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Sean McCann

Sean McCann

Séan is a founder of the iconic Canadian band Great Big Sea and an Order of Canada recipient for his advocacy of those living with mental health and addiction issues. He has spent the past seven years touring the country as a musical keynote speaker singing and sharing his story with front line workers, teachers, students, patients, inmates, veterans, and anyone who has been affected by addiction or abuse. After drinking heavily for over 30 years to numb the pain of childhood sexual abuse, and hiding his dark secret in the drinking songs of one of Canada’s favourite party band, today Séan is sober, he is a survivor, and he has found his true voice.

In this deeply personal memoir, co-written with wife Andrea Aragon, singer-songwriter, renowned recovery advocate, and recent Order of Canada recipient Séan McCann leaves no stone unturned.

Shop locally if you can: Books by Séan McCann are available from Perfect Books.

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