Dave McCann (singer-songwriter)

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Dave McCann (born May 25, 1972) is a Canadian-based songwriter and performer from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Early life[edit]

David Brian McCann was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada to Jeanette McCann (Nova Scotia) and Brian McCann (Ontario). He was raised in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario, between Keene and Peterborough, Ontario. Dave McCann is of mixed ancestry consisting of Irish, Scottish and Delaware roots from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation.


A member of the Alberta roots scene, Dave formed his band Dave McCann and The Ten Toed Frogs in the early 1990s. He released his first recording Woodland Tea in 2000 to critical acclaim,[1][2][3] and Country Medicine in 2004. His live recording Shoot The Horse (2008) was one of the last performances recorded in Edmonton at the Sidetrack Cafe, one of Canada’s historic live music venues. Shoot the Horse was recorded on November 11, 2006.

Dave’s fourth release Dixiebluebird was released in 2010. Bringing with it a name change to Dave McCann and the Firehearts. Dixiebluebird was recorded by Lij Shaw in East Nashville at the Toybox Studio and produced by guitarist, producer and Americana alt-icon Will Kimbrough, well known for his work with Todd Snider, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell.[4]

Dave has shared the bill and stage with Washboard Hank, Willie P. Bennett, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Naomi Shelton, Melanie Safka, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Joe Pug, Kieran Kane, The Skydiggers, Geoff Muldaur and more.[5] He also tours as part of the Highway Three Roots Revue, a songwriters tour with Juno-nominated roots artist John Wort Hannam[6] and alt-rock songsmith Leeroy Stagger.

Current activity[edit]

He resides with his wife and two children about an hour north of Montana’s Glacier National Park in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.[4]


  • Woodland Tea (2000)
  • Country Medicine (2004)
  • Shoot the Horse (2007)
  • Dixiebluebird (2010)


  1. ^ Clay Steakley, Performing Songwriter Magazine, Nashville,Tennessee
  2. ^ Michael Mee, NetRhythms Roots Press, London, UK
  3. ^ Richard Thornley, Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada
  4. ^ a b "FFWD - Calgary Music - Music Previews - Nashville skyline". Ffwdweekly.com. 2009-10-08. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived December 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Nominees Test | The JUNO Awards". Junoawards.ca. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 

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