Leading Canadian acts and Sting are among the artists planning benefit events for the relief effort in the wake of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Leading Canadian acts and Sting are among the artists planning benefit events for the relief effort in the wake of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Clear Channel Entertainment will produce the Concert for Tsunami Relief in Vancouver on Jan. 29 at the GM Place, Billboard.biz has learned. Hosted by Rick Mercer, the event, which will be announced tomorrow, will feature Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida, Delerium, Sarah McLachlan and others. Tickets go on sale Jan. 8.

Other benefit projects from CCE are in the planning stages and will be announced in the coming days, sources say.

Sting will play a concert to benefit the relief efforts Feb. 10 at the Leeuwin Estate Winery in Perth, Australia. The benefit will precede two sold-out Sting shows booked at the 6,000-capacity venue for Feb. 12 and 13.

The artist had been set to play Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim beginning Jan. 10 in Singapore as part of his Sacred Love tour. A Feb. 9 date in Sri Lanka has been canceled.

The tour and Sting's upcoming Broken Music small-venue outing are produced by TNA International, the touring division of Clear Channel Entertainment.

The Canadian and Sting benefits are among the most high-profile of projects scheduled to raise funds for the stricken areas of Asia and Africa.

Willie Nelson will headline a benefit Jan. 9 at the 3,000-capacity Austin Music Hall. Patty Griffin, Spoon, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo and others are also among those scheduled to perform. The event will benefit the American Red Cross, UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders.

In the United Kingdom, Sir Cliff Richard, Russell Watson, Boy George and Robin Gibb are banding together to release a song to raise funds for the relief effort.

The song, "Grief Never Grows Old," was written by composer/broadcaster Mike Read and will be produced by Steve Levine (Beach Boys, Culture Club, Stevie Wonder). Recording and production are scheduled for the week of Jan. 14.

Universal Music U.K. is in discussions with Read for funding and distribution of the single. Funds raised will benefit the Disasters Emergency Committee.

A Jan. 12 event at Joe's Pub in New York -- featuring headliner MOP and host Remy Ma of Terror Squad along with PetelShot, Nervous System, SUM and others -- will benefit the American Red Cross International Response Fund. The show is being organized by the Bloom Effect, CJR Entertainment and Wildseed Communications.

Also in New York, Joel Simon, president of commercial music production company JSM, is offering performers free studio time to create charity records to aid victims of the tragedy.

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