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Avril, Sum 41, Sarah McLachlan Set For Toronto SARS Benefit

Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, and Sarah McLachlan are just a few of the artists who will help their home country of Canada, and especially the city of Toronto, by performing a benefit concert at Toronto’s Skydome and Air Canada Centre on Saturday (June 21).

Canada is the only country outside of Asia which has had any SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) related deaths. Fear of the disease has cost Canada, and in particular Toronto, millions in tourist dollars. The concert’s promoters hope the event will boost the city’s economy and serve as a symbol to the rest of the world that Toronto is a safe place to visit.

Other confirmed acts for the show include Diana Krall, Barenaked Ladies, the Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, Glenn Lewis, and Remy Shand.

The two venues-which can hold more than 70,000 people combined-will be linked via video screens so fans can see the performances at both cites.

In recent weeks, many acts, including Staind, Billy Joel and Elton John, Hall & Oates, Styx, Lisa Marie Presley, Kelly Clarkson, and Michelle Branch have cancelled performances in Toronto because of SARS.

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