After the flood, the gold rush.
Alberta Flood Aid has announced a star-studded benefit concert to take place at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, on Aug. 15. The list of performers is stellar; a mass pawning of the Juno awards collectively earned would bring a tidy sum on its own. Scheduled acts include Jann Arden, Randy Bachman, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, Colin James, Loverboy, Corb Lund, Johnny Reid, the Sadies, the Sheepdogs and Ian Tyson, the Four Strong Winds folk icon who trains quarter horses and mends fences at his ranch south of Calgary.
Catastrophic flooding in Alberta last month left more than two dozen communities in a state of local emergency after swollen rivers and creeks wreaked havoc over a wide swath of the southern part of the province. The concert, hosted by former Corner Gas star Brent Butt, supports southern Alberta's long-term community rebuilding efforts, including the hardest hit areas of High River, Canmore and the nearby First Nation reserve.
Also joining in on the relief effort is the Kids in the Hall comedy group. A benefit show for the Canadian Red Cross at Toronto's downtown Yuk Yuk's club on July 17 stars Dave Foley and includes fellow troupe members Kevin MacDonald, Scott Thompson, Mark McKinney and Bruce McCulloch, a graduate of Mount Royal University in Calgary.
Tickets for the comedy show are available at yukyuks.com.
Tickets for the concert at McMahon Stadium go on sale on July 19, through Ticketmaster. For full information: abfloodaid.ca.