Published Mar 12, 2018The city of Toronto has postponed the upcoming "Love Wins" concert, after vocal criticism from members of the LGBTQ community.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on March 29 at Nathan Phillips Square, but over the weekend, Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam announced that organizers had agreed to postpone it due to the "unintentional division" it created.
The full statement on her website reads:
As organizers and supporters of #LoveWins we have actively listened to concerns from community members about the March 29, 2018 event. Our intention was to bring the city together in love and healing after hearing from many people who wanted to come together in unity and strength. Unfortunately, the event created an unintentional division at a historic time in the LGBTQ2S community.
For the many who expressed support and enthusiasm for the concert, and gave freely of their time and talent to its organizing, we sincerely apologize for this disappointment.
We will postpone the event and work with all community members to ensure that any future endeavour will address the concerns raised thus far. We welcome continued dialogue and honour the broad spectrum of opinions in the community.
Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding.
Wong-Tam and organizers are meeting with members of the community — including Sara Malabar, who even started a "Stop #LoveWins Concert" Facebook page last week — to plan a more appropriate future event. Malabar told the Canadian Press that she hopes the redesigned event will showcase primarily LGBTQ performers and use the opportunity to provide mental health support to the grieving community.
The concert was initially billed as "part vigil, part celebration" in response to the alleged serial killings by Bruce McArthur that have rocked Toronto's gay village, and was slated to feature performances by Carol Pope, members of the Barenaked Ladies, the Forte Toronto Gay Men's Chorus, Thelma Houston, Billy Newton Davis of the Nylons, Canadian Idol winner Theo Tams and winners from reality competition show The Launch.
To date, McArthur has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder, all involving men with ties to Toronto's gay village.