STARS AGAINST SARS

The star are lined up to play a Toronto gig aimed at showing people it's safe to come to the city...

AVRIL LAVIGNE and Sum 41 are among a host of Canadian acts lining up to play a concert in TORONTO to try and show tourists it’s safe to come to CANADA despite the SARS outbreak.

Also appearing at the Toronto Skydome and adjacent Air Canada Center on June 21 will be Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies and Our Lady Peace.

Details of the event were announced yesterday (May 28) by Ontario cabinet ministers, CNN reports. The concert is aimed at trying to turn around the economic and tourism problems in the wake of the outbreak of the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus in the city, which has claimed 27 lives in the Toronto area.

“We want summer to start with a real bang, something that’s going to bring a lot of livelihood, rockin’ and poppin’ and all that,” Ontario cabinet minister Brian Coburn said.