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INDEPTH: SARS BENEFIT CONCERT
A place in history: How the SARS benefit stacks up
CBC News Online | July 29, 2003

With 450,000 people crammed into Downsview Park, Toronto's SARS benefit concert ranked as one of the biggest benefit concerts in history, and one of the largest single-day concerts ever. Here are some other mass gatherings:

Monterey Pop Festival (1967)
Monterey, Calif.
Three-day rock concert featuring 32 bands. Attended by 200,000.

Woodstock (1969)
Bethel, N.Y.
300,000 to 500,000 people took over a farmer's field in upstate New York for this three-day music festival.

Farm Aid (1985)
Champaign, Ill.
80,000 people took in the one-day benefit, which raised over $7 million US for America's family farms. It's now an annual event.

Live Aid (1985)
Benefit concert to raise money for victims of famine in Ethiopia. 72,000 people at Wembley Stadium in England were video-linked to 90,000 at JFK stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. and 500 million television sets worldwide. The benefit concert was viewed by a global audience estimated at 1.5 billion.

Net Aid (1999)
New York, Geneva, U.K. and online
A rock benefit organized by Cisco Systems and the United Nations to fight global poverty. The multi–venue concert was viewed online by 2.5 million people, and broadcast on television in 60 countries and on radio in 132 nations. It drew 80,000 at Wembley stadium, considerably fewer at Giants Stadium in New Jersey and 1,200 in Geneva.

World Youth Day - Papal Mass (2002)
Toronto, On
800,000 Catholic pilgrims joined Pope John Paul II for mass at Downsview Park. Economic spinoffs were estimated at $300 million.




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CONCERT LINEUP:
Afternoon:
» Jann Arden
» Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd & Have Love Will Travel Revue
» Sam Roberts
» Kathleen Edwards
» La Chicane
» Tea Party
» Flaming Lips
» Sass Jordan (with special guest Jeff Healey)
» Isley Brothers
» Blue Rodeo

Evening:
» Belushi & Aykroyd
» Justin Timberlake
» The Guess Who
» Rush
» AC/DC
» Rolling Stones

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