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George Canyon added to Colborne's Forces Benefit Concert lineup

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- George Canyon will join the lineup for the inaugural Colborne's Forces Benefit Concert, presented by Macquarie and the Calgary Flames.

Canyon, who is the Flames' anthem singer, will join award-winning group Emerson Drive for the benefit concert on Thursday, Jun. 23 at The Military Museums of Calgary.

All proceeds will be directed to Support our Troops with a portion directed to The Military Museums Foundation. The concert will be an important fundraiser for both programs, but more importantly, a tribute to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Tickets for the benefit concert are on sale through the event website. Sponsorship and VIP packages are also available at www.colbornesforces.com.

Joe Colborne announced his marquee community program, Colborne’s Forces, in November 2014. Colborne has purchased season’s tickets for Canadian Armed Forces members to attend every Flames home game. Following each contest, the Canadian Armed Forces guests meet the Flames forward and check out the team’s locker room. The guests are saluted in-game throughout the year. The extension of this support has resulted in the creation of this unique country concert event, exclusive fundraiser and tribute to the Canadian military.

For well over a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits, deliver electrifying stage shows and wow audiences all across North America. During their evolving career, the Canadian band has scored numerous hits such as “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” “Last One Standing” and their emotional, chart-topping ballad, “Moments.” Emerson Drive has racked up countless award nominations in both the U.S. country market at the ACM’s and CMA’s, as well as in Canada where they have picked up multiple trophies for Group or Duo of the Year from the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association). Emerson released their newest EP “Tilt A Whirl” on April 14th, 2015 which charted the bands 20th Top 10 hit in Canada with “Who We Are”.

Canadian country music legend George Canyon is continually melding his love of family with his passion for music; his integrity and dedication to his family are reflected through the songs he writes and the stories he tells. A multi-JUNO award winner and platinum selling artist, Canyon’s latest album I Got This finds him back in the saddle; a culmination of two years of writing, and working with incredibly talented writers, producers and musicians. Showing no signs of slowing down, Canyon is hot off the heels of his near 40 date “Jekyll and Nothing To Hide” 2016 cross Canada tour. “I wanted to create a record that was fun to play, and exciting for the fans to listen to. It’s been a while since I’ve had an album of new original songs, and these songs put a smile on my face,” says Canyon.

A Nova Scotia native, Canyon was recently inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame and has been widely decorated with a number of accolades including multiple CCMA and ECMA Awards in addition to his multiple JUNO Award wins. As the national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a vocal advocate and supporter of the Canadian Military, Canyon was also presented with the CCMA “Humanitarian of the Year” Award in recognition of his philanthropic endeavours with both organizations.

The Support Our Troops Program is an invaluable Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) morale and welfare program that exists to help CAF members and their families meet unique challenges and individual circumstances, most often associated with the demands of military service. The team within Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) works closely with Department of National Defence (DND), as well as with provincial and municipal community agencies and other charitable organizations, to help find the best support for members and their families.

The Military Museums Foundation is a non-profit society that brings Canadian military heritage to life for over 18,000 students each year. By providing Alberta curriculum-based education programs, the Foundation supports The Military Museums’ mission to Remember, Preserve, and Educate.

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