Originally, the performers listed to play were Whiskey Howl, Bo Diddley, Chicago, Junior Walker and the All Stars, Tony Joe White, Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Doug Kershaw and The Doors.

John Lennon and Yoko were invited to be the emcees. Lennon suggested that they wouldn’t want to come unless they could play and of course the promoters were thrilled and arranged flights for John and Yoko, Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Eric Clapton – the Plastic Ono Band. The Live Peace in Toronto 1969 album was recorded at the festival.

Also, KISS performed at the stadium during their Destroyer Tour on September 6, 1976 and Rush performed at the stadium on September 2, 1979 during their Permanent Waves Warm-up Tour.

Varsity Stadium
299 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6
Canada

Varsity Stadium