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Canada #LoveWins concert postponed after criticism from LGBTQ community

06:28  11 march  2018
06:28  11 march  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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A free concert that was billed in part as a vigil and as a celebration after the arrest of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has been postponed Toronto The # LoveWins poster didn't mention McArthur by name but references "the series of killings that have rocked Toronto's LGBTQ community ."

TORONTO — A event billed as a “part vigil, part celebration” in the wake of the arrest of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has been postponed after members of Toronto’s LGBTQ community called it tone-deaf. Some community members said the concert , called # LoveWins , was too celebratory in

a close up of a man: A concert billed as 'part-vigil, part-celebration' has been postponed. It did not mention alleged killer Bruce McArthur by name, but reference the 'series of killings that have rocked Toronto's LGBTQ community.' © Bruce McArthur/Facebook A concert billed as 'part-vigil, part-celebration' has been postponed. It did not mention alleged killer Bruce McArthur by name, but reference the 'series of killings that have rocked Toronto's LGBTQ community.'

A free concert that was billed in part as a vigil and as a celebration after the arrest of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has been postponed according to Toronto city Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam.

#LoveWins was planned for March 29 as a free event at Nathan Phillips Square that would have featured performances by Carole Pope and members of the Barenaked Ladies, the Forte Toronto Gay Men's Chorus and winners of CTV's The Launch.

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A concert organized in response to a series of homicides of men with ties to Toronto’s Gay Village has been postponed amid criticism from the LGBTQ community . The press release for # LoveWins stated that the event was to be “more of a love letter to the community than a vigil.”

Malabar, who started a "Stop # LoveWins Concert " page on Facebook, said the announcement was appreciated by members of the ‘Love Wins’ concert meant to unite LGBTQ community draws criticisms . Toronto police chief seeking external review of force’s missing persons investigations.

However, the event was criticized as being tone deaf, as police continue to seek answers about an alleged serial killer who targeted gay men in the community for years.

'We sincerely apologize'

"‎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," Saturday's statement continued.

"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."

McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder. All of the alleged victims had ties to the city's gay village.

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The city of Toronto has postponed the upcoming "Love Wins" concert , after vocal criticism from members of the LGBTQ community . and organizers are meeting with members of the community — including Sara Malabar, who even started a "Stop # LoveWins Concert " Facebook page last week

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The #LoveWins poster didn't mention McArthur by name but references "the series of killings that have rocked Toronto's LGBTQ community." The performers in the lineup include American R&B; singer Thelma Houston, former Nylons member Billy Newton Davis and Canadian Idol winner Theo Tams.

Critics say community wasn't consulted

In a number of posts that were deleted earlier from the event's Facebook page, users questioned several aspects of the concert, including why it appears few members of the local community were consulted or asked to perform.

They also suggested the organizers' description of the event, which describes the evening as when "the work of healing now begins," ignores that many questions about the murders remain unanswered.

The concert even sparked a "Stop #LoveWins Concert" page. Sara Malabar, who founded the anti-concert Facebook page, said it was way too soon for people to come together to 'celebrate' anything."

"Instead of trying to throw some sort of 'Let's feel better' concert, maybe we need to be coming together in our grief in respectful ways and working through the trauma."

"I can hear that people might say that it's too soon, but for some members of the community it's not soon enough," she said. "They're sitting by themselves and wondering where do they place their grief and who's going to bring them together?...In many ways, this concert is an effort to try and respond to community members who were saying they're feeling very much alone."

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Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur to appear by video in a Toronto court The 66-year-old self-employed landscaper is charged with the first-degree murder of six men who had ties to the city's LGBTQ community.

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