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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 08:55

Bassano concert will help Siksika nation

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Bassano mayor Tom Rose is always proud of his community.

However, he is especially proud these days after a group of local volunteers and a young woman who used to go to school in Bassano are doing something special for the Siksika Nation.
Bassano Centennial Arena will be the site for the Corb Lund, Ian Tyson and Friends Songs for Siksika benefit concert Sept. 15. Siksika was absolutely devastated by the June flooding and have not received the attention other communities have.
While the concert is hosted by Bassano's Vision Committee, Rose is quick to point out the concert was actually the brain child of Mount Royal journalism student Kelsey Solway.
Rose says Solway was interviewing Lund for a story when the floods had occurred. Lund, originally from the Taber area, suggested that he put on a benefit concert. He checked his schedule and made it happen. Lund wanted Solway to help organize the event and it has taken off from there. She wanted to find a venue which would be able to hold enough people. She turned to where she went to Bassano's high school and some old friends. Solway knew Rose as the teenage journalism student was friends with Rose's children.
“It was (Lund's) initiative that got it going and then she phoned me – with being mayor,” says Rose who adds they are happy to help the town's neighbours to the west. “We got the Bassano Vision Committee on board and they jumped all over it.
“I’m very proud of the group.”
Now, the sold-out concert will feature a 50/50 draw, cash bar, silent auction and a 10-minute video about the floods at Siksika created by Solway's cousin. As well, Bassano artist Betty Ann Burrows is donating some locally-coveted feather art for auction. Bassano's arena holds 825 people.
Doors open at 4 p.m. with everything starting to roll at 5 p.m.
Rose can’t wait for Sept. 15.
“This is a huge deal,” explains Rose. “Lund is an international star, international and hes coming to Bassano. He was finally able to find time in his busy schedule and the group was able to organize the event in 30 days.”

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