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Brooks’ Rural Mental Health Committee hosting Brunch with Séan McCann 

Posted on 6 April 2022 by Prairie Post

The Rural Mental Health Committee, which previously held a conference in 2018, will once again be hosting a community event with a mental health focus. Séan McCann will be performing on Saturday April 30th at the Heritage Inn and Convention Centre as a brunch event. As a founding member of renowned Newfoundland band Great Big Sea – Séan McCann has sold over 2 million albums and traveled the world making every night of the week a Saturday night. 

Originally from Gull Island, Newfoundland, Séan and Great Big Sea played their first official gig in 1993 and the years that followed were full of performances, album releases, awards, filming DVDs, touring and all the excitement that comes with being in a rock band. But for Séan, he was dealing with demons and inner turmoil resulting from childhood sexual abuse by a priest. He used drinking to numb the pain and avoid facing his truth. After 20 years with Great Big Sea, Séan announced, much to the surprise of his fans and bandmates, that he would be leaving the band. This difficult decision was part of an overall attempt to make changes in his life and build a positive future. His new path now finds Séan connecting with people face to face by using his music as medicine as he continues his journey as a singer, songwriter, and now an acclaimed speaker and mental health and recovery advocate with a simple message: Sing. Share. Survive. 

Séan will be performing “One Good Reason: A Story of Addiction, Recovery, Music and Love”. “Music has been my medicine in recovery, helping me communicate and find clarity even in the most difficult moments. Now I share that medicine and message of hope with others through story and song,” says McCann on his new path. 

Brunch with Séan McCann will be held on Saturday April 30th, 2022 at the Heritage Inn and Convention Centre. Doors will open at 10:00am, brunch will be served at 10:30am and the performance will begin at 11:00am. The event is open to the entire community, but an audience of 14+ is recommended. Tickets can be purchased for $35 each or tables of six for $200, and are available through Eventbrite at: 

Tickets can also be purchased at our community partners Lobster Mobsters, Steaming Cup, City of Brooks, Village of Duchess, Village of Rosemary and the Town of Bassano. This event is made possible through a generous donation from TC Energy. 

For more information about the Rural Mental Health Committee, please follow us on Facebook or contact: 

Roberta Rogers, M.Ed., CCAC, RSW 

Committee Chair 



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