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

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 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 
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).

Media Inquiries Tabetha Boot Account Director, Hill+Knowlton 403.268.7865 

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