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Sam Roberts, Sarah Slean in NY Sandy fundraiser

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Slean Sarah Slean to share songwriting tips and stories in Superstorm Sandy fundraiser. (Canadian Press)

A group of Canadian musicians take to the stage of New York performance venue Joe's Pub on Thursday to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. Montreal rock Sam Roberts, piano diva Sarah Slean and Brooklyn-born, Toronto-based Marc Jordan are taking part in the one-night-only Songwriters' Circle of music and conversation.

It's been four months since Superstorm Sandy hit New York, New Jersey and the Eastern seaboard, destroying hundreds of homes and flooding low-lying areas. There have been several significant Sandy benefit concerts involving the likes of Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, but thousands of ordinary people are still waiting for compensation so they can rebuild. There have been complaints that some of the hastily created Sandy charities are slow to release money.

Still, as How I Met Your Mother reminds us weekly, Canadians have a reputation in New York for being nice. And so many high-profile celebs flocked to the initial fundraisers, there was little chance for Canuck involvement. At $25 US to see all these artists, New Yorkers are getting a bargain. And it's a grim reminder that the work of cleaning up after this storm is far from over. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.

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