FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (Brantford, On)

Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts presents

 JOHN MCDERMOTT TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS with special guest Heather Rankin

Showtime:   Thursday November 23 2:00 PM

Tickets: $45.00

Join beloved Canadian tenor John McDermott, as he delivers holiday cheer and makes a stop at Brantford, ON at the Sanderson Centre or the Performing Arts on Thursday, November 23rd at 2:00pm. As is John's tradition, he will sing holiday favourites, songs from his illustrious musical career, and tasteful Remembrance tributes. Tickets are on sale for $45.00. For more information go to http://www.sandersoncentre.ca/Event/TabId/128/ArtMID/557/ArticleID/413/-John-McDermott-Christmas-.aspx

Joining John for this very special evening is his very good friend, renowned singer-songwriter Heather Rankin. Formally of the multi-platinum selling musical group The Rankin Family. She has often shared the stage with a such notable artists as The Chieftains, Natalie MacMaster, and Johnny Reid. Her first solo album, A Fine Line, received nominations for Folk Recording of the Year at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year at the 2017 Juno Awards.

John McDermott is an international recording star and household name – known as much for his successful musical career as for his commitment to veterans’ causes. 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.

In 2012 John was honoured with the Ted Williams Globe and Anchor Award by the Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Society. In 2010 John also received a commendation from the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs for his work with veterans including his foundation McDermott House Canada, which is committed to creating an improved quality of care in the final stages of a terminal illness, coupled with a warm, welcoming place to stay in Canada for veterans, military, first responders and their families.

Current albums include "Some Other Time", a finely-curated stylish recording of classic jazz selections that feature some of Canada's finest musicians of the genre. Among the selections are renditions of such standards as "On Days Like These," "Moonlight in Vermont," "Autumn Leaves," "Put Your Dreams Away," and "The Shadow of Your Smile"; “Raised on Songs and Stories“, a collection of songs with a remarkable history attached – some very old and some more contemporary – each song a story to tell and a memory for the ages.  Another album, entitled "How Great Thou Art", is a collection of hymns and songs of praise that are both favourites of John himself as well as those of his late mother. Songs include Ave Verum, In the Light All Light Excelling, Immaculate Mary, Bring Flowers of the Rarest, Hail Glorious St Patrick, The Mansions of The Lord, and Rock of Ages.

His first album, "Danny Boy", garnered strong sales in the U.S. and Canada and reached number one in New Zealand.  This success, won through a tireless touring schedule, led to his participation in the PBS phenomenon, The Irish Tenors. John has gone on to record numerous albums, including Journeys. This extremely moving album includes songs such as “The Dreamer” and “The Gift of Years,” both written by renowned songwriter Eric Bogle. Proceeds of the sales went to McDermott House Canada.

This is a project close to John’s heart, and he says: “Every day the men and women who serve our country, and the police, firefighters and first responders who serve our communities put their lives on the line and themselves in harm’s way. When asked why, they simply say: “It’s what we do”. They serve freely and willingly, asking for very little in return.” to learn more about McDermott House Canada visit www.mcdermotthousecanada.org

For more information, contact  Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity anya@anyawilson.ca  416.266.2273

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Purchase tickets by:

Telephone:  (519) 758-8090 or 1-800-265-0710

In person:  88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford

Online: www.sandersoncentre.ca

$5.00 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20.00 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID.

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 For further information on this release contact Liz Oden (519) 752-9910 x 5022 or loden@brantford.ca