Park Place in Barrie, Ontario, will host the Canadian edition of Live 8. The July 2nd concert at the former Molson Park will feature a who's who of the Canadian music scene as well as some popular American artists. Musicians confirmed to play include Simple Plan, Bryan Adams, the Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace, Gordon Lightfoot, Great Big Sea, the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Billy Talent, Jann Arden, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Tegan & Sara, Bruce Cockburn, and Tom Cochrane. Celine Dion will perform via live broadcast from Las Vegas. Also set to appear are heavy rockers Deep Purple and Mˆtley Cr¸e.
Canadian comedians Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green will host the event, which is being held the same day as concerts in Tokyo, Johannesburg, Rome, London, Berlin, Paris, and Philadelphia. The concerts aim to pressure G8 leaders to eliminate global poverty.
The concert's promoter, Michael Cohl, represents the Rolling Stones and was a major player behind Toronto's 2003 SARS benefit concert. That event attracted 400,000 fans wanting to see the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and a host of others perform.
Writer: Trent McMartin