Jamaican-Canadian activists are raising concerns about the headliners of this year's Edmonton Reggae Festival, calling the artists "professed anti-LGBTQ Jamaican singers."
Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican-Canadian attorney and LGBT advocate, was one of the people who rallied to have Queen Ifrica's Toronto show cancelled. He said the artists have a right to perform, but audiences should consider what they're supporting.
In a statement, festival president John Furtuna said "there is no cause for concern" and "all the artists contracted for the Festival have been briefed on the Festival's expectations."
According to CBC News, as of Thursday evening both Global Edmonton and HOT 107 have dropped their support for the event.