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- Posted on Feb 22nd 2010 12:30PM by Joshua Ostroff
Kornfeld, who notably didn't participate in the '94 and '99 revivals, is hitching his Woodstock wagon to the train of socially-conscious Montreal artist David Kam who wanted to add a musical component to the Earthship Summit, his upcoming environmental event coinciding with the G20 summit in Toronto in late June.
Initially, Imagine was also going to run concurrently with the G20, but the police were too taxed with protecting world leaders to man the gates at a music festival. So the fest has been pushed back to July 10 and 11 and Kornfeld expects over a million "dreamers" to attend and is hoping to broadcast the awareness-raising concert to a worldwide audience of 300 million.
The concert will take place in Downsview Park, which previously held 450,000 people for 2003's SARSstock concert featuring Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, Flaming Lips and Justin Timberlake. (The previous year 800,000 squeezed onto the former Air Force base to see Pope John Paul).
Organizers have already reduced their ambitious plans to two days from the "three days of peace and music" that marked previous Woodstocks. Though no acts have been confirmed, there are reportedly ongoing discussions with Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters and Lady Gaga. Major headliners, prices and other details are expected to be revealed in mid-March.
Though the idea of changing the world through music may seem dated, Kornfield told the Globe&Mail, "The world is now in an even deeper position than the Cold War and Vietnam. There's trouble in every country...this is a chance to give hope, and who'll do it if not the old Woodstockers?"