News and shows

Mary McCandless’ company of characters, “The Ladies of the Sunshine Club”, are being expanded into a full length show.  Once again, Mary is joining forces with the amazing Canadian composer/lyricist, Harry Lewis, to bring this to life.

Lilacs in the Snow”, starring Mary McCandless, is also in production.  Mary will recreate the celebrated role of The Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrova, for which she received rave reviews.  This one woman musical was written especially for Mary McCandless by Tom Kneebone.  The incredible blend of music and lyrics were written by Dinah Christie.

When the last Tsar, Nicholas II and his immediate family were murdered in 1918, some of his relatives managed to escape.  Among them was his favourite sister, The Grand Duchess Olga, who eventually took refuge in Canada and settled on a farm in rural Cambellville and later in Cooksville, Ontario.  She died in obscurity in over a barber shop in the east end of Toronto – a far cry from the Romanov Palaces near St. Petersburg where she was born.

Lilacs in the Snow” celebrates the remarkable life of her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga of Russia, Daughter of Tsar Alexander III, sister of Tsar Nicholas II and Aunt to the Grand Duchess Anastasia.

Books and Projects

Mary is presently working on two writing projects. A series of short stories entitled, “Second Teardrop From The Left”, about her “adventures in living” on the musical stage and a book with the working title, “Illuminating Life”, based on her experiences as a spiritualist healer.

Intimate venues

Mary McCandless offers her talents to theatres, various organizations including community and senior centres and churches with highly successful, inspirational and fund-raising performances. Each show is tailored to suit individual situations, performing any one of her one-woman extravaganzas! Mary will bring to your stage a scintillating medley of Broadway, comedy, original material and inspirational music. She is also available for house concerts, corporate parties, special celebrations and events.

Mary McCandless is also a celebrated, charismatic motivational speaker, who shares “The Secret of Life” with a positive approach to daily living, helping you to recognize and celebrate who you really are, through her own adventures in living. Her warmth and caring approach matched with her enthusiasm for life is contagious!


Mary McCandless is also a celebrated Wedding Officiant located in Cobourg, Canada. She performs interfaith, civil and spiritual ceremonies and will bring a deep sense of spirituality and joy to the celebration of your on-going commitment to each other. All are welcome. Mary also officiates at other life rituals such as baptisms, funerals and memorials.

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