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David V. McKee, Entertainer
Pays tribute to The Great Performers of the Past
David V. McKee studied clarinet and saxophone with some of the best, including Paul Brodie, Elmer Isler and David Smith, and developed strong breath control and an ear for music. Then, he studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and developed a strong voice. Finally, he put all his talents together on stage and developed a vibrant sense of showmanship. His tributes to the great entertainers of the “Boomer” and “Pre-boomer” eras include the music of such artists as Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como and others. David has also performed in the 2011 Brantford International Jazz Festival in a Tribute to the Great Composers of the Past.
Today, David, often escorted by his good wife, Betty Jean, is proud to be the Official Town Crier of Brantford, a city whose numerous and varied virtues he has announced World-wide since 1991. He also portrays Alexander Graham Bell, Henri Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, a Pre-Victorian “Father Christmas” and Santa Claus. He has appeared as the Narrator in “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” and as guest Narrator with the Kitchener Symphony’s production of “Peter and the Wolf”, as well as plays staged by Theatre Brantford, Ichthys Productions, Talk of the Town Productions and the Paris Players. He has also played Dr. Charles Duncombe in the historical documentary series of The Ontario Heritage Visual Project. Other performances include a central role on Brantford’s award-winning Economic Development CD ROM, the narration of Tourism Brantford’s promotional video, scripting and narration for Brantford’s Walk of Fame documentaries and Master of Ceremonies for the Brantford Downtown Jazz Series, the BRAVA Volunteer Appreciation Gala, Brantford’s Riverfest and Mohawk Park’s summer concerts. David is also honoured to have been featured on Rogers Cable 20 series “Hometown Heroes”, was recipient of a City of Brantford Certificate of Appreciation in 2010, the inaugural Brantford’s Shining Stars Tourism Ambassador Award and was nominated Brantford’s 1999 Citizen of the Year. And in 2012, he was voted Best Professional Entertainer in the Brant News Readers Poll. However, his greatest honours were receiving both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in 2002 and 2012.
In the competitive arena of Town Crying, David placed 2nd at both the 2001 Town Crier World Championships and the 2002 North Americans and 3rd at the 2004 World Tournament. He is also 5 time Ontario Provincial Champion.