150,000 Tickets Sold For Toronto SARS Benefit

The star-studded Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert sold a record 150,000 tickets in its first day of sales, according to Ticketmaster Canada. The event's main sponsor, Molson Canadian, also sa

The star-studded Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert sold a record 150,000 tickets in its first day of sales, according to Ticketmaster Canada. The event's main sponsor, Molson Canadian, also said that sales to U.S. fans for the July 30 concert at Downsview Park were "well ahead of expectations." As previously reported, the event will feature the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Justin Timberlake, the newly added Rush, the Guess Who, Flaming Lips and Kathleen Edwards, among others.

Tickets, priced at CDN $21.50 (US $16) plus service charges, went on sale Friday (June 27) at all Ticketmaster outlets. Grocery chain A&P has purchased 240,000 tickets at full price, which they will sell at stores in Ontario and the U.S. beginning this week.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has also tentatively agreed to broadcast a one-hour edition of the concert worldwide.

The concert is in response to the large economic impact SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) has wrought on the city's economy, particularly the tourism and hospitality sectors. One dollar from every ticket sold will go toward the Health Care and Hospitality Workers Relief Fund. SARS has resulted in 39 deaths in the greater Toronto area.