American singer and rapper Chris Brown was supposed to perform in four Canadian cities later in August 2013, but all previously-scheduled dates have now been cancelled. The news has been confirmed by the promoter of the Energy Rush festival, where the ‘Turn Up The Music’ singer was scheduled to perform as the main act.
The pop star was supposed to headline the Energy Rush festival in Halifax, Toronto, Saint John and Winnipeg. The owner of Drop Entertainment Group, Stephen Tobin, said on August 19, 2013, “After ongoing conversation and consultation with this year’s headline act Chris Brown, and in light of the performer’s recent personal and health-related issues, a decision has been made to cancel all four scheduled performances”.
The promoter went on to say that it is not possible for Energy Rush festival to go ahead without a headliner, so it has been postponed until 2014. Once it was announced that Brown would headline the show, the news angered many fans in Halifax, who disapproved of his violent past. It was argued that Brown’s show should not be supported. The recent news also triggered a huge outcry on social media and many also called for a boycott.
The disapproval was also voiced by the mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage. In 2009, Brown was convicted for assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop superstar Rihanna.
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