The 13-hour musical event, called “Out of the Storm,” took place in Goderich Saturday. Performers included prominent Canadian recording artists like Serena Ryder and Matthew Good.
All funds raised through ticket sales will be matched by the Ontario governmant and go to the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund, which is helping uninsured and underinsured residents get back on their feet.
Goderich was devastated by an F3 tornado in August. Much of the historic and picturesque town was destroyed, along with dozens of homes.
The town has begun to rebuild, and the mood at Saturday's event was optimistic, said co-organizer Matt Hoy.
“We're celebrating Thanksgiving, we're celebrating what we have left in our community, what we have to look forward to,” he said.
Hoy was in Toronto the day the tornado struck but remembers the frantic phone calls from his children.
The family's home was badly damaged, “But it's just a house,” Hoy said. “I have my family, we have our community. There are far more important things.”
With files from Lyndsay Morrison