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News on Toronto, Freedom Concert, Yoakam

KrallDiana Krall and Jann Arden have been added to the Concert for Toronto, set for June 21. Krall will perform at the Air Canada Centre with Arden, Sarah McLachlan, Remy Shand, and Glenn Lewis. Performers at the Skydome include Sum 41, Avril Lavigne, Our Lady Peace, Barenaked Ladies, Tragically Hip, and Swollen Members. As previously reported, 70,000 tickets for the event were sold in three hours.

The Concert for Toronto was conceptualized as a means to battle the city's tourism and economic problems in the wake of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which has caused more than 30 deaths in the Toronto area.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

KenKenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels, Darryl Worley, Chris Cagle, and Rebecca Lynn Howard will honor members of the U.S. military tomorrow (June 11) in Tampa, Fla. Open only to active and retired military personnel and their guests, the Freedom Concert at the St. Pete Times Forum will be attended by Gen. Tommy Franks, who was in charge of the U.S.-led coalition in the war in Iraq.

The concert will be broadcast commercial-free internationally via Armed Forces Radio. A tape-delayed broadcast of the event will air later on Armed Forces TV.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DwightDwight Yoakam will on June 24 release "Population Me" as the first album on his own Electrodisc Records label.
As previously reported, the label will be distributed by Nashville-based Audium Records, a Koch-owned company. First single "The Back of Your Hand" was recently serviced to U.S. country radio stations for airplay consideration.

Yoakam, who recently wrapped a U.S. acoustic tour, will likely perform the single during a June 18 appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." On June 25 he'll be in Clio, Mich., to kick off an extensive tour that will stretch into the fall. For full information, visit his official Web site.

Tonight (June 10), Yoakam will be in Los Angeles for the premiere of "Hollywood Homicide," in which he co-stars opposite Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett. The Columbia Pictures film opens Friday in U.S. theaters.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.