BUDDY McCANN (2019 Inductee)

Born the 15th child of the Famous McCann Family of Vanier (Eastview), Buddy has been playing music for as far back as he can remember. At the tender age of 10, he played drums on the McCann Family Album. Later he picked up the guitar, mastered the harp, and is currently well known for his outstanding abilities playing the harp and drums simultaneously. He also plays a mean hockey game. At 16 years of age, he took to the road playing music with sister Chris and continued his country music career playing with the likes of John Henry, Ron McMunn, Ginette Porter, Neville Wells, Dennis Whitty, Carol Anne and Marie King, and Gail Gavan, to name a few.

Music has taken Bud from Canada’s east coast to the west coast and every place in between. Some of the highlights of his 40 year country music career were opening up for Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt and Susan Aglukark, and his first place win in the 2015 Blues Harp competition in Ottawa. He also graced the Blues Fest stage in 2017, the 2nd largest Festival in North America, when he opened for Tom Petty.

After many years behind his drums, Buddy finally emerged from hiding and has proven to be an amazing front man with an incredible voice, a natural rapport with the audience, and for those know him, quite a wacky sense of humour. If you’re lucky, you may even catch the odd impersonation, at no additional cost. He likely could have had a successful career as a comedian but thank God he chose music. It’s impossible not to have fun when Bud is on stage.

Buddy has been involved in countless fundraisers throughout his career and has appeared on numerous telethons for Cancer, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and CHEO, and has made many other TV appearances including some for the Country Music Association.

Buddy is always in high demand in the recording industry and is one of the busiest and most respected musicians in town. If you haven't seen him in action, you don’t know what you’re missing. Who has more fun than people? Buddy.


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