Music Community Comes Together for Flood Relief

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On May 13, the music community is coming together to help Manitoba flood victims. The MTS Centre will host Rise Again 2009: The Red Cross Manitoba Flood Relief Concert, featuring performances by a diverse group of artists including another expat, Tom Cochrane, R&B singer Deborah Cox, former INXS frontman JD Fortune, funk act Bet.e, roots quartet Nathan, country acts One More Girl and Beverley Mahood, funk fusion outfit Moses Mayes, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and East Coast Celtic band The Barra MacNeils.

The event is being spearheaded by a familiar former Manitoban, internationally-acclaimed musician and actor Tom Jackson.

"I currently live in Alberta,” Jackson said in a recent media release, “and as much as I think Alberta is wonderful, my heart is in Manitoba: my history is in Manitoba. As I have been blessed with the gift to help others, I feel a pride and responsibility to help my family and friends—literally and figuratively—when the need calls."

The concert is presented by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. with the support of the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, as well as Paquin Entertainment, APTN, CBC Manitoba, CBC Radio Two, Epic, Long & McQuade, MTS Allstream, MTS Centre, Place Louis Riel, Ticketmaster, Westjet, and Sound Art.

The show will be broadcast at a later date across the country on APTN and CBC. Radio listeners can catch show highlights on CBC Radio One's The (204) with host Wab Kinew on May 16 and on Radio 2's Canada Live on May 21.

Tickets for Rise Again 2009: The Red Cross Manitoba Flood Relief Concert are $20 and available through Ticketmaster. Donations can also be made to the Red Cross online at, by calling 1-800-418-1111 by drop-off at most Manitoba Credit Unions.

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