Oakville Public Library launches ticket sales to first annual fundraiser featuring Séan McCann

December 1, 2017

Oakville Public Library (OPL) has officially opened ticket sales to its first-ever annual fundraiser featuring renowned musician Séan McCann. McCann – formerly of Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea – will present his Help Your Self performance on Thurs., May 10, 2018 at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (OCPA).

Held in recognition of Sexual Assault Prevention Month and Mental Health Week, McCann will tell his captivating story of surviving abuse, battling addiction, and becoming sober, providing the audience with a strong message about mental health.

In his genuine performance, McCann uses a combination of music and anecdotes to portray the battles many individuals face, which includes shedding light on associated stigmas and the importance of self-help.

Serving as a safe space for many, the library hopes the event will help educate community members about mental health, as well as provide comfort and insight for those with similar experiences.

The event is OPL’s first fundraiser – which also includes a silent auction – with proceeds raised from the event used to support library resources, services, and programming, as well as the development and revitalization of its spaces. The library will also donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to SAVIS (Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services) of Halton to aid in their work of helping survivors of violence.

Regular and VIP tickets are now available to purchase through the OCPA box office or the OCPA website. Both ticket-types offer admittance to the performance as well as a charitable tax receipt. In addition, VIP ticket-holders are invited to attend an exclusive meet-and-greet reception and will receive a seat in the theatre’s preferred viewing section.

The library is currently seeking event sponsors and has secured Schiavone Diamond as its first “The Novelist” sponsor, in addition to Penguin Random House Canada, Arsenal Cleaning Services Ltd., and an anonymous donor as “The Poet” sponsors.

Individuals or organizations interested in becoming an event sponsor or donating an item to the silent auction can contact Development Officer, Virginia Kuypers at virginia.kuypers@oakville.ca.

To purchase tickets to Séan McCann Help Your Self fundraiser, please visit the www.oakvillecentre.ca.

For more information about the Séan McCann Help Your Self fundraiser can be found at www.opl.ca.