Angela Kozak of ChartAttack.com is reporting that RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson is among the confirmed participants at the 8th Annual White Ribbon Concert, to be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at The Phoenix in Toronto. Also scheduled to appear are ALL SYSTEMS GO's lead vocalist and guitarist John Kastner, Jim Cuddy of BLUE RODEO, singer-songwriters Bruce Cockburn, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Slean and Emm Gryner and ALEXISONFIRE guitarist/vocalist Dallas Green, who will perform with singer Jully Black. NXNE's 2004 Fan Choice award winner SHAWN HEWITT AND THE NATIONAL STRIKE will start the evening off. More names will be announced shortly.
The all-ages concert will follow the traditional, cover-songs-only format, but there will be no house band — a change that one publicity agent "is sure to result in even more musical minglings than before."
Another change in this year's event will be the absence of the TEA PARTY's Jeff Martin. He was one of the White Ribbon Concert's main Toronto organizers, but this year he's letting some new blood run the show.
The first 100 NXNE 2005 wristband holders in line will be admitted free of charge. Otherwise, tickets for the event are $25 and go on sale on May 6, 2005 at The Phoenix Box Office, Rotate This, Soundscapes and through Ticketmaster.
For $75 a pop, VIP tickets entitle the bearer to goodie bags, free food, cocktails and better opportunities to meet the musicians. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the White Ribbon Campaign.
The White Ribbon Campaign was established in 1991 when a group of Canadian men decided to speak out against violence against women. It has since become the largest effort in the world of its kind. The white ribbon is a symbol of men's opposition to men's violence against women.