Calgary music venues hold weeklong string of fundraising concerts
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
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
Benjamin Painter, lead vocalist of Bad Animal, screams his heart out into the microphone at the Palomino Smokehouse during a fundraiser concert on May 20. Photo by Jodi Brak
Turner Midzain, vocalist and lead guitarist of Calgary riff rockers Woodhawk, serenades the crowd during the Palomino Smokehouse fundraiser on May 20. All ticket proceeds went to the Alberta Red Cross to support those affected by the Fort McMurray fires. Photo by Jodi Brak
Kevin Nelson of Woodhawk lays into the drum kit during their set at the Palomino on May 20. Photo by Jodi Brak.
Local acoustic punk act Ghost Factory had the crowd dancing during the Rockin' 4 Fort McMurray fundraiser at Broken City on May 18. More than $6,300 was raised over the course of the two-day event. Photo by Jodi Brak
The Stacks, a three-piece rock group from Nanaimo, B.C., joined in the Rockin' 4 For McMurray fundraiser at Broken City on May 18. Photo by Jodi Brak
The Rockin' 4 Fort McMurray fundraiser, hosted at Broken City on May 17 and 18, drew almost 30 bands from various genres. Seen here is Calgary's The Mantle, playing some keyboard-infused rock. Photo by Jodi Brak
Calgary hard-rockers White Knuckle perform a heavy set at Broken City during the Rockin' for Fort McMurray fundraiser on May 18. Photo by Jodi Brak
The King's Head Pub hosted the Calgary Bands for Fort Mac fundraiser on May 15, bringing in more than 30 bands over the course of the day. Photo by Jodi Brak
(Left, centre) Aside from donation of ticket sales and drink purchases, The King's Head Pub held a live auction during the Calgary Bands for Fort Mac event on May 15. The event attracted quite a crowd and was able to raise over $12,000 for the Red Cross. (Right) Calgary legends Belvedere perform during the Rockin' 4 Fort McMurray fundraiser at Broken City. Photos by Jodi Brak