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'Hell or High Water': Listen to the unofficial Alberta floods anthem

Monday, July 1, 2013, 6:19 PM - 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 that the Calgary Stampede might not go ahead because of flood damage. The phrase soon took off in Calgary and later adorned T-shirts for Stampede flood relief.

The catch phrase 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.

David Pierce, an Emmy-Award-winner and producer of the upcoming Grandstand Show, was sent the song and arranged it in Calgary.

"When I first heard the song I was blown away,'' Pierce said. "It was inspirational. It was like an anthem for the spirit of Calgary and southern Alberta.''

Pierce then recruited a studio band in Calgary and backup vocalists The Young Canadians, a changing group of students who are taught each year in singing and dancing at Stampede Park and who have been performing for more than 44 years at the Grandstand Show.

In the busy days of rehearsals leading up to the Stampede the group completed the entire song in just 48 hours.

The group has allowed it to be downloaded for free from the event's website.

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