Brantford’s Official Town Crier, David McKee, has been invited to compete in an International Competition in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. McKee plans to cry his way to the top against more than 20 other Town Criers, dressed in stunning, colourful regalia. The competition will be held September 12-17, 2017.
The competition will be making several stops across the Annapolis Valley, with the main events being held in Windsor, Annapolis Royal and the final at Grand Pre. The competition itself is split between three cries. The first will be a free subject, so competitors can choose their own topic to proclaim, and the second will pertain to Canada’s 150th birthday. The third and final cry in Grand Pre has to deal with the Annapolis Valley. A panel of judges, including the host criers, will evaluate each crier on their uniforms, proclamations, clarity and projection among other factors.
No stranger to the competition scene, McKee was recently awarded a gold medal in both the Canadian and Ontario Town Crier Championships, held in Markham, Ontario, in June. McKee also received the second runner-up trophy in the 2017 Bermuda International Town Crier Competition in April. In recognition of these recent successes and his dedication to the City of Brantford, McKee will receive a Canada 150 and Ontario 150 award on September 9th at a special ceremony at the Sanderson Centre presented by MP of Brant, Phil McColeman and Dave Levac, MPP of Brant.
McKee has been the official Town Crier for Brantford since 1991 and said, “I can’t thank the people of Brantford enough for helping me get to events such as the Annapolis Valley competition. It really is wonderful to be able to boast about this great city.” McKee is able to attend these events through generous donations and support from the community. McKee has created a GoFundMe page to help reach his fundraising goal for the Annapolis Valley competition. For more information or to contribute, please visit www.gofundme.com/brantford-takes-annapolis