On Dec. 9 international recording artist and a former member of the Irish Tenors, John McDermott, will be in Lindsay at the Academy Theatre for a family Christmas concert. He will be performing a number of all-time favourite Christmas carols along with a number of seasonal songs, plus some of his own music.
McDermott performed his first sols concert at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre on 5 October 1993 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From there he continued to tour the rest of Canada. Throughout 1994, he went on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, following the great success of “Danny Boy”, which had been ranked Number 1 on the charts there and achieved triple platinum in New Zealand. Next, in 1995, he went on a tour of Britain.
He also appeared at several special events including the D-Day ceremonies in France in 1995, and the United States Democratic National Convention in 1996. He has also appeared on television several times, both as a host of CBC Television concert specials in 1997, and in his own television special titled John McDermott: A Time to Remember, which aired on PBS in 2002. He formed The Irish Tenors, and after performing a large concert in Dublin, Ireland in 1998, they spent some time touring the United States, appearing on television, and releasing a gold record.[
Since leaving the Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to tour extensively throughout the World, performing with his own group and with the great symphonies of the world. He continues to work to support the veteran community in the United States and in Canada. In 2000, McDermott dedicated McDermott House in Washington, D.C., a transitional home for homeless veterans. His latest release, Journeys: Bringing Buddy Home, was recorded to help support fundraising for Fisher House Boston and launch the Canadian initiative for an outreach center for Canadian veterans.]
Awards and recognition
- For his support for veterans’ causes, John McDermott was made an honorary member of The War Amps.
- Also for supporting veterans’ causes, he has received the US Congressional Medal of Honor
Society’s Bob Hope Award. September 2001
- Received The Chapel of Four Chaplains ” Legion of Honor Award ” April 2002
- Received a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his work on behalf of Veterans 2010.
- Received five Junonominations (1993–1998)
- Received the Ted Williams Globe and Anchor Award from the United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Society. November. 2011
- McDermott was called the “worthy heir to the famed Irish tenor John McCormack” (Chicago Sun Times).