Credit: Timothy WhiteAlberta, Canada, you’ve got a friend in James Taylor. The singer/songwriter has announced that proceeds from his two upcoming shows in the province, on June 7 in Edmonton and June 8 in Calgary, will be donated to Canadian Red Cross to aid those affected by the devastating wildfires in the Fort McMurray area.

Taylor says in a statement, “It’s clear that this is a catastrophe for Alberta and many of its residents. It’s just impossible to ignore. I can’t imagine what the families of Alberta are going through right now and I saw this as an opportunity to help in some way. I’m hoping that this donation will make a difference and that others are inspired to join in lending a helping hand.”

According to The Canadian Press, which interviewed Taylor, he decided to make the concerts benefit shows after discussing the idea with his Canadian manager, Sam Feldman, on Friday as he was en route to Ottawa that day for the first Canadian date of his current North American tour.

“You just don’t want to think of profiting at a time like this,” Taylor maintains to The Canadian Press. “It’s a time when something better can be done with the money.”

The fires, which started last week, have displaced more than 80,000 residents in the Fort McMurray area. The Canadian Press reports forest fire officials estimate that completely extinguishing the blaze could take months. The wildfires have spread through an area of more than 770 square miles in Northern Alberta.

Taylor, who has participated in many charity shows over the years, notes, “It’s a feeling…of community that happens at a concert that is so compelling…It’s kind of a spiritual thing. It’s the closest I get to church.”

James’ current tour is in support of his chart-topping 2015 album, Before This World. The trek is mapped out all the way through an August 3 concert at Boston’s Fenway Park. Here are all of his upcoming North American shows:

5/10 — London, ON, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
5/12 — Kingston, ON, Canada, Rogers K-Rock Centre
5/13 — Montreal, QC, Canada, Centre Bell
5/15 — Saint John, NB, Canada, Harbour Station
5/16 — Summerside, PE, Canada, Credit Union Place
5/17 — Halifax, NS, Canada, Scotiabank Centre
5/20 — St. John’s, NL, Canada, Mile One Center
5/21 — St. John’s, NL, Canada, Mile One Center
5/28 — Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
5/29 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Arena
5/31 — Mankato, MN, Verizon Wireless Center
6/1 — Duluth, MN, AMSOIL Arena
6/3 — Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
6/4 — Fargo, ND, FargoDome
6/7 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
6/8 — Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
6/10 — Victoria, BC, Canada, Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
6/11 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
6/18 — San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
6/19 — Tucson, AZ, Tucson Arena at the Tucson Convention Center
6/21 — El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
6/22 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
6/24 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
6/25 — Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
6/27 — Springfield, MO, JQH Arena
6/28 — Council Bluffs, IA, Mid-America Center
6/30 — Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field (with Jackson Browne)
7/3 — Lenox, MA, Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood
7/4 — Lenox, MA, Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood
7/12 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
7/13 — Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
7/15 — Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
7/16 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
7/18 — Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
7/20 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
7/21 — Salt Lake City, UT, Maverik Center
7/23 — Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
7/24 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
7/26 — Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
7/27 — Dayton, OH, Nutter Center
7/29 — Binghamton, NY, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
7/30 — Syracuse, NY, Oncenter War Memorial Arena
8/1 — Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
8/3 — Boston, MA, Fenway Park (with Jackson Browne)

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