Helping rebuild Alberta communities
In late June Southern Alberta was devastated by unprecedented flooding. Whether rural communities like High River, urban neighbourhoods in Calgary, or the southern Alberta First Nations, thousands of people have been affected.
In a truly Albertan and Canadian manner, the very best of the human spirit has risen as we come together to show our support and rebuild stronger than ever.
Joining forces with business leaders and the Province of Alberta, The Halo High Water Benefit Concert and Telethon on August 4th, featuring some of the biggest names in music, will raise money for The Calgary Foundation's Flood Rebuilding Fund.
The star-studded evening will take place at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary. For those unable to join in person, the event will be 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.
The Halo High Water Performers
The all-star roster of talent includes:
- Alberta Ballet - Canada's second largest ballet company renowned around the world for contemporary and classical productions
- Susan Aglukark - Inuk singer/songwriter, three time Juno Award Winner, and Order of Canada recipient
- Don Amero - 2013 Junio nominated, Aboriginal Album of the Year and 2012 APCMA winner, Male Entertainer of the Year
- 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
- Livy Jeanne - A Rising Star balancing country twang and pop polish
- Brett Kissel - chart topping singer/songwriter
- The Travelling Mabels - Folk/country female trio voted the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) Group of the Year 2011
- Michelle Wright - chart topping singer singer and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee
- A variety of hosts and traditional First Nations talent
Presenters during the evening include:
- Tom Jackson - Juno and Gemini recipient, Order of Canada recipient
- Graham Greene - Academy Award nominee
- Kaillie Humphries - Calgary-born gold medla Olympian
- Shaun Johnson - Heartland actor
- Graham Wardle - Heartland actor
- Sheldon Kennedy - Former professional hockey player
- Joan Crockatt - M.P. Calgary Centre
- Sven Bartschi - Calgary Flames player
- Anthony Parker - Calgary Stampeders player
The Calgary Foundation
Proceeds from the Halo High Water Benefit Concert and donations will be directed to the Flood Rebuilding Fund at The Calgary Foundation which is focusing on the long-term community needs related to the devastating flooding that turned thriving communities into disaster zones.
Through the Flood Rebuilding Fund, The Calgary Foundation works with partners in the non-profit and corporate sectors to support some of the hardest hit areas in southern Alberta including Calgary, High River and surrounding First Nation reserves - in their rebuilding efforts, beyond the immediate relief work following the disastrous floods.
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.