On June 22 Southern Alberta woke up underwater. Torrential rains had caused the banks of the High and Bow rivers to overflow, and thousands of people lost their homes and their possessions. But there was one thing Albertans didn’t lose, and that was hope.
Fast forward two months and these resilient folks are still slowly rebuilding their homes and their lives, but last night they took a break for some well-deserved rock n’ roll relief. The Alberta Flood Aid Concert was put together in less than a month, and featured some of Canada’s most beloved musicians. Loverboy, Ian Tyson, Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Colin James, The Sheepdogs and even Nickelback took to the stage at Calgary’s McMahon stadium to give back to their fans and in some cases – their friends.
Calgary’s own Jann Arden joked that the audience of 30,000 was full of “ex-boyfriends,” but in a rare serious moment, she stressed how Cowtown was more than just home, the city is “who she is.” Eighties rockers Loverboy began their careers in Alberta and knew that they had to do something to give back to the people who have allowed them to “rock out” for more than 30 years. Iconic singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane also built his career in Alberta, and believes that music, love and celebration can help people get through just about anything.
I agree whole-heartedly Tom, and hey, $1.5 million from happy concert goers doesn’t hurt either!
~ By Erin Cebula