Nov 28, 2016

Producers cancel concert by black metal band Graveland

Montreal Gazette
PRESSE CANADIENNENovember 28, 2016

The concert scheduled for Saturday evening by the extreme right-wing metal band Graveland at the Théâtre Plaza on Plaza St-Hubert, was cancelled about one hour before the show, the producers announced on their Facebook page.

The organizers of the sixth Messe des Morts (Mass of the Dead) festival said they have made the decision “for security reasons.” They added the theatre administration and producers had “done everything in their power to come up with a solution.”

They invited the fans of the group to “go home peacefully and to make a good impression as (they) have demonstrated since the beginning of the festival.”

The concert by this group, whose members have expressed racist and anti-Semitic remarks in interviews, had sowed controversy. Several groups had demanded the cancellation of the concert organized as part of a rock metal music festival.

A few hours before the show, about 30 people had assembled in front of the Beaubien métro station, located near the theatre, to protest against the arrival of the group.

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