As you may have heard, WestJet put our boots on to support Alberta Flood Aid. Earlier this week, we flew musicians and their crews to Calgary for the Alberta Flood Aid benefit concert. Last night, we continued our support by assisting with social media fundraising efforts during the show at McMahon Stadium.
There were almost 35,000 people in attendance and thousands more watching on TV and online. If what we read on Twitter is any indication, everyone had a great time.
As part of our social media support, a few of us lucky WestJetters were given access to the backstage area, where we were able to chat with the artists, hosts and other notable people in attendance.
It was truly an awesome experience and reminded us that, while the musicians on stage are legitimate stars, they’re also real people who care about their community as much as we do. When you combine the star power of all the performers with the hard work of the Alberta Flood Aid organizers and volunteers, it’s easy to see how the event was able to raise over $1.5 million for the Calgary Foundation’s Flood Rebuilding Fund.
Before we get into all the fun stuff that happened last night, let’s remember that it is never too late to make a donation to help flood-affected communities in Alberta. You can donate $10 by texting ABFLOOD to 20222 or donate online via the Calgary Foundation’s Flood Rebuilding fund website.
A few of our favourite concert photos are below. To see all of our pics from last night, check our our Alberta Flood Aid Flickr album.
Brett Kissel, from Flat Lake, AB, was one of the first musicians to take the stage. While there, he asked for some help to get a selfie with the crowd for Twitter.
It turned out pretty well…
— BRETT KISSEL (@BrettKissel) August 16, 2013
I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Cochrane and Randy Bachman in the backstage lounge. They’re great guys who were very happy to show their support for Alberta!
As he has done so many times in the past, Randy Bachman took care of business.
Dallas Good, from The Sadies, had some of the best boots on tonight. Tara Slone came a close 2nd.
As the sun began to set, the crowd of almost 35,000 was wowed by Corb Lund.
Later on, Matthew Good took the stage and the crowd got really loud!
WestJet CFO, Vito Culmone, thanked everyone for attending and showing their support for the cause.
We were happy to be able to fly many of the musicians to Calgary for the concert. Much to our delight, we spotted this backstage.
The positivity flowing from Jann Arden and Naheed Nenshi tonight was contagious.
If you missed the show last night, check out the Alberta Flood Aid live stream video below, or on the TELUS YouTube channel.
If you were at the show (or watching from home) leave a comment below to tell us what your favourite part was.