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Séan McCann

Sober, Survivor & Great Big Singer
Ottawa, Ontario

What Séan is Passionate About

The Séan McCann Story /Help Your Self 

Séan McCann, widely known as a member of internationally renowned band, Great Big Sea, has spent the last 20 years sailing around the world enamouring audiences from Copenhagen to California. Today his mantra is ‘help your self’, breaking the silence on his past addiction, abuse and using Music to change lives for the better.  Séan offers this great story of surviving abuse, becoming sober, leaving the band and trying to make a difference in the world. We all carry some kind of Denial in our lives that prevents us from moving forward. We have to find the Courage to Wake Up and do the Work and Face our Real Problems. The Truth is hard to see when we close our eyes.

Why You Need Séan

Séan and his former bandmates met at Memorial University in Newfoundland where they formed Great Big Sea in 1993. The band is best known for energetic rock interpretations of traditional east-coast folk songs. Séan and the band went on to release 12 studio albums and sell over two million copies together.

After millions of albums sold, countless hit songs, and record breaking tours around the world, Séan realized that his 20 years with the band had to stop. Music is meant to connect, heal, and bring happiness. While Séan was giving that to thousands of people a night he was slowly losing his own way. Instead of seeking truth he was hiding behind his music. This was unfair to both himself and his fans so he left the band and started over. He stopped drinking in 2012 and touring with the band in 2013. In 2014 he released his first album post Great Big Sea. Produced by Joel Plaskett, the album “Help Your Self” is the sound of a man facing his demons and ultimately overcoming them. The songs helped him deal with his issues of addiction and abuse and showed him how to find strength in pain. He followed this up with the album “You Know I Love You”, a happy collection of songs sung by a man intent on sharing his joy directly with you.

Séan has also found himself using music as therapy, working with people who face physical, mental, and addiction challenges, and has become a sought after speaker trying to help others to help themselves find light through the darkness.

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Why You Will Love Séan

“Sean’s openness about his history was striking. To share such a deeply personal story takes tremendous courage and he did it with such skill. The use of his music to share the story was nothing short of amazing, he has a beautiful and soothing voice. The lyrics are very thoughtful and so relevant to many in the audience.”

Laurie DeGrace
Chair, Recovery Day Edmonton

“Séan shared his story with the audience. It is a difficult story to hear. Through his sincerity and genuine interest in helping others and sharing the music that helped him he engaged and inspired us all. Thank you Séan you are making a difference!”

Colleen MacPhee
Addictions and Mental Health Network of the Champlain

“Your talk was phenomenal, and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback! Thank you so much for sharing your story with our Respiratory Therapists.”

Lindsey Naddaf
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists

“Séan was a highly engaging speaker and performer, and he connected with our audience in a truly meaningful way. Whether singing, laughing or crying, we thoroughly enjoy every moment of our time with Séan.”

Beth Evans
Special Events Coordinator, Youth Services Bureau Ottawa

“Sean’s engagement with the audience made the evening so much fun. Many of our guests made comments about his energy and enthusiasm as well as his talent. His story-telling through music was magical. ”

Manager, Events & Community Giving

“Séan McCann is REAL, an honest presenter with a life story that will impact every audience. You won’t find an easier person to work with than Séan McCann. He is accommodating, selfless and will go the extra mile to guarantee your event is a success.”

Fund Development Manager
Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador

“If anyone is looking for a speaker that combines music to their story of Recovery, Sean is the person you want. His honesty and openness to talk about his addiction was genuine. He was a pleasure to work with! He showed great courage today. His music, humour, presence, all heartwarming.”

London Mission Services

“Authentic, down to earth, genuine, caring, …. He was freaking fantastic and loved by 300 participants!! Not sure how you do it, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This one was a home run, right out of the park. Love love this guy, he was born to do what he is now doing. The combo of telling and singing his journey…. WOW!”

Atlantic Psychiatric Conference

“As an Event Manager, I have had over 20 years of experience working with entertainers. Never have I worked with such a professional who was so kind, giving and cooperative over and above talented.  From our very first contact until after the show, his passion for his music and his dedication to ensuring a successful evening were above reproach. ”

Manager, Events & Community Giving, Renascent

“I would highly recommend you as a presenter. You connected to the participants with your genuineness, being so down to earth and approachability. You were a pleasure to work with for the conference.”

Link 2015 Organizing Committee Chair

“His honest, authentic and courageous storytelling approach along with his ability to weave his musical selections to reinforce his message was so incredibly powerful. I have heard from many of our delegates who were so moved by Sean’s message. He is funny, humble, highly engaging, musically brilliant and so approachable. As much as we all know he is a tremendously talented musician, singer and song-writer, he truly has found his calling as an inspirational and motivational speaker/performer/storyteller with an important message that needs to be shared.” —  

Karen Tomlin
Kitchener-Waterloo District School Board


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