Edmonton, Canada

The McDades are a Canadian band made up of siblings Shannon Johnson (Violin and Vocals), Solon McDade (Bass and Vocals), Jeremiah McDade (Multi-instrumentalist and Vocals) and their musical friends.

Shannon Johnson of the McDades

The McDades' musical style is a unique blend of influences that combine the rich cultural experiences they had growing up in Edmonton, Alberta. The three siblings grew up performing a type of Canadiana or (roots) music with their parents, Terry McDade and Danielle McDade in The McDade Family Band from 1974 until 1994. As The McDade Family Band the siblings had the chance to perform at such venues as the Canadian National Exhibition, Vancouver Expo 86, The Commonwealth Games and multiple performances for members of British Royal Family. During this time Shannon, Solon, and Jeremiah were exposed to the variety of musical genres that are available in Canada and quickly began to experiment with these sounds.

In 2000 the siblings began to work together on their new group, The McDades. The trio, along with their band, strive to maintain an open and adventurous attitude to their music. They have performed and recorded with a variety of musicians from around the world including a tabla player from India, a santoor player from Iran and a number of players from the Canadian province of Quebec. Along with their own projects, The McDades have also been asked to record with a number of prominent Canadian artists such as Bill Bourne, Maria Dunn and David Wilkie.