Music News Monday: AB Flood Aid concert a success, Arcade Fire musician goes solo, and more.

The Alberta Flood Aid concert was a huge success! The $1.4 million goal was reached and all 30,000 tickets were sold out for the McMahon Stadium show. According to the organizers, the show went incredibly well, with the only public hiccup surrounding the show headliners Nickelback. At their request, Nickelback arranged for their portion of the set to be pulled from live television, leaving some television-watching fans upset.

All donations for the Flood Rebuilding Fund established by The Calgary Foundation are to be directed towards recovery work only, and not for administrative costs.
 

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Breaking News:

Chris Brown concerts in Canada have been cancelled due to the artist’s failing health and personal concerns. Refunds will be made available this Thursday for those who bought tickets for his Winnipeg, Saint John, Halifax, and Toronto shows.
 
And maybe it’s for the best? Back in July (full story here), Halifax Mayor Mike Savage made his disdain for the artist public by declaring Chris Brown makes him “sick.” In response, Chris Brown fans started a petition via change.org for Mayor Savage to “stop bullying Chris Brown” with just over 2,000 signatures.

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Billy Talent’s debut album will be celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary this fall with “A Return to The Roots Tour” with special guests Anti-Flag to play for a handful of Canadian dates. Calgarian fans can expect to see Billy Talent (sadly, no Anti-Flag for this one) on November 2 at Flames Central. Complete tour dates are available on the official website.

If you’re like me, Billy Talent’s first album was one of many soundtracks to an angst ridden but otherwise perfectly stable junior high life. How time flies.

Just for old times sake:

Violinist Sarah Neufeld of the group Arcade Fire is releasing her solo album tomorrow. Hero Brother is Neufeld’s admittedly personal attempt at attaining artistic strength as a solo artist. In her own words, Hero Brother is “without the protection of an army of friends.” The album is set to release tomorrow, Tuesday August 20.
 

The World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland awarded the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band with fourth place this year against 23 international contenders. An unexpected storm was singled as the culprit for creating a lower-sounding pitch resulting in their fourth-place standing, explains Jack Lee, Pipe Sergeant. With the top spots awarded to UK players, SFU shouldn’t really be too hard on themselves, though, right?

See the SFU Pipe Band in action at the Championships back in 2008:
 

Last but not least: The Jackson Five returned last Sunday to play Vancouver for the first time since their last performance in 1984. The group played a few songs made famous by their brother Michael, as well as selections from their most successful days.

~ Leyland Bradley

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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