Canadian-Book-Tour

Guess what, Canada? I’M COMING BAAAACKKKK. And… I have a favour to ask.

Firstly, though, I should explain why I’m coming back.

Some of you might have seen that I wrote a book, called ‘Adventureman: Anyone Can Be a Superhero’. Well, that book is finally available in Canada, after becoming a #1 best-seller in the UK (it’s on Amazon.co.uk here, in paperback and eBook).

That’s right, to everybody that’s been kind enough to wait while we worked to find somebody that could distribute the book in North America without you spending a fortune to get it shipped (and, amazingly, some of you did just that – thank you so much!), we’ve cracked it.

I’m absolutely chuffed to say, if you live in Canada or the US, you can buy the book from the lovely people at Indigo RIGHT HERE.

Here’s what Canadian Olympic hero Clara Hughes (who has won multiple Olympic medals as both a speed skater in the Winter Olympics and cyclist in the Summer Olympics!) had to say about the book:

‘I laughed. I cried. I absolutely loved reading about Jamie’s journey – just incredible. It’s not just his 5,000-mile Canadian run, but also, more profoundly, the fact that he was sick as a kid and yet still achieved and experienced so many amazing things that makes this book so damn good. What struck me deeply is his humanity and unfailing ability to never give up… It was also great to read about all the people who helped Jamie across our vast country – I couldn’t be prouder to be Canadian. This book is unputdownable – a true must-read for anyone looking to find the superhero within themselves.’

Clara Hughes, OC OM MSC


To celebrate the release, I’ve decided to recreate the Canadian run!

Sadly, I’m not going to be running it this time (I’ll be in a camper van) – but I will be driving every one of the miles I covered throughout the run last time, spending my own money to spread the word.

100% of the profits from the book go to charity. I haven’t, and won’t, earn a penny from it.

For any books sold in Canada, 50% of profits will go to the main children’s hospital in the province I’m travelling through (just like when I raised money for them before), and the other 50% will go to the charity I co-founded, Superhero Foundation.

Since finishing the run, alongside starting the charity and writing the book – which, given my dyslexia, took me foreverrr – I’ve been giving motivational talks. I’ve probably given more than 500 talks to businesses, schools and other organisations around the world in the last couple of years, which has been AMAZING.

I would never say I’m an expert, but I’ve had some pretty phenomenal feedback, and, honestly, it’s become a dream come true to be inspiring people for a living.

Throughout my time doing the book tour in Canada, I’d like to give my time – for free – to as many schools, hospitals and, really, anybody that wants to hear my story as possible!

This video gives you a good idea of what you can expect me to ramble on about:

And here’s where I ask for the favour.

Some of you might remember that I’m not much of a planner.

But guess what? Since finishing the run, I’ve only gone and found my very own Adventure Queen, Miss Anna McNuff! She’s gone above and beyond her girlfriend duties to put the below travel timeline for Canada together. A Canadian plan.

A Planada, if you will.

Actually, YEP. A PLANADA. Think it’ll catch on?

If your home town is in the list below, please look at when I’m near to you, and help me book talks, events and book signings. The sooner in advance, the better – I’d love to get my diary as booked out as possible!

Here are a few thoughts:

  • I don’t think I’ll be able to do more than a couple of talks each day. Dependent on travel, it might even only be one.
  • Again, there’ll be no absolutely no cost for any talks. If you’d like me to speak to an audience wherever you live or work, I’m all ears!
  • I’ll bring along a load of books to each talk (bring $20!). As I say, every penny made goes to charity.
  • I will be prioritising schools (I’ve found secondary school kids, so 10-11+ years old, respond brilliantly), hospitals and anywhere else I feel I can really make a difference, but that isn’t to say I won’t speak at businesses, book stores and other organisations too – after all, anyone can be a superhero!

See your home town and want to book me up to talk?

Email Superhero, Victoria Clark at: booktour@jamiemcdonald.org with the place name and date in the subject line and she’ll get back to you. I’ll add pencilled-in talks into the plan as soon as they’re confirmed, to try to avoid doubling up.

Without further ado, here’s the PLANADA – thank you so much for your help!

Province Date Place
NEWFOUNDLAND 07/11/2017 Arrive St John’s
08/11/2017 In St John’s
09/11/2017 In St John’s
10/11/2017 In St John’s
11/11/2017 In St John’s
12/11/2017 In St John’s
13/11/2017 Clarenville (pm)
14/11/2017 Clarenville
15/11/2017 Port Blanford (pm)
16/11/2017 Gander (pm)
17/11/2017 Grand Falls-Windsor
18/11/2017 Badger (pm)
19/11/2017 Deer lake (pm)
20/11/2017 Corner Brook (pm)
21/11/2017 Corner Brook
22/11/2017 Corner Brook
23/11/2017 Channel Port Aux Basques (pm)
24/11/2017 Channel Port Aux Basques
25/11/2017 North Sydney ferry (pm)
NOVA SCOTIA 26/11/2017 North Sydney
27/11/2017 TBC
28/11/2017 Antigonesh (pm)
29/11/2017 Antagonish
30/11/2017 New Glasgow (pm)
01/12/2017 Truro (pm)
02/12/2017 Halifax (pm)
03/12/2017 Halifax
04/12/2017 Halifax
05/12/2017 Halifax
06/12/2017 Amherst (pm)
07/12/2017 Amherst
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND 08/12/2017 Prince Edward Island (pm)
09/12/2017 Prince Edward Island
10/12/2017 Prince Edward Island
NEW BRUNSWICK 11/12/2017 Moncton (pm)
12/12/2017 Drive to Fredricton (am)
13/12/2017 Drive to Edmunston (pm)
QUEBEC 14/12/2017 TRAVELLING
15/12/2017 Quebec City
16/12/2017 Drive to Montreal
17/12/2017 Montreal
ONTARIO 18/12/2017 Ottawa (pm)
19/12/2017 Ottawa
20/12/2017 Ottawa
21/12/2017 Drive to Kingston
22/12/2017 Toronto (pm)
23/12/2017 Toronto
24/12/2017 Toronto
25/12/2017 MERRY CHRISTMAS!
26/12/2017 MERRY CHRISTMAS!
27/12/2017 MERRY CHRISTMAS!
28/12/2017 Toronto
29/12/2017 Drive to Barrie (am)
30/12/2017 Drive to Sudbury (am)
31/12/2017 Sudbury
01/01/2018 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
02/01/2018 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
03/01/2018 Elliot Lake (pm)
04/01/2018 Sault saint Marie (pm)
05/01/2018 Sault Ste Marie
06/01/2018 Wawa (Pm)
07/01/2018 TRAVELLING
08/01/2018 TRAVELLING
09/01/2018 Thunder Bay
10/01/2018 Thunder Bay
11/01/2018 Thunder Bay
12/01/2018 Dryden (pm)
13/01/2018 Vermilion Bay (pm)
14/01/2018 Kenora (pm)
MANITOBA 15/01/2018 Winnipeg (pm)
16/01/2018 Winnipeg
17/01/2018 Winnipeg
18/01/2018 Winnipeg
19/01/2018 Sioux Valley (pm)
20/01/2018 Virden (pm)
21/01/2018 Virden
SASKATCHEWAN 22/01/2018 Moosimin (pm)
23/01/2018 Regina (pm)
24/01/2018 Regina
25/01/2018 Moose Jaw (pm)
26/01/2018 Swift Current (pm)
27/01/2018 Swift Current
28/01/2018 Tompkins (pm)
29/01/2018 Medicine hat (pm)
ALBERTA 30/01/2018 Medicine Hat
31/01/2018 Suffield (pm)
01/02/2018 Brooks (pm)
02/02/2018 Strathmore (pm)
03/02/2018 CONTINGENCY DAY
04/02/2018 Chestermere (pm)
05/02/2018 Calgary (pm)
06/02/2018 Calgary
07/02/2018 Calgary
08/02/2018 Calgary
 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

09/02/2018 Canmore (pm)
10/02/2018 Banff (pm)
11/02/2018 Banff
12/02/2018 Lake Louise (pm)
13/02/2018 Golden (pm)
14/02/2018 Revelstoke (pm)
15/02/2018 Salmon arm (pm)
16/02/2018 Kamloops (pm)
17/02/2018 Kamloops
18/02/2018 Coquitlam (pm)
19/02/2018 Vancouver (pm)
20/02/2018 Vancouver
21/02/2018 Vancouver
22/02/2018 Vancouver
23/02/2018 TRAVELLING
24/02/2018 Victoria
25/02/2018 Victoria
26/02/2018 Victoria