Halo High Water Benefit Concert and Telethon to Support Flood-Devastated Southern Alberta

Susan Aglukark, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, George Canyon, Jim Cuddy, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Brett Kissel, Head a Star-Studded Concert and Telecast to Support Southern Alberta's Flood-Devastated Communities

CALGARY, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Following the unprecedented flooding in Southern Alberta, some of the biggest names in music are joining forces with business leaders and the Province of Alberta to stage the Halo High Water Benefit Concert August 4, 2013 and raise money in support of the Calgary Foundation's Flood Rebuilding Fund. The televised performance and telethon will feature an all-star roster of musical talent.

The Halo High Water Benefit Concert will take place on Sunday, August 4th at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary. The performances will broadcast on CBC TV and Radio and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in conjunction with a telethon that will enable all Canadians to donate and support the people and communities impacted by the flooding. CBC Music will also broadcast on-demand video of the full show and individual artist's performances.

"Whether it's rural communities like High River, urban neighborhoods in Calgary, or the southern Alberta First Nations, thousands of people have been impacted by the flooding. However, as with any great tragedy, the power of the human spirit is evident in the way communities and individuals have rallied to support those that need it most," said Tom Jackson, Halo High Water Benefit Executive Producer and Host. "Everyone associated with the Halo High Water Benefit Concert is greatly honoured to provide an evening where the entire country can come together to show our support and celebrate the incredible community spirit that has been demonstrated in Alberta and across Canada."

The concert and telecast will feature an all-star roster of talent including:

  • Susan Aglukark - Inuk singer/songwriter, three time Juno Award Winner, and Order of Canada recipient
  • Paul Brandt - Calgary native, Juno and Canadian Country Music Association award-winning singer/songwriter
  • Dean Brody - 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year
  • George Canyon - High River resident, multi-award winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor
  • Jim Cuddy - singer/songwriter, member of Blue Rodeo and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee
  • Carolyn Dawn Johnson - 2012 Female Artist of the Year, Canadian Country Music Association
  • Brett Kissel - chart topping singer/songwriter
  • A variety of hosts and traditional First Nations talent

The performance roster will continue to grow with additional artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

"With this national broadcast, all Canadians will have an opportunity to show their support for those who have lost so much," said Premier Alison Redford. "This concert represents an opportunity to help us rebuild Alberta together. We are grateful for the support of such talented artists and for the organizers who are working tirelessly to pull this tremendous event together on behalf of Albertans."

"Culture connects us across all communities. What better way to show our collective support for those affected by the floods than through the gift of music and artistic excellence," added Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Alberta Culture. "We are humbled by the compassion and generosity of everyone across our province and our nation who have reached out to help us."

"As the waters rose, we saw destruction and heartbreak," said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "But we also saw the very best of the human spirit as public servants and citizens from all parts of Alberta came to the aid of those affected. We proved that you don't need to know someone to lend a hand to help them back up. This concert lets all Canadians show that same spirit of compassion to help us become even greater than we were before."

President & CEO of The Calgary Foundation Eva Friesen says, "The Foundation will work with our partners in the non-profit and corporate sectors to support the Calgary and area community - including some of the hardest hit areas of High River and surrounding First Nation reserves - in their rebuilding efforts, beyond the immediate relief work following the disastrous floods."

"APTN is proud to associate itself with this concert, a concrete effort to help the residents of our First Nations communities as well as Calgary and all other communities affected by the terrible flooding of June 21, 2013. People have suffered tremendously by this natural disaster and any contribution and effort to help all those affected get back on their feet should be supported", stated Jean La Rose, CEO of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

The Halo High Water Benefit Concert is being staged as a result of the generous support of corporate sponsors including Suncor Energy, Enbridge, National Oilwell Varco, Crossroads Market, WestJet, Province of Alberta, South Jubilee Auditorium, and broadcasters CBC and APTN.

Tickets for the benefit concerts will be available for purchase starting on Saturday, July 20 with details posted to the website, Facebook, and Twitter. For more information about the Halo High Water Benefit Concert, visit www.halohighwater.ca or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/halohighwater or join the Facebook event Halo High Water Benefit Concert and Telethon.

About Halo High Water Benefit Concert

Halo High Water Benefit Concert is being executively produced by Tom Jackson (operating under non-profit Christmas & Winter Relief Association) and produced by Tom Jackson, Don Metz (Aquila Productions), and Jim Cressman (Invictus Group). Proceeds from the concert ticket sales, along with donations collected online and over the phone, will go to the Calgary Foundation's Flood Rebuilding Fund.

About The Calgary Foundation

Established in 1955, The Calgary Foundation plays a community leadership role by applying resources, and convening and connecting groups to foster partnerships to build a strong charitable sector. The Foundation offers expertise and advice to donors to help establish charitable Funds, most endowed in perpetuity, and provides grants to nonprofit organizations working in all sectors of the community.

Donations will be directed to the Flood Rebuilding Fund at The Calgary Foundation which will focus on the long-term community needs related to the devastating flooding that turned thriving communities into disaster zones.

Direct donations to the Flood Rebuilding Fund at The Calgary Foundation can be made online (thecalgaryfoundation.org), over the phone (403-802-7700) or by cheque (Suite 700, 999 8 Street SW Calgary, AB T2R 1J5).

Image with caption: "Halo High Water Benefit Concert and Telethon in support of The Calgary Foundation's Flood Rebuilding Fund, August 4th, 2013. (CNW Group/Halo High Water Benefit Concert)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130715_C7516_PHOTO_EN_29022.jpg

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