‘Drunk­en­ness and row­di­ness’ cuts Canada Day con­cert short: Hal­i­fax po­lice

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The Canada Day con­cert at Alder­ney Land­ing in Dart­mouth on Wed­nes­day night was cut short be­cause of “drunk­en­ness and row­di­ness” of some out­side the venue, says a po­lice spokesman.

City spokes­woman Jen­nifer Stairs con­firmed to Metro on Thurs­day that Hal­i­fax Civic Events cut On­tario band Arkells’ set short by 15 min­utes – from 75 min­utes to 60 min­utes – af­ter the po­lice rec­om­mended shut­ting down the event early, so they could deal with the crowd out­side.

“Po­lice didn’t make a de­ci­sion, they just ad­vised us that due to some un­for­tu­nate be­hav­iour out­side of the con­cert bound­aries, out­side of the ac­tual check- in, it would help them to dis­perse the crowds if the show ended a bit ear­lier,” she said Thurs­day.

Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice spokesman Sgt. Pierre Bourdages con­firmed of­fi­cers were wor­ried about some of the al­co­hol-in­duced be­hav­iour out­side the con­cert it­self.

“There was con­cern for safety to­wards the end of the con­cert,” he said Thurs­day, re­fer­ring to the ‘ drunk­en­ness and row­di­ness’ ac­tions of some.

“There was the oc­ca­sional dis­tur­bance out­side the venue, and there was also un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour hap­pen­ing.”

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