The artwork for the concert reads “Fire Aid for Fort McMurray…Show goes rain or shine. Praying for rain.” Acts like Nickelback, Blue Rodeo and Corb Lund will be playing Commonwealth Stadium June 29.
“We had bands reaching out to us,” said Harvey Cohen of Live Nation, one of a team of promoters that got together, much like what happened three years ago in Calgary. “Before we even had our first meeting, we had bands reaching out to us saying ‘hey are you planning on doing anything? We know you did a big flood concert in 2013. Are you planning something as well for this?’ So we got right to it.”
They’re performing for free as are Dean Brody, The Rankin Family, Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel, Randy Bachman with The Sadies, Ian Tyson, Alan Doyle andthe Beautiful Gypsies, Dear Rouge, and High Valley.
Money raised will go to the United Way in Fort McMurray which is coordinating relief efforts. Executive director Dianne Shannon told reporters one of the first priorities is to beef up with AHS, support for those suffering from mental fatigue.
“We know that was already a challenge,” Shannon told reporters.
“We already had a gap in our community to address those kinds of challenges. The economy was already really having a toll on our emotional strength in the community and so we know that with in our agencies that provide those kinds of services, and some that didn’t previously that are going to need to, that that’s going to be our first and immediate impact.”
Tickets, priced at $35, $60, and $99, go on sale Monday, and they’re finalizing a scheme with Ticketmaster where you can buy additional tickets, then have them donated to Fort McMurray residents. Cohen said they’re not able to give free tickets to residents.
“There’s 88,000 people who were evacuated and 40-thousand-ish seats here. Obviously the goal here is to raise money and as much as we’d love to welcome everybody in for free, the goal here is to put some money together to help rebuild the city.”
The stadium will be configured with the stage at the north end zone using the entire bowl and seats on the field.
More Alberta acts will perform on a stage outside of Commonwealth. They’ve dubbed that, the “Stamp it out stage.”