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Ottawa eyed for Live 8 gig
Concert would follow Canada Day bashes
By JESSICA HALLAM - Ottawa Sun
OTTAWA - This year's Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill could be followed by Live 8 on July 2.
Although unconfirmed, it was reported yesterday that Parliament Hill will be included in the group of venues that will host Live 8 concerts to bring awareness to worldwide poverty.
"Together we're looking at where's the best venue and, as more people jump on board ... figure out what the best combination of possibilities are," World Vision spokeswoman Sharon Marshall told the Sun last night.
"Today the number of incoming calls into the group organizing has increased and the enthusiasm is increasing," she said, adding World Vision, the charity group trying to organize the event, is in heavy negotiations with artists, venues, sponsors and the Live Aid organization.
She wouldn't confirm reports that Bryan Adams, the Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden and Our Lady Peace would be included in the lineup."
The concerts are being held just days before leaders from the world's richest countries meet in England for a G8 conference.
London, Paris, Berlin, Philadelphia and Rome were already confirmed as venues earlier this week by Bob Geldof, who founded the hugely successful Live Aid concerts in 1985.
The Live 8 concerts will all have free admission and the artists will be donating their time. Corporate sponsors will cover other costs.
This year's concerts fall 20 years after Live Aid, which raised millions of dollars for famine-stricken Ethiopia.
Marshall said that the difference between Live Aid and Live 8 concerts is its purpose. The purpose of this year's events has evolved into a political statement, from that of a simple fundraiser.
"It's a coalition ... to cancel the debt to poor countries, to create fair-trade rules and to find ways to end child poverty," she said.
City Coun. Diane Deans would like to keep the Canada Day celebrations alive with the Live 8 gig.
"It just keeps that many more people in the capital for another day," said Deans.
- With files from Derek Puddicombe/CP