James Taylor to give concert money to fire-ravaged Fort McMurray

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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, James Taylor performs at the Nearness of You concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Taylor posted on his website that his mother, Gertrude Woodard Taylor, died over the weekend on Martha's Vineyard. She was 92. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — James Taylor is using his music to help people evacuated from a huge wildfire in Canada.

The “Carolina in My Mind” singer has made two Alberta concerts next month into benefits. He says proceeds from tickets to his shows in Calgary on June 7 and Edmonton on June 8 will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. He says it’s a major national catastrophe and just impossible to ignore.

Taylor says the idea came from conversations with his Canadian manager Sam Feldman as he arrived for a 15-concert tour of Canadian cities over the next month.

More than 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray have been displaced by the fires, which began last week. Taylor has frequently participated in fundraising events.
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