"With this national broadcast, all Canadians will have an opportunity to show their support for those who have lost so much," said Premier Alison Redford. "This concert represents an opportunity to help us rebuild Alberta together. We are grateful for the support of such talented artists and for the organizers who are working tirelessly to pull this tremendous event together on behalf of Albertans."
"Culture connects us across all communities. What better way to show our collective support for those affected by the floods than through the gift of music and artistic excellence," added Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Alberta Culture. "We are humbled by the compassion and generosity of everyone across our province and our nation who have reached out to help us."
"As the waters rose, we saw destruction and heartbreak," said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "But we also saw the very best of the human spirit as public servants and citizens from all parts of Alberta came to the aid of those affected. We proved that you don't need to know someone to lend a hand to help them back up. This concert lets all Canadians show that same spirit of compassion to help us become even greater than we were before."
President & CEO of The Calgary Foundation Eva Friesen says, "The Foundation will work with our partners in the non-profit and corporate sectors to support the Calgary and area community - including some of the hardest hit areas of High River and surrounding First Nation reserves - in their rebuilding efforts, beyond the immediate relief work following the disastrous floods.""APTN is proud to associate itself with this concert, a concrete effort to help the residents of our First Nations communities as well as Calgary and all other communities affected by the terrible flooding of June 21, 2013. People have suffered tremendously by this natural disaster and any contribution and effort to help all those affected get back on their feet should be supported", stated Jean La Rose, CEO of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). The Halo High Water Benefit Concert is being staged as a result of the generous support of corporate sponsors including Suncor Energy, Enbridge, National Oilwell Varco, Crossroads Market, WestJet, Province of Alberta, South Jubilee Auditorium, and broadcasters CBC and APTN.