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Neil Young to back fight against oilsands with benefit concerts –

Diana Krall to join rocker in support of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Dec 09, 2013

Legendary Canadian rocker Neil Young is hosting four benefit concerts in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in its fight against further oilsands development.

Proceeds from the concerts, to be held in January in Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary, will be donated to the band’s legal defence fund.

A spokeswoman for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation says that Young has agreed to donate 100 per cent of ticket sales. Tickets go on sale starting Tuesday.

Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall will also perform on each of the dates.

The First Nation is gearing up for a major legal fight after the federal government approved Shell Canada’s Jackpine mine expansion on Friday despite an environmental assessment that said the development will cause irreversible environmental damage.

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