CBC.ca to webcast Stones concert

Arts News

TORONTO - CBC.ca has secured exclusive worldwide rights to broadcast the Rolling Stones-SARS benefit concert over the Web.

Canadian and international viewers with Internet access will be able to watch the event, which takes place July 30 from approximately noon to midnight EDT.

"We are delighted to bring this remarkable event to CBC.ca visitors both at home and around the world," said Claude Galipeau, executive director of CBC New Media.

"By webcasting this major event ... we are ensuring that almost every Canadian plus a multitude of international visitors can share in the excitement of this incredible concert experience."

The coverage will include at least one song from each performance, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with performers and event VIPs, audience reaction and special Web-based features exclusive to CBC.ca.

The live webcast will be available in Windows Media format, in both high- and low-bandwidth versions, at cbc.ca/torontorocks.

CBC-TV, Radio-Canada, and CBC Radio One will air the two-hour special Toronto Rocks, from 9 to 11 p.m. EDT on July 30. CBC Newsworld and RDI will report live from Downsview Park throughout the day.

Besides headliners The Rolling Stones, performers include AC/DC, Rush, The Guess Who, Kathleen Edwards, The Isley Brothers, Blue Rodeo, The Tea Party, Justin Timberlake and The Have Love Will Travel Revue, featuring James Belushi and concert host Dan Aykroyd.

More than 400,000 people are expected to attend.

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