Fort Mac… She’s coming back!

Homegrown musician Amy Hef performs this weekend

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

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Homegrown pop artist Amy Hef performs at East Village Pub and Eatery on July 29 and July 30. Supplied photo.

Pop artist Amy Hef is making her way back to Fort McMurray to put on a weekend show for the first time since the wildfire.

Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Fort McMurray, Hef (also known as Heffernan) has been commuting between Calgary and Los Angeles for her music career. And though the songwriter has been busy working her way to the top of the international music scene, she still calls Northern Alberta, home.

“I’ve always considered Fort McMurray home,” she said. “It’s where I grew up, and where my parents still live. I have a lot of close friends here.”

When the May wildfire broke out, Hef said she thinks the rest of the world got a better understanding of the real place Fort McMurray is.

“I think people who had never been to Fort McMurray got a little glimpse of how it is an actual community and not just a place to work,” she said. “People have made it their home, some have been there all of their lives and many coming from elsewhere who come to work, but end up staying because it is a great place to live. There is obviously a long hard road to get back to normal, but I have no doubt that the city will recover and be better than ever.”

The two-day performance will take place on July 29 and July 30 at East Village Pub and Eatery from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hef is looking forward to seeing her many loved ones and inspiring the community with music.

“I’m really looking forward to playing EVP this weekend,” Hef said of her upcoming performance. “I haven’t been up since the fire and have a lot of people I want to hug. Everyone has been through a lot in the last few months and if I can help make it a fun, happy night, then I’m doing my job right. The support over the years, for me to be able to follow my dreams and get to play music for a living, from this city has always been overwhelming and am so grateful… Now, it’s my turn to help give support back.”

– Connect Weekly –