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Great Big Sea Pioneer and Shantyman, Séan McCann, comes to Stettler

April 14, 2022 @ 9:38pm

A lot has happened in the almost ten years since Séan McCann exited the

Canadian folk-rock, arena-filling GREAT BIG SEA he co-founded in 1993.

He’s released five successful solo albums touching on a range of subjects

from Canadian life and culture to spotlighting national hardships like the

infamous 2016 wildfires that devastated Fort McMurray in which

he partnered with the Canadian Red Cross.

A philanthropist as much as he is an artist, McCann also organized a songwriters’ benefit in 2017 in support of veterans suffering from PTSD and addiction. In recognition of

these efforts and his other advocacy work for people living with mental

health and addiction issues, McCann earned the Order of Canada in 2020.

McCann’s battle with overcoming alcohol addiction, and

owning his truth has been key to his growth as a husband, a father, a

musician, and a human. Armed with the strength and support of his wife,

Andrea Aragon, McCann co-penned his first book, One Good Reason (April,


McCann has shared his powerful and inspiring personal story and songs

across North America over the past decade as a solo performer and musical keynote speaker. He continues to do what he loves best; write and perform songs and share stories accompanied by his best friend “Old Brown” - the first guitar he purchased back in 1989.

McCann’s sixth solo album, SHANTYMAN, proves that a 200-year-old, traditional sea

shanty and a modern, new pop song can be just a whistle apart

Stylistically. “A song is never more powerful than when it is sung with a friend,” and in

Séan McCann’s musical world, the old and the new have always thrived

together, side by side in the same tasty stew.

“Music is strong Medicine” is the mantra by which McCann measures his

successful recovery (now ten years sober). “It has the power to heal

the hurt and unite the divided, and we ALL need that now more than ever.”

To see Séan McCann at the Jewel in Stettler on May 4th, go to

“Stay calm and shanty on.”

SHANTYMAN is available exclusively at

Séan McCann Tour Marketing

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