Calgary native Leslie Feist will return to her home province on August 7 to hold a benefit concert for victims of the floods that devastated the area late last month. In addition to donating all of the proceeds from her performance at the Shaw Amphitheatre in Banff, Alberta on August 7, the singer is also holding a charity eBay auction featuring a package that will allow a very lucky fan a very exclusive look at the show.
The package includes airfare from any of the 48 mainland states, Mexico and Canada, a hotel room in Alberta and two VIP tickets to the August 7 performance.
Funds raised by the performance and the eBay auction are being donated to the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, which was devastated by the early morning floods on June 21. Feist chose this particular shelter, also known simply as "DI", not only because it faces a lot of pricey renovation following the disaster, but also because of the work it does every day.
"This type of catastrophe has certainly shown the many faces of disaster but, rain or shine, the DI help the homeless and less fortunate every day. What they do is noble, special, and life-changing, and it deserves not just my support, but yours as well. I'm happy to have a summer's night under the stars in Banff translate into some tangible support of this incredible organization." said Feist.
On June 21, the DI was completely evacuated by the Calgary Police Service, forcing all 1,200 people staying there to leave. The organization set up a temporary shelter where their clients, as well as victims of the flood, started to accumulate. At the temporary shelter the community united until the disaster passed.
"We lost so much in the flood, but never lost hope. We see the power of human resilience every day here, but it was never so evident as it was during this flood. The unity we saw among our staff and clients was inspiring, emotional, and uplifting. During times of great crisis, I guess we get to see the best parts of people." said Steve Baldwin, Director of People, Culture and Community at the DI.
Feist's special eBay package is up for grabs until Tuesday, July 30. Shortly following her August 7 Banff performance, the singer will head off to the Edmonton Folk Festival in Edmonton, Canada and then Regina Folk Festival in Regina, Canada. Tickets for Feist's performance in Banff are available via Ticketmaster.