Because of these protests organisers were prompted to move the Canada Day concert from the original venue–which was hosting pride week activities.
In an interview with Jamaica Observer, Capleton’s Manager, Claudette Kemp explained that he ‘wowed’ the audience and the show went well. She also went on to say that the 43-year-old kept the attention of the audience, who for some time had not seen him perform in that North American city. She further stated that the artiste has such a wide repertoire, that there was no need to re-hash certain songs from the past which may have been considered offensive to certain groups or individuals.
The original venue for the concert was scheduled for the Sound Academy in Toronto, but management made a decision to relocate due to protests by a leading gay rights advocacy group in Canada, which had also alerted the hate crimes unit of the Toronto police.
Kemp also made mentioned that her artiste is now gearing up for his annual summer stage show and fundraiser dubbed ‘A St Mary Mi Come From’, which will be held at the Gray’s Inn Sports Complex August 5, in Annotto Bay, St Mary.
She also revealed that this year’s theme for the concert is unity, noting that too much dissonance in the society at this time and therefore Capleton has decided to promote unity at this year’s show.
‘A St Mary Mi Come From’, is the prime fund-raiser for Capleton’s foundation which supports various charitable organizations and schools in St Mary on an ongoing basis since its inception in 2001.