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Fort Mac Concert Raises $2M

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Corb Lund was one of the many who donated time and name to the Fort Mac benefit last night in Edmonton
Corb Lund was one of the many who donated time and name to the Fort Mac benefit last night in Edmonton

The final numbers have yet to be tallied but organizers said they raised about $2 million from Wednesday night’s Fire Aid concert in Edmonton to benefit Fort McMurray.

As many as 35,000 attended Commonwealth Stadium Wednesday in support of the event to help the recovery effort in Fort McMurray and surrounding districts.

The enthusiastic crowd watched 17 acts perform at the Fort McMurray Fire Aid concert with all proceeds going to the Fort McMurray United Way to support the city’s and region’s efforts to rebuild. Opening was Winnipeg act Harlequin that included bassist Ralph James who these days runs the Canadian division of global powerhouse United Talent Agency. Following, a headline of acts that included Dallas Smith, Dustin Bentall, City and Colour, Corb Lund, Blue Rodeo, and Nickelback.

Musicians donated their time, while Air Canada and Westjet arranged their flights for free, hotels gave them rooms, Commonwealth Stadium offered its services gratis to the cause, as did others involved in the organization that included Live Nation and local promoter Jeff Parry who helped pull the event together and aided in the overall logistics.