Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Announces the "Ultimate Jann Arden Concert Experience"

Toronto, ONT, Canada | October 27, 2009

Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM today announced the new "Ultimate Jann Arden Concert Experience" sweepstakes, where the winner will receive V.I.P. treatment and attend Jann Arden's concert, "An Evening With Jann Arden" in Toronto at Massey Hall.

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is the exclusive sponsor of the Raise-a-Reader Concert Series, a nation-wide initiative that supports family literacy. Partial proceeds from ticket sales of Jann Arden's upcoming tour promoting her 10th album, Free, are being donated to Canwest Raise-a-Reader in support of literacy programs across Canada.

"We could not be more thrilled that noted performer and musical artist Jann Arden will kick-off the 2009/10 Raise-a-Reader Concert Series," said Sandy Russell, senior director, Revenue Generation, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, parent company of Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to see Jann Arden live and enjoy a night of great music, all-the-while being treated like a V.I.P." The winner receives two tickets to the Jann Arden concert at Massey Hall on January 28, 2010, two round-trip tickets to Toronto, two nights stay in a Jacuzzi Suite in the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Oakville, round trip limousine service to Massey Hall, plus the opportunity to meet and chat with Jann Arden.

Guests who check in to any Country Inns & Suites By Carlson in Canada between now and December 15, 2009, will receive a card describing the contest and inviting them to go online to www.countryvipconcert.ca to register.

Jann Arden has said that she was "the kid under the covers with a flashlight reading until the batteries died" and loves the opportunity to help instill that same love of reading in others."We have such a perfect fit with Jann Arden," said Russell. "For many years Country Inns & Suites has proudly supported family literacy through its Read It & Return Lending Library in Canada and the United States. This unique initiative invites guests of all ages to borrow books and return them at any time in the future, at any Country Inns & Suites location. We hope that there are children all across Canada who are travelling with their parents and enjoying reading books from the lending library until all hours of the night."

For reservations and information, visit www.countryinns.com, call toll-free 1-800-456-4000 or visit your travel professional. For more information and terms and conditions for the Check In and Win sweepstakes, visit www.countryvipconcert.ca.

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Canwest Raise-a-Reader (RAR) is an award-winning national program designed to increase awareness and collect funds/resources to support family literacy programs. The campaign is a year-round initiative with important fundraising events throughout the year in 27 cities across Canada. The Raise-a-Reader Concert Series was launched in 2007 with Canadian music superstar, Michael Bublé. Anne Murray, Sam Roberts, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings and now, Jann Arden have followed Bublé's lead, donating partial ticket sales of their latest concert tours through the Canwest Raise-a-Reader Concert Series. The series is produced by Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the world.

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