The event will take place October 10 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, B.C.

Each artist has donated 100 percent of their time and fees to the project, which is aimed at raising $1 million.

All facilities and promotional costs will be donated as well, with 100 percent of the proceeds to go to the BC Cancer Foundation’s new research facility, slated to open in 2004. Ticketmaster is even rebating all profit from their ticket service charges to the BC Cancer foundations.

“Cancer affects all of us so deeply, so personally,” McLachlan said. “No one has been untouched by this horrible disease. It cuts through gender and age, striking us wherever we live.

“I hope the community will support us in making the dream of building a leading-edge cancer research facility in Vancouver a realty.”

All artists on the lineup have been directly affected by cancer – either through losing a close friend, family member, or suffering personally themselves.

For Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies, cancer hits especially close to home. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1999 and has been in remission since 2001.

“No matter where the research is done, it benefits all cancer victims and their families,” Hearn said. “I am living proof that thanks to research, there is hope and progress in fighting cancer.”

Tickets for the event go onsale August 17 through Ticketmaster, with prices ranging from (Cdn.) $79.50 to $129.50.

Event organizer Shane Bourbonnais of Clear Channel Entertainment spearheaded this event in honor of his late wife Michele. It was her one-and-a-half year-long fight against cervical cancer that made Bourbonnais aware of the need for a research facility. Michele passed away October 10, 2001.