Keys, Barenaked Ladies Rock For AIDS Conference

A star-studded lineup that includes Alicia Keys and the Barenaked Ladies will kick off the opening ceremonies for next month's International AIDS Conference in Toronto.

A star-studded lineup that includes Alicia Keys and the Barenaked Ladies will kick off the opening ceremonies for next month's International AIDS Conference in Toronto. Other performers who will take to the Rogers Centre stage on Aug. 13 to help open the conference will include Blue Man Group and Canadian artists Our Lady Peace, Amanda Marshall and Chantal Kreviazuk.

The program will begin with remarks from such luminaries as Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. It will conclude with a keynote address by Bill and Melinda Gates, whose charitable foundation supports a variety of HIV/AIDS programs, followed by a performance by Canadian opera star Measha Brueggergosman and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Proceeds from the concert will benefit several AIDS-related groups.

Other major participants slated to attend the Aug. 13-18 conference include former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, who is a UNAIDS special representative.

Besides the 25,000 tickets being given to conference delegates for the opening ceremony and concert, an additional 20,000 will be sold to the public.


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