Press Release

7/19/01 -- Press Release re: John McDermott to be awarded the Bob Hope Award


July 19, 2001 - It was announced today that world-renowned entertainer John McDermott, a champion of veteransí causes, would receive the prestigious Bob Hope Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society at the Societyís National Convention on September 14th. The Bob Hope Award is reserved for those persons, who, through their lifeís work in the entertainment industry, have distinguished themselves by outstanding service to or positive portrayal of the United States Military.

Mr. McDermott will embark on a tour throughout Canada and the United States in a tribute to the men, women, and families who selflessly sacrificed a part of their lives in service for freedom and democracy. The September 15th through November 16th 2001 REMEMBRANCE TOUR will create a meaningful national reminder of the proud legacy of service that is an undeniable part of our heritage.

"The Veterans population is virtually ignored outside of one day a year," John explains, "So much of the music I sing really speaks to the veterans' experience and I feel a great deal of respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line for the sake of their country." John McDermott is excited by the immense opportunity not only to honor veterans and raise awareness, but also to raise funds for local veteransí charities.

A chance discovery at the age of 39 led this one-time circulation manager for the Toronto Sun to a musical career that has thus far included nine releases, three platinum records, five Juno nominations (the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Grammy) and a solid touring schedule including upcoming Canadian and U.S. tours, and a solo PBS special scheduled to air in March 2002. For more information about John McDermott, please visit