Sean McCann, singer and multi-instrumentalist with favourite East Coast act Great Big Sea, has announced that he is leaving the band.

"This will be my last tour with GBS," he wrote on Twitter Thursday, "and I fully intend to enjoy every f**ken second and leave the stage with nothing but LOVE in my heart."

The 46-year-old musician grew up in Newfoundland, and was a founding member of Great Big Sea. He met his bandmates at Memorial University, where he was doing a Master's degree in folklore.

McCann has released two solo albums, 2010's Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes and 2011's Son of a Sailor.

The band has received many accolades and honours, including the East Coast Music Awards, where they won entertainer of the year every year between 1996 and 2000, Juno nominations, and a spot at a 2010 Vancouver Olympics victory ceremony.

Great Big Sea is currently on tour, with upcoming stops in Ontario, the eastern United States, and New Brunswick. The final date is December 31 in Moncton.

"So come on out to say goodbye," McCann also wrote, "and save the Last Dance for Me."

Want to get that dancing started now? Check out CBC Music's recording of Great Big Sea live in Toronto.

posted by Jennifer Van Evra on Nov 14, 2013