Sean McCann of Great Big Sea is here to perform to help Mental illness in Airdrie, next Saturday, June 10th!! 

The Thumbs Up Foundation, SLAM in Airdrie and Sean McCann of Great Big Sea have teamed up to help raise awareness for mental health issues and disorders.

The Thumbs Up Foundation’s purpose is to improve access to mental health care. For more information about Thumbs Up check out

SLAM’s mission is to bring together the musicians in our community, as well as organize local events, provide opportunities for everyone to learn, perform and help promote the talent in Airdrie. For more information on SLAM check out

#TUFONSUICIDE Advocating Positive Change for Mental Health

Séan McCann is performing at the Town and Country Centre June 10 in Airdrie. Organized by Airdrie Supporting Local Area Musicians (SLAM), proceeds from the show will go towards the Thumbs Up Foundation, supporting mental health advocacy and suicide awareness.

As a founding member of Great Big Sea, an iconic folk and party rock band hailing from Newfoundland, McCann rose to fame with temptation at every corner.

“Every day I went to work there was a bottle of scotch, bottle of rum, four bottles of wine and 48-beer on the table,” McCann said. “Well, that’s why I’m not on a tour bus anymore. But you can quit, even under those circumstances, you can choose to quit,” quote from Airdrie City View.

Sean left the Great Big Sea in 2013, a move that ultimately contributed to the end of the band and the start of solo careers for both McCann and band mate Alan Doyle. As a result, McCann stopped drinking and bravely faced his traumatic past he considers the root of his addiction.

Sean McCann of Great Big Sea!!

“The Thumps Up Foundation had come to us and asked us about entertainment. I just put two and two together.” Gilliss said. “Séan’s a huge mental health advocate and that’s exactly what the Thumps Up Foundation is looking to do. Séan was the perfect fit.”

While SLAM is constantly involved in promoting and helping the local music scene, Gilliss believes working with the Thumbs Up Foundation to mix music and mental health is something that will continue.

“Music is something that does heal,” he said. “We believe in it very strongly and that’s the other aspect of it, is music therapy and being able to bring that to our city in different ways,” Sean quotes.

SLAM and Thumbs Up Foundation Presents
With Special Guest Kara Golemba

Location – Town and Country Centre275 Jensen Drive NEAirdrie, AB 

Door at 7:00 pm, Show at 8:00 pm – TICKETS

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