrote, produced, and starred in – is gaining traction while her newest directing and producing effort for Shaw Television – Hip Hop with Travis Lim – premiered in March of 2016.
In February 2017, she directed The Winter Song, a short film that she also wrote which is broadcast on Air Canada In Flight systems.
As she continues to blossom through a multitude of creative branches, Aubrey Arnason is forever curious and always creative.