An excerpt from the Oakville Beaver – A fan shows his respect by Tom Douglas, Oakville – June 7, 2012
I was not at all surprised that internationally-renowned Canadian tenor John McDermott showed up to sing Amazing Grace at a memorial service in Oakville last week for Glen Wideman. A McDermott fan for years, I finally met the man just before his performance at the Oakville…
An excerpt from the Oakville Beaver – Tenor John McDermott performs at Oakville memorial service by John Bkila – May 31, 2012
All he asked was if we could make mention of the charity he founded, McDermott House Canada, which is dedicated to patients in palliative care…
An excerpt from the Toronto Star – Famed tenor John McDermott sings at devoted fan’s funeral” by Jennifer Pagliaro – May 31, 2012
A devoted fan of tenor John McDermott would have never dreamed the man he adored, whose haunting, simple melodies he raised his family on, would sing at his funeral.
An excerpt from the Toronto Sun – “Warmington: so much to love in Toronto” by Joe Warmington – November 12, 2011
There were some great moments on Remembrance Day – including a special one held in the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook where among those on hand to remember were WWII Veteran (remove ‘is’)John Slater, Shaun Francis and Michael Burns of True Patriot Love, John McDermott of McDermott House Canada, General (ret’d) Rick Hillier (Honorary Chair of McDermott House Canada and True Patriot Love), and former Sun Media Executive Vice President Trudy Eagan, Chair of the Board of McDermott House Canada (www.McDermotthousecanada.org).
An excerpt from the National Post – Arts and Life Section – October 20, 2011
THERE ARE VOICES AND THEN THERE IS JOHN ‘GENEROSITY’ McDERMOTT’S VOICE DIARY
Prima Ballerina ballerina /filmmaker Veronica Tennant is producing and directing Vive la Danse 25, a fundraising event for the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.
The National Ballet is contributing stars but this is one crazy week of juggling. Guillaume Cote, who just got back from Moscow, will do a solo from Kings of the Dance and Heather Ogden just got the call to dance in New York City this weekend for her first time. Both are now re-immersed in Alexei Ratmansky’s new Romeo and Juliet as are the luminous Greta Hodgkinson and Aleks Antonijevic. Donna Feore is coming in from Stratford to create a Fred and Ginger version of Change Partners for them, to be sung by John McDermott. There are voices and then there are voices! Day One, John jumped on board for us. I owe him! John’s passion project is McDermott House Canada, a charitable organization committed to setting the standard for premier-end-of-life care in Canada for Veterans, Military, First Responders and community patients. Check out www.mcdermotthousecanada.org to learn more about this wonderful undertaking and worthwhile cause.