09/15/2011 10:28 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:10 EST

Concert held to ease library rebuilding efforts in scorched Alberta town

EDMONTON - A sold-out benefit concert has raised an estimated $150,000 to help a northern Alberta community ravaged by a wildfire restore an important public service.

Canadian country music star Paul Brandt was on the stage at Edmonton's Winspear Centre Wednesday night for the Up From The Ashes concert for Slave Lake.

Money raised from the event will be used to rebuild the Slave Lake regional library.

More than 14,000 people were forced from their homes when a forest fire tore into the town north of Edmonton in May, destroying at least a third of the community.

Three major sites are being cleared for the temporary housing, which is expected to help ease the burdens of the approximately 250 families still in search of somewhere to live.

Brandt, who was born in Airdrie, Alta., has just released his ninth album, called Give It Away, alongside a retrospective box set. (CHED)