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    Looks to be the biggest concert in the world this year. Pearl Jam? Radiohead? U2? Rage Against the Machine? Can anyone think of any other "Green" friendly headliners for this...

    And yes, I dare say it, Pink Floyd? Led Zeppelin? Okay, now I'm dreaming but this is gonna be huge.


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    http://imagineconcert.com/info/en/aboutus.php



    Woodstock's 40th anniversary concert fell through last year, but that won't stop one of its creators from staging what sounds like a monstrous festival at Toronto's Downsview Park this summer.

    The Imagine Music & Arts Festival, which is inspired by John Lennon's song of the same name and his message of peace and love along with 1969's original Woodstock Festival, will be staged at Downsview Park for three days this summer.

    Imagine's website describes the festival as "Woodstock for the Green Generation." it's being organized to coincide with the Earthship Summit, an environmental meet-up that aims to challenge the G8 meeting this June and argue that world leaders are not doing enough to stem climate change or promote green initiatives.

    According to Torontoist, the Imagine Music & Arts Festival organizers hope to attract up to 350,000 people each day to Downsview Park for the event, which their website says will be broadcast to 300 million people at 200 theatres across North America.

    Torontoist reports half the profits will go to the Red Cross, Amnesty International and Save The Children. The website says organizers are also hoping to get guest speakers like Bono. This sounds bazonkersish huge.

    The Imagine Music & Arts Festival is being organized by Artie Kornfield, who was one of the people behind the original Woodstock and artist David Kam. The three-day event will divide its programming into themes centred on peace, poverty and our planet. The first day will include a tribute to John Lennon, the second will honour Jimi Hendrix and the third will spotlight The Beatles.

    No artists have been announced for the Imagine Music & Arts Festival yet, but organizers want all the performers to "reflect the spirit of the Earthship Summit." Basically, this means green musicians.

    U2 are a blatantly obvious choice.

    Given that Radiohead are absolutely massive, they've supported green initiatives with their touring, Thom Yorke has spoken out against climate change repeatedly in the past, and the organizers clearly want this to be a gigantasaurus event, they seem like another good selection to play at least one day of this thing.

    In 2008, Canadian artists including Hawksley Workman, K-OS, members of Billy Talent, the Barenaked Ladies, Three Days Grace and Broken Social Scene recorded a song called "You Have A Choice" to garner support for green policies before the 2008 Canadian federal election. They seem like good choices, as well.

    The Rolling Stones, Fall Out Boy, Keane, Kaiser Chiefs, Jack Johnson and The Killers contributed songs to a Rhythm Del Mundo compilation dubbed Classics, which sent its proceeds to Artists Project Earth. It raises money and awareness about climate change and natural disasters.

    All of those artists are huge, and even though Fall Out Boy are on hiatus — um, excuse me, break — I think it'd be a good excuse for them to at least play a one-off gig.

    More information about the Imagine Music & Arts Festival should be announced shortly.

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    meh
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    You know a festival is in the process of dying when you start to see sports jerseys there....

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    Default Re: Woodstock Toronto. 350,000 people/day expected

    This is going to be a mess.

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    And I just might be there. Paging frozen pilgrim ........ cr*****
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    Default Re: Woodstock Toronto. 350,000 people/day expected

    Even if jay-z is there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimesceneCookie View Post
    Even if jay-z is there?
    I would have to ponder that I am thinking there would be a good conflict anyway. cr*****
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    RATM? Canada? Im there!
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    Fuck this sounds huge...I'm down to go up north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulb View Post
    RATM? Canada? Im there!
    Paul, Pilgrim lives there cr*****
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    To attract that many people it's going to have to have the shittiest lineup known to man.
    The Woodstock promoters do not, did not and will never know what they're doing.

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    Right. If this thing actually happens, and that's a big if considering their track record, the lineup will be more along the lines of:

    Hawksley Workman, K-OS, members of Billy Talent, the Barenaked Ladies, Three Days Grace

    Fall Out Boy, Keane, Kaiser Chiefs, Jack Johnson and The Killers
    i.e. not Radiohead. And the Rolling Stones already said no touring in 2010...this article has poor research at best and obvious keyword whoring at worst.
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    I'm going for Billy Talent. Well worth it.
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    Default Re: Woodstock Toronto. 350,000 people/day expected

    im down

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    I will keep my eye on this
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    From the link http://imagineconcert.com/info/en/aboutus.php

    there are about 5 worth seeing in here...maybe they'll get a few...maybe not

    Here are some of the artists signed or promoted or developed by Artie Kornfeld:

    Sheryl Crow
    Sarah McLachlan
    Jack Johnson
    Bruce Springsteen
    Tracy Chapman
    Melissa Etheridge
    Extreme
    Edie Brickell
    Vanilla Ice
    Kix
    Sass Jordan
    Nuclear Valdez
    Davy Jones John Fogerty
    Santana
    Steve Perry
    Kiss
    Neil Young
    Bonnie Raitt
    Tom Petty
    Survivor
    Pink Floyd
    Aerosmith
    The Band
    Blondie


    Alice Cooper
    Paul Cotton
    Michelle Shoked
    Joe Cocker
    ZZ Top
    Marshall Tucker
    Greg Allman Band
    Ratt
    Vixon
    Steel Heart
    Asia
    TNT
    The Cowsills
    J. Giles Band
    Roger Miller
    Linda Ronstadt
    Alanis Morissette
    Lou Rawls
    Mandrill
    Jimmy Castor
    George Segal
    Tragically Hip
    April Wine
    Joe South
    Queensryche
    Depeche Mode
    Quiet Riot
    Eddie Money
    Patti Griffin
    Triumph
    The Left Banke
    Bert Sommer
    Bob Seger
    Felony
    Billy Joel
    Wilson Phillips
    '99-'11...

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    Default Re: Woodstock Toronto. 350,000 people/day expected

    what sounds fun about dealing with 349,999 other people all in one place? nothing.

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    I'd rather eat my own toes that go to this mess
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    A Wilson Phillips reunion would get me up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    what sounds fun about dealing with 349,999 other people all in one place? nothing.
    I would go just because there was that many people. Sometimes you just go for it. This will probably be a bust though or all the bands I want to see were holding out for this .... cr*****
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    350 k sounds pretty fuckin nuts .. but sounds like a good excuse for a fat road trip from california. Its one of those things youve gotta experience at least just once in your lifetime.

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    Default Re: Woodstock Toronto. 350,000 people/day expected

    you would think they would have a more tidy website..

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    like..it's pretty fuckin sloppy for such a "big event"...

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    this has massive fail written all over.
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    In terms of the artists they book, I'm expecting this to be somewhat similar in style to those Live 8 shows of a years ago. If they pull anything on the scale of the London Hyde Park show lineup then I could definitely live with this.

    Coldplay, Elton John, Joss Stone, Keane, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Paul McCartney, Pete Doherty, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., Razorlight, Robbie Williams, Scissor Sisters, Snoop Dogg, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Sting, The Killers, The Who, Travis, U2, UB40, Velvet Revolver, Youssou N'Dour

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    One thing's for sure, this doesn't look to be just a rock concert, but will be peppered with "pop" acts as well.

    If that means Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z I'm fine with it.

    But if it means Celine Dion, Nickelback, Simple Plan then I'm staying home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boourns View Post
    i.e. not Radiohead. And the Rolling Stones already said no touring in 2010...this article has poor research at best and obvious keyword whoring at worst.
    Agreed, Rolling Stones is probably not happening for this. U2+Rogers Waters performing The Wall on the other hand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by the choice cat View Post
    350 k sounds pretty fuckin nuts .. but sounds like a good excuse for a fat road trip from california. Its one of those things youve gotta experience at least just once in your lifetime.
    you really don't...
    If everyone there was on acid, like '69, then yeah absolutely.
    But it will be more like 350K drunk assholes and a whole lot of chaos, if it's even possible to get numbers like that now.

    We already have established dream festivals going on worldwide, stick to the pros who have been doing them every year for a long time.

    plus I bet there will be at least 2 dozen autotune rappers on the lineup.
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    srsly, some of those people listed above are dead, eh. I've seen 12 of the acts. I bet Ron has seen at least 25.
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    Default Re: Woodstock Toronto. 350,000 people/day expected

    I'm sure many of those artists aren't showing up.

    Three Days Grace means I won't be near that! If you don't know them count yourselves lucky. I don't know if they've made it out of Canada. I hope not.

    You'd have to go all the way to Toronto? nah.

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    I love how the article says U2 is a blatantly obvious choice.

    Right, because the 360 tour with the giant claw production as about as environmental friendly as tours get.

    This looks to be a disaster.

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