I guess when you’re planning a flood relief concert, why not go big or go home. Today, residents of Southern Alberta got word that  two different Alberta flood relief concerts will soon be taking place in Calgary .  While both great, both concerts are only days apart, so there will no doubt be some confusion.

So to help with that in mind, here’s what we know:

The Halo High Water Benefit Concert will take place on August 4th and Alberta Flood Aid rocks out on August 15th.

The first concert is definitely geared towards the country fans and will take place at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. I’ll and feature country stars Susan Aglukark, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, George Canyon, Jim Cuddy, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Brett Kissel. The performances will broadcast on CBC TV and Radio and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Alberta Flood Aid takes over McMahon stadium and includes Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good, Colin James, Jann Arden, Loverboy, Corb Lund, Johnny Reid, The Sadies, The Sheepdogs, Randy Bachman, Ian Tyson, with more artists being announced in the coming days. When tickets go on sale this Friday, prices will range from $30 to $100, with Ticketmaster waiving service charges.

All proceeds for both concerts will go to the  Calgary Foundation’s Flood Rebuilding Fund.

All good, but most of those performers find their way to Calgary for shows once or twice a year anyway.

Truthfully, I was sorta hoping some of the canceled bands would come back up and show their support.  You’ll remember that Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss and Bruno Mars all had their Stampede concerts canceled.  Selena Gomez and Rush have since moved their upcoming shows to Lethbridge and Red Deer respectively.

Either way, lots of money to help the loads of people who need it. Never anything wrong with that!



Mike Morrison