An eventful show to remember was organized at McMahon Stadium on Thursday night, where an extraordinary number of more than 30,000 people gathered in respect of some the biggest names in Canadian music during Alberta Flood Aid. Among those performing at the iconic event ranged from Jann Arden to Nickelback, and coupled with the stark weather, the city seemed revitalized considering what it had gone through in the past two months.
Almost eight weeks after the largest flood in provincial history, ordinary people had their first chance to convene and enjoy an evening. Numerous tributes were presented to the first responders, volunteers and communities who helped in saving lives of others while aiding Calgarians and Albertans to get back on their feet. During a musical tribute by Corb Lund to the late Stompin’ Tom Connors, he said “rest in peace sir,” while performing The Hockey Song. After its first performance by Loverboy, the show featured performances from Tom Cochrane, Randy Bachman, The Sheepdogs, and Matt Good. One of the attendants stated that “it’s raising money for the people that are in need, the flood victims,” and “I was actually shocked it didn’t sell out faster.”
Among the political personalities present at the event were Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Alison Redford. Speaking to the audience, Premier Redford briefly mentioned that “eight weeks ago, we went through something incredible, and we’re still working together to re-build Alberta,” adding “Thank-you all for being here! It’s a great celebration of who we truly are.”
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