Alberta Flood: YYC artists give back

As you probably know, last week Southern Albertans experienced something that is now being called the worst flood in Alberta’s history. A totally unexpected chain of events that has suddenly changed the lives of thousands of people. For many the clean up process is just beginning and for others, like those in High River, they are still waiting to return home to assess the damage. I live in Calgary, a few blocks from the Bow river. Luckily my apartment wasn’t affected but I know many peoples who were. Even for Calgarians for whose homes were not touched by flood waters, the ramifications of this disaster are still felt. Calgary is a whole and the people who live here have come together in a huge way to show support and help get the city back on it’s feet.

Downtown Calgary flooded.

If you want to show support to the parts of Southern Alberta affected by flooding but aren’t sure how here are some amazing Calgary Artists who are giving back the best way they know how. These super creative folks have decided to offer some great products with most or all of the proceeds going to help with the relief effort. I’ve come in contact with most of them at various events around the city and they are all amazing people who care greatly about this community. What a great way to show support to local artists and know your donation is going to help a very worthy cause!

Click on the photos to link to their sites!


Cinder & Sage designer and creator, Lindsay Saunders, makes vintage and vintage inspired jewellery. If you want one of these stunning necklaces you better act fast! She’s selling out quickly and I can see why!


Amy Victoria Wakefield is a photographer who makes all her beautiful artwork by hand. There are 8 different Alberta magnets to choose from. I bought one for my mom for Christmas and she loves it!

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Melissa McKinnon is an artist who creates large scale textured acrylic paintings. She is auctioning off these two stunning paintings inspired by the ever-changing beauty of our Alberta landscape as well as the resiliency that Albertans are known for. Aptly titled ”Together We Stand” all proceeds from the auction goes to The Canadian Red Cross Flood Fund and bids start at $300 and ends July 3rd.

Mandy Stobo is the Artist behind Bad Portraits. These quirky gouche and watercolour paintings are so bad they’re good. Well actually they’re great! And now you can buy this one of Calgary’s beloved Mayor Nenshi on a shirt! In Scuba gear no less! 100% of profits going to the Red Cross and if a shirts not your thing you can also buy a print! Note: Flood my heart is the newest t-shirt design but scuba Nenshi prints are still available.


Stampede is a big part of Calgary and this seems to be the unofficial slogan for this year. Or maybe since it’s on a shirt it’s now official? Either way you can pick up one of these black tee’s from the Calgary Stampede store and know that 100% of the cost is going to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods Fund. While supplies last, of course.


If you can’t get enough of Nenshi (and who can?) or the Stampede here is another offering. These shirts are from Frontier Metropolis, a clothing brand started by 2 guys based in Calgary. $5.75 from each shirt sold goes to the Red Cross Flood Fund.


And last but not least… If you live in or around Calgary and want to keep tabs on all the fundraisers that will be happening check out the Calgary Culture website. They’re put together a list of artist driven flood relief fundraisers and are adding to it everyday!


There are so many heart warming stories coming out of this tragedy. So many volunteers and people doing whatever they can to help out. I LOVE ALBERTA!

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