The StarPhoenix - July 20, 2010
Music lovers turn out to support flood victims
Saskatchewan people coping with flooded homes and businesses got a helping hand from a large group of artists and music lovers Monday in Saskatoon.
What started out as a small idea for musician Stephen Maguire became a big fundraiser for the Saskatchewan Red Cross.
Maguire was touched by the stories of the people affected by flooding across the province this summer and decided to hold a benefit concert, asking his friends and fellow Saskatchewan musicians to play the show. All the artists donated their time to the event, resulting in a concert that featured some of the province's most high-profile performers.
"I'm thrilled, I'm absolutely thrilled. It's exceeded all expectations," said Maguire Monday. "I'm just excited to play at this stage."
About 600 people attended the concert at Third Avenue United Church. Performers included Andrea Menard, Jay Semko, Eileen Laverty, Jeffrey Straker, Codie Prevost, Carrie Catherine and Maguire. The event was supported by the CBC and hosted by CTV's Veronica Jubinville.
With Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. matching ticket sales up to $20,000, along with additional donations from concert goers, the event raised an estimated $24,000. All proceeds are dedicated to the Saskatchewan Red Cross and will go directly to those communities affected by flooding.