Halo High Water Benefit Concert and Telethon to Support Flood-Devastated
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 CalgaryMayor
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
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).
Media Inquiries Tabetha Boot Account Director, Hill+Knowlton 403.268.7865
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