February 29, 1960 |
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Known for||Anthem singer for the Vancouver Canucks (2001–present)|
Mark Donnelly (born February 29, 1960) is a Canadian singer famous for singing the national anthem "O Canada" at the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks home games. Donnelly is well known for holding the microphone to the crowd and encouraging the crowd to sing along.
Donnelly was born and raised in Vancouver and North Delta, playing hockey from the age of 12. Armed with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, he began singing national anthems for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League while working for a Scranton, Pennsylvania parish. After he and his family moved back to Vancouver, he started doing the same for the Vancouver Canucks beginning in 2001.
He made a cameo appearance in the TV show Psych, playing an opera singer in the season four premiere episode "Extradition: British Columbia", and then another cameo appearance as a singer in the final episode "Apotheosis" of the science fiction series Caprica.
He, his wife Catherine, and their nine children currently reside in White Rock, British Columbia. His brother, Lawrence, is the priest of St. Josephs Parish in Langley. He is a staunch supporter of the Canadian pro-life movement.
In popular culture
- Surrey Now (2011-12-22). "Much thinner singer sounds off prior to concert". thenownewspaper.com. Retrieved 2013-07-04.[dead link]
- Mooney, Harrison (June 1, 2012). "Canucks' anthem singer Mark Donnelly sings "O Canada" at launch of New Abortion Caravan". Ca.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- Krishnan, Manisha (June 10, 2011). "North Van teacher croons for Canucks". The Vancouver Sun.
- "Photo Gallery: Sing along with Canuck anthem singer Mark Donnelly". Vancouver Courier. May 20, 2011.
- Stone, Felicity (July 1, 2011). "At home with ... Mark Donnelly". The Vancouver Sun.
- "Game Entertainment / Mark Donnelly". Vancouver Canucks website. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "Canucks anthem singer takes spill during O Canada". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
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