Hell and high water can't drown Calgary's resilience or its annual Stampede, came the message from authorities last week, and now the old cliché has inspired Canadian musicians to write songs about the worst flood in the province's history.
Social media users adopted the phrase and the Stampede began to sell T-Shirts bearing the slogan to support flood relief. Martel recorded Hell or High Water with The Young Canadians and is offering it as a free download online.
He told the Canadian Press he hopes the song and the Stampede help Calgary residents stay strong as they rebuild.
Martel isn't the only artist using music as a remedy. Blake Reid, a country musician from Cremona, Alta., also wrote a song entitled Hell or High Water that's received some attention since he posted it online last week. Naheed Nenshi retweeted a link to the videoRead More »from Hell or High Water: Alberta flooding inspires musical tributes to resilience