I LOVE YOU, NEWFOUNDLAND, BUT I CAN NO LONGER BE YOUR KITCHEN PARTY POSTER BOY

Singer Séan McCann recalls the heady days of Great Big Sea, and his decision to leave his beloved home

Séan McCann has pursued a solo career since leaving Great Big Sea. (Submitted)

For years, I provided the soundtrack to a million brain-numbing buzzes.

For two decades, I was gainfully employed as one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most popular exports: the excellent folk pop party boy band Great Big Sea.

That success came at a cost, though. It’s a story that involves addiction — and overcoming sexual abuse.

I’m now 52, and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, but I have to wonder how I now fit in with the “Newfoundland brand” I once worked so hard to sell.


First, let me tell you about where I came from.

I was born in Carbonear and my people come from Gull Island and Northern Bay.

When I was two years old, my dad got a job in the “city state” of St. John’s so I was raised a townie but we always kept our hearts close to where we came from.

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