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Global Citizen to Hold Benefit Concert in Montreal (Bono’s Coming)

On Saturday September 17, a benefit concert to help raise awareness about the fight against AIDS is happening at Montreal’s Bell Centre and the lineup features some pretty big acts. Those musicians include Usher, Half Moon Run, Metric, Grimes, and Charlotte Cardin. Plus, Bono and Bill Gates will also participate, although the U2 frontman’s exact role has not yet been announced.

According to the Montreal Gazette, “the event will take place the day after a one-day conference in Montreal, the Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria”.

The majority of the 12,000 tickets will be given away for free, but for the chance to win the tickets, there are five actions that fans will have to perform to support the cause. From the Montreal Gazette:

“These actions are:

  • Watching a video about ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and then taking a quiz on the video.
  • Leaving a voice mail for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying why you think it’s important for the government to support health and development.
  • Sending an email to world leaders asking them to help finance efforts to eradicate polio.
  • Signing a petition to support education for adolescent girls around the world.
  • Signing a petition to support the Global Fund, a group that invests billions to fight diseases”.

Organized by Global Citizen, the group says that the concert in Montreal is a way to thank the people of the city for taking action. They aim to let worldwide politicians know that the public cares about these issues and that those in political office should, too. Ten thousand of the tickets will be given away. Between 1000-2000 tickets will also be available for sale, starting at $87. Ticket sales start on Saturday here.

The concert should be mostly music — about two-thirds — but will include speeches and videos about the organization and Global Fund initiatives.

For more information, check out the Global Citizen website.


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