Former Great Big Sea's Séan McCann To Perform At National Music Centre for Bell Let’s Talk Day

By Aaron Brophy 1/25/17 |

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Former Great Big Sea member Séan McCann will perform at the National Music Centre in Calgary as part of Bell Let’s Talk Day's mental health awareness events happening Jan. 25.

McCann will be be part of a full day of Bell Let’s Talk Day programming at the National Music Centre. Other events taking place at the music centre will include public and community booths at the centre's Canada Music Square, an open session with music therapist Jennifer Buchanan and the Kimball Theatre presentation “Why does Music make us feel emotions?” McCann's concert, which will be a free ticketed event, sold out almost immediately when tickets became available online.

"I believe that music is strong medicine and that a song can save your life. I am really looking forward to performing at Studio Bell on Bell Let's Talk Day," said McCann in a release.

Bell Let’s Talk Day has become the giant communication company's signature cause. On Jan. 25 Bell will donate five cents for every text message, mobile or long distance call made by Bell Canada or Bell Aliant customers. On top of that, using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk on Twitter or Instagram, or interacting with Bell Let's Talk content on Facebook and Snapchat will also generate donations.

"The power of music to explore, treat and combat stigma around mental health is undeniable, and the National Music Centre is proud to partner with Bell Let’s Talk and a host of community partners to become part of this important national discussion," said Andrew Mosker, president and CEO for NMC. "We’re also delighted to host Séan McCann as an artist in residence and look forward to him sharing some of his inspiring stories and music with us on January 25."

In 2016 Bell generated $6,295,764.75 in funding for Canadian mental health. The money raised will go towards areas such as community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives.

Watch Bell Let's Talk Day's 2017 message about self-care:

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