Canada concerts cancelled due to floods

Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss, Bruno Mars, Tim Mcgraw and the Dixie Chicks have all cancelled concerts in Canada after severe floods hit Calgary.

Officials in the city declared a state of emergency last month as a result of heavy downpours, which caused major devastation throughout the area.

Calgary's Saddledome arena was badly hit by the floods, and venue bosses have been forced to call off a number of high-profile gigs as they begin the massive clean-up operation.

The concerts were part of a series held in connection with the annual Calgary Stampede, which has also been affected by the flood problems.

Stampede chief executive Vern Kimball says of the axed gigs, "We understand that this news is disappointing and we're disappointed too... It became evident late (on Monday) to the Stampede and the (venue bosses) that the services necessary for an acceptable concert experience just weren't available given the current status and limitations of the building.

"Given the size of the four shows, and that they're all intended for indoor setup with tailored effects and lighting, there was no feasible alternative to host any one of these shows at another Calgary venue during Stampede."

Organisers hope to reschedule the gigs.