Stones Toronto Show A Benefit, Not A Freebie
With today's (June 24) official confirmation of a massive Rolling Stones concert in Toronto came the news that the event will not be free. The July 30 show -- which will also feature an eclectic lineuWith today's (June 24) official confirmation of a massive Rolling Stones concert in Toronto came the news that the event will not be free. The July 30 show -- which will also feature an eclectic lineup including veteran Canadian rock act Guess Who, Australian hard rock group AC/DC and U.S. pop star Justin Timberlake -- will carry the inexpensive price tag of $21.50 CAN ($16 U.S.).
Net proceeds from the concert, dubbed Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto, will benefit the newly created Health Care and Hospitality Workers Relief Fund. Additionally, $1 from each ticket sold will be automatically directed to the fund.
Others on the bill are Sam Roberts, the Flaming Lips, Kathleen Edwards, the Isley Brothers, Sass Jordan and La Chicane. The show will be hosted by actor/musicians Dan Akroyd and Jim Belushi. TGA Entertainment representative Steve Howard, speaking on behalf of Rolling Stones tour promoter Michael Cohl, said two to three other acts would be added to the concert.
The location for the eight-hour event will be Downview Park, a former airfield north of downtown Toronto. Last year the site hosted an estimated 800,000 for a visit by Pope John Paul II.
Tickets will go on sale Friday (June 27) through Ticketmaster Canada and Ticketmaster in the U.S. In addition, grocery chain A&P will sell an allotment of tickets through its local Toronto stores beginning next week.
As reported yesterday, the outdoor show is aimed at giving the city an economic boost in the wake of the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak earlier in the year.
"Let this be the biggest invasion of Americans to Canada since the War of 1812," Canadian Federal Finance Minister John Manley said. Molson Breweries president Dan O'Neil encouraged other companies in the city to give workers the afternoon of the concert off.
"Our goal is to showcase Toronto to the world and put tourism in Ontario firmly back on the road to recovery," Ontario's Minister of Tourism and Recreation Brian Coburn said. "Events like this, along with our hugely successful Concert for Toronto this past weekend, are providing Toronto with more events for thousands of residents and visitors to enjoy."
The Rolling Stones have used Toronto as the site of rehearsals for its last three world tours and performed three shows in the city last year, including a small venue show at Palais Royale. The group will take a brief break from its European tour after a July 27 stop in Prague. The tour will continue in Europe on Aug. 8 in Hanover, Germany.
AC/DC recently supported the Stones on a series of European shows. Timberlake, on tour with Christina Aguilera, will perform at Toronto's Air Canada Centre the night before and the night after Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto.