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Former Great Big Sea member Séan McCann discusses music, alcoholism on All in a Day

Séan McCann talks about his current tour, his struggles with alcoholism, and his decision to move to Ottawa with All in a Day's Alan Neal.

Newfoundland folk singer moved to Ottawa earlier this year

Former Great Big Sea member Séan McCann was a guest Monday on CBC Ottawa's All in a Day. (Kevork Djansezian/Great Big Sea)

There may be no band more associated with Newfoundland than Great Big Sea — but for former member Séan McCann, it's now Ottawa that's home.

"The average temperature in St. John's the past summer was literally nine degrees! That was probably the straw that broke the camel's back," said McCann, speaking with CBC Ottwa's Alan Neal on afternoon show All in a Day.

McCann is currently touring his album Help Your Self around eastern Ontario, with stops in Belleville on Oct. 22 and Kingston on Oct. 23.

First, however, he stopped by the CBC Ottawa studios to speak with host Alan Neal about moving to the nation's capital, his time with Great Big Sea, and overcoming his alcoholism through music. Listen below.