Race Against Time
Toronto will definitely host the Canadian leg of the Live8 show. The question now is where.
Concert creator Bob Geldof has confirmed the G.T.A. has been added to the list of cities staging one of the worldwide shows, along with Tokyo and Johannesburg.
The Nobel Prize winning activist and musician insists the official announcement will be made on Friday.
With that mystery solved, the only real remaining concerns about the show are the where and the who.
The concerts to forgive poor countries their debt and end poverty are scheduled to take place at sites around the world on July 2nd. And time is running out to set everything up.
Canada’s contribution was originally supposed to be held in Ottawa, but that city was forced to pull out over crowd control concerns.
That left Toronto, a destination that√≠s now been all but confirmed by Geldof.
A decision on possibly using either the Amphitheatre or Downsview Park as a location for the big show was supposed to come Thursday.
But now everyone involved is pulling back. “I think we’re very close to an announcement,” admits Philip Maher of World Vision, one of the charity groups involved in the show. But so far, no one√≠s heard from promoter Michael Cohl, and everything√≠s on hold until they do.
“Until we get official word – until he tells us what’s going on for sure, because he’s the one organizing the talent, he’s the one organizing the venue,” Maher cautions. “There’s no question that … an announcement is imminent. But when exactly, we just don’t know at this point.”
Sneak peaks at the line-up have already been floated, with one spokesperson calling it √¨spectacular√Æ.
Among those rumoured to hit the stage: the Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden and Our Lady Peace. Reps for Billy Talent have already confirmed the group has been invited and will be there √± wherever √´there√≠ is.
Cohl√≠s involvement has also led to the very real possibility that the Rolling Stones could top the bill, since they√≠ll be in town rehearsing for their world tour.
Downsview may be the logical choice for the concert but not the logistical one. The park is scheduled to hold Canada Day celebrations the day before the world show, and there’s no guarantee the venue would be ready on time.
Live 8 Concert Line-up
(Palais des Versailles)
Crosby Stills and Nash
Die Toten Hosen
(Museum of Art)
Dave Matthews Band
Race Against Time