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Post  AmandaD on Wed May 06, 2009 12:55 pm


om Jackson spearheading flood relief concert in Winnipeg
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | 6:07 PM CT

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actor and musician Tom Jackson is taking to the mike to help out his
former hometown of Winnipeg in the wake of the flood that devastated
much of southern Manitoba last month.

Jackson is staging a flood
fundraising concert May 13 at the MTS Centre. The event, Rise Again
2009: The Red Cross Manitoba Flood Relief Concert, will feature artists
such as Tom Cochrane, Deborah Cox and JD Fortune, as well as local talent like Nathan and Moses Mayes, among others.

raised will benefit the thousands of Manitobans affected by the flood,
which peaked in Winnipeg on April 16, reaching a level that made it the
second-worst in the past 100 years.

Jackson, 60, also organized
relief concerts after the 1997 flood, which was the worst since 1852.
That free outdoor concert at The Forks raised about $2 million through

This year's concert will raise the money through the
sale of tickets, which are $20 each through Ticketmaster, as well as

Born on the One Arrow Indian Reserve in Saskatchewan,
Jackson's family moved to Alberta when he was seven years old and then
to Winnipeg when he was 14. He now resides in Calgary with his wife and
four children.

A well-known philanthropist, he is also
responsible for creating the Singing for Supper Christmas concert
series, which features numerous Canadian singers and performers raising
money for the Canadian Association of Food Banks.

"CBC has been
dedicated to providing extensive flood coverage on all our CBC
platforms. Our involvement in this great initiative is a natural
extension to our commitment to this community," said John Bertrand, CBC
Manitoba's managing director for English radio and television.

will broadcast the concert on The (204) with host Wab Kinew on CBC
Radio One (89.3 FM, 990 AM) at 5 p.m. on May 16, and on Canada Live
with Kinew on CBC Radio 2 (98.3 FM) at 8 p.m. on May 21. Dates for CBC
Television broadcasts will be announced at a later date.
CBC Manitoba will broadcast concert highlights.

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