Country music’s brightest stars are teaming up to pay tribute to the victims of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy.
Acts like Dallas Smith, Jess Moskaluke, Brett Kissel, Gord Bamford, Chad Brownlee and the Hunter Brothers will play a fundraising concert at the SaskTel Centre arena in Saskatoon on April 27.
The concert comes after 16 people died and 13 were injured in a horrific bus crash that carried the Humboldt Broncos junior league hockey team.
The Country Thunder foundation Vice President Ted Gross said he is excited to see so many people willing to give back: “The Country Thunder foundation is very impressed by the giving nature of Saskatchewan people and people around the world in this time of tragedy. It has reinforced our commitment to step up and be part of this special night.”
Gross also announced that 30 NHL players and alumni will also attend the event. Lanny McDonald, Haley Wickenheiser, Kelly Chase and more hockey stars plan to donate signed jerseys as part of an online auction.
Both Smith and Moskaluke have expressed their honour to be a part the fundraising event, “I’m so proud to be a part of this event along with my friends and peers,” Smith said. “This tragedy weighs heavy on our hearts and in our minds and we are committed to helping do whatever we can for everyone affected. They say music heals, so we’re going to play our hearts out!”
“The Humboldt tragedy hit really close to home for me, having grown up in a hockey community in small-town Saskatchewan,” Moskaluke added. “As people, our hearts are all wanting to help. As artists, we know music can help heal, and we made a conscious decision to all get together to try and do just that.”
All of the proceeds from the concert will go to the families of those involved in the crash.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday.