JOHN McDERMOTT CHRISTMAS

DECEMBER 19 • 3pm and 7:30pm

Since the beginning of his musical career, John has recorded more than 25 albums, three of which have gone platinum while another has reached double platinum status and yet another achieved a triple platinum ranking. His latest offerings are entitled The Old House – a collaboration with his long-time musical director, guitarist and artist in his own right, Jason Fowler – and My Gentle Harp: A Tribute To Thomas Moore, the musician, poet and singer who lived from 1779 to 1852. The Old House offers such perennial favourites as Wild Mountain ThymeThe Cliffs of Doneen and Red is the Rose, as well as the hilarious crowd-pleaser I'm My Own Grandpa. With My Gentle Harp, John pays homage to the man whose words have been used in opera, in the works of James Joyce and have been featured in performances on some of the greatest stages of the world. For more than 200 years, Thomas Moore's poetry, prose and music have touched the lives of millions and continue to have an important influence on the arts to this day.

There are many other milestones in John's career. His concerts are sell-outs and sales of his albums are brisk. In addition, John is a perennial favourite to sing the National Anthem at Toronto Maple Leafs home games, and he has met five U.S. presidents. He has been nominated for a number of Juno awards and received the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Bob Hope Award for his support for veterans' causes.
Veterans are special to John. His father, who died in 1995, served in the Royal Air Force. John's mother, who lived on for about five years after her husband's death, had a brother who died in the notorious Changi Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Two of John's cousins were killed in Vietnam and another took his own life after serving there. In 2010, John was awarded a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his work on behalf of veterans. He is also an honorary member of the War Amps of Canada.

A current project close to John's heart is his drive to raise $3.6 million to enhance and expand the Palliative Care unit – K-Wing Veterans Centre – at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital. He wants to help the staff give the best possible care to their patients – veterans, serving members of the military, First Responders such as police officers and firemen, and members of the general public who are admitted to the unit.

Funding for the project so far has come from a series of concerts entitled Music in the Key of Giving as well as from corporate sponsorships and individual donations made through John's not-for-profit charitable foundation, McDermott House Canada. John is particularly touched by the donations from people with little cash to spare– especially senior citizens who send in $2 or $5 because they realize the importance of having the project succeed.

To make a contribution or to obtain information on upcoming concerts, go to the website at www.mcdermotthousecanada.org. To keep up-to-date with John's album releases, news and other information visit his website at: johnmcdermott.com

Tickets are $40 + HST and $2.50 service fee. Theatre-style, reserved seating. Call 905 372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210 for tickets.



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