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Local artists and music lovers show their support for those affected by the Fort McMurray fires

Throughout the week of May 15 to May 22, music venues across Calgary played host to some of the best local talent and visiting artists, with much of the proceeds from each show going to the Alberta Red Cross or other organizations assisting those affected by the recent wildfires in Fort McMurray. Many local businesses donated time and material to the cause as well, such Big Rock Brewery, which kicked in a sizeable portion of its drink proceeds from the events to the Red Cross. Other sponsors included Axe Music and Long & McQuade, which supplied instruments and sound equipment on short notice for the artists to use.

While some of the numbers are still coming in, the Calgary Bands for Fort Mac fundraiser contributed more than $12,000 to the Red Cross, and the Rockin' 4 Fort McMurray shows raised more than $6,300.

The Calgary Journal attended several fundraising concerts May 15 to May 22 so readers could see some of the best photos from the front row.

Photos by Jodi Brak 


Published May 21, 2016


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Calgary's Bad Animal opened up the May 20 fundraiser show at the Palomino Smokehouse, playing a set of fast-paced rock and roll. All ticket proceeds from the night were donated to the Alberta Red Cross to support those affected by the Fort McMurray fires. Photo by Jodi Brak