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Tenor John McDermott, Guitarist Liona Boyd and Rocker Alan Frew to Perform at Benefit Concert #BackFortMac

June 5, 2016   by #BackFortMac

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TORONTO, ON – Canadian tenor John McDermott, classical guitarist and 5-time Juno Award winner Liona Boyd, and legendary rocker, author, and 5-time Juno Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Alan Frew of Glass Tiger will perform #BackFortMac #TheConcert on June 27 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, featuring Canadian talent and all proceeds going directly to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, it was announced today.

They will join previously announced talent, including: legendary songwriter and singer Jim Cuddy, who will perform with an orchestra and his long time band member and violinist Anne Lindsay, The Devin Cuddy Band, Measha Brueggergosman, The Lovelocks, Jackie Richardson, Matt Dusk, Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath. More talent TBA soon!


#BackFortMac is being staged to help the thousands of citizens affected by the catastrophic and on-going fires around Fort McMurray, Alberta, and to let them know that Canadians stand with them.

As previously announced, Arlene Dickinson (Dragon & CEO of Venture Communications) will co- emcee #BackFortMac.

These generous Canadians are donating their talent and Roy Thompson Hall has waived its rental costs; there are no admin fees for volunteer work.

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Ninety per cent of the funds raised by #BackFortMac will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, supporting families and individuals impacted by the wildfires in Alberta. Ten per cent of proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross disaster readiness program, which allows the Red Cross to be ready to respond to emergencies such as the fires in Alberta at a moment’s notice with its network of highly-trained staff and volunteers across the country.

The Working Group of caring Canadians staging #BackFortMac are: Co-Chairs Bruce Bowser, Arlene Dickinson, Jon Dwyer, Eileen Greene, Pradeep Sood | Executive Producers Patti Jannetta, Adrian Luces | Action Team Tom Allison, Suzan Ayscough, Dave Baker, Michelle Baker, Aaron Barberian, Bessie Bullard, Rod Black, Mark Camilleri, Scott Carmichael, Joanne Cochrane, Sharon Cooper, Ivan de Souza, Jake Gold, Andrea Grau, Dan Jacob, Tanya Jivov, Norm Kelly, Eion Leggat, Maximillian Vogrin-Levy, Andrew MacDonald, Liisa Palokoski, Frances Peksyk- Cichocki, John Slighte, Dave Swan, Jon Trimandi, Joseph Turcotte, Monica Virmani and Vinay Virmani.

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About #BackFortMac

In response to the catastrophic on-going fires that continue to burn and wreak havoc on Fort McMurray, a group of caring individuals have come together to inspire and galvanize others to raise funds for the thousands of people affected by this disaster.

On Monday, June 27th, at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, #BackFortMac – The Concert, will be staged, with all proceeds going directly to the Canadian Red Cross’ Alberta Fires Appeal.

Notable Canadian performers, and celebrities from the film, television and sports world, will join forces to pay homage and tribute to the brave and resilient residents, of Fort McMurray Alberta.

Watch for further details in the days ahead.

“The effects of this disaster have been devastating to individuals, families and the entire community of Fort McMurray,” says Conrad Sauvé, president and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. “Thanks to fundraising initiatives such as the #BackFortMac concert, people have a chance to come together to enjoy some great Canadian talent while also providing an incredible contribution towards helping the Red Cross improve the lives of those in need.”


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