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Artists pen song for Alberta flood

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As residents clean-up and rebuild from the flooding that has swamped Calgary and other parts of Alberta, a Canadian artist has created what he hopes will become an unofficial anthem of the flood of 2013.

Hell or High Water was a phrase that was bandied about social media in reference to the possibility the Calgary Stampede might not go ahead because of flood damage. The phrase soon took off in Calgary and adorned T-shirts for Stampede flood relief.

The catchphrase has now become something of a slogan for flood relief for the entire province -- and the title for a song done by Canadian musician Marc Martel and a group of local artists in Calgary.

"As a songwriter, I'm honoured to be contributing to this year's Stampede in the best way I know how," said Nashville-based Martel, who is also a Juno award winner and performer at the 2013 Stampede.

"I think the people of southern Alberta are ready for a reason to celebrate in the aftermath of the flood."

The song can be downloaded free at: www.CalgaryStampede.com/highwatersong.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 2, 2013 A10

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