Seventy-thousand tickets were sold in three hours yesterday afternoon (May 29) for the Concert for Toronto, featuring Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace, and Barenaked Ladies. The

Seventy-thousand tickets were sold in three hours yesterday afternoon (May 29) for the Concert for Toronto, featuring Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace, and Barenaked Ladies. As previously reported, the June 21 event 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 29 deaths in the Toronto area.

The Concert for Toronto will feature McLachlan, Remy Shand, Glenn Lewis, and other unconfirmed artists performing at the Air Canada Centre, while Sum 41, Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace and the Tragically Hip will perform at the adjacent Skydome.

A video link between the two venues will enable fans to witness the entire concert as acts alternate at each venue. More artists will be added, with Neil Young and Shania Twain being possible additions and actors Jim Carrey and Mike Myers as rumored hosts.

In related news, singer/songwriter Richard Thompson cancelled his Toronto date Wednesday due to SARS. No make-up date has been scheduled, although Thompson is slated to return to Toronto July 27 as part of the Toronto Star Bluesfest.

Staind, Billy Joel, Elton John, Michelle Branch, Concrete Blonde, Styx, and Kelly Clarkson are some of the musicians who have cancelled Toronto appearances due to the disease.

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