08/16/2013 10:39 EDT | Updated 10/16/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta flood relief concert raises $1.5M

A star-studded outdoor concert, featuring acts including Nickelback and Jann Arden, on a rare balmy night in Calgary raised at least $1.5 million for flood relief in Alberta.

More than 30,000 people attended the Alberta Flood Aid concert — the biggest in the city's history — at McMahon Stadium.

Besides How You Remind Me rock band Nickelback, which was formed in Alberta, and I Would Die For You singer Arden, who was born in Calgary, taking to the stage were Loverboy, Tom Cochrane, Matthew Good and many other stars.

The funds raised will go into The Calgary Foundation's Flood Rebuilding Fund, with money funnelled to several organizations helping flood victims across southern Alberta.

Comedian Brent Butt hosted the event, which started when Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi thanked the legions of volunteers who helped in the flood’s aftermath.

"That citizen covered in mud, and mosquito bites, cut and scraped and bruised, saving the home of someone she doesn't even know. Let's hear it for every single volunteer. Thank you all," he told the crowd.