Nickelback, Blue Rodeo and more team up for Fire Aid benefit

By Sarah Walker

Some of Canada's most famous musical icons are coming together to help Fort McMurray weeks after devastating fires crippled the town and left thousands homeless. Nickelback, Blue Rodeo and Randy Bachman are just some of the stars who will perform at Fire Aid on June 29.

Other talents who will make an appearance include Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Alan Doyle, the Rankin Family, Dean Brody, Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel, Dear Rouge and High Valley.

All funds raised from the concert will benefit the town and fire victims through the Fort McMurray United Way. Tickets go on sale at ticketmaster.ca at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30 and range in price from $35 to $99. The event will be held at the Commonwealth Stadium Recreation Centre in Edmonton.

Nickelback and others are performing to raise money for Fort McMurray. Photo: © Getty Images

In a statement about their participation, Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake said the band jumped at the opportunity to help those displaced by the blaze. They hail from Hanna, Alta., which is about six hours south of the area affected by the fires.

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“The devastation, images and stories of the lives shattered by this resonate with everyone; but, perhaps none more so than Albertans,” he said. "Alberta is home for us and we’ve never shied from that. When tragedy strikes at home, you help. It’s the least we could do and we are humbled to be a part of this event with so many talented artists.”

Speaking to the CBC, Diane Shannon, the executive director of the Fort McMurray United Way, said many of the town's citizens are hoping to return to the community starting next week.

"We don't know when we open the doors to our homes or to our work what we will be faced with... [But] we really all have to go home," she said.

Since the fire, several celebrities have also offered kind words and support to the community, including Ryan Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "One of the things that’s been touching over the past days is... how the international community has been affected and responding to this tragedy."

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