Triple nom­i­nees won’t per­form at awards bash

Edmonton Journal - - NP -

The Junos have dropped Hed­ley from the tele­vised awards bash as the B.C. rock­ers face al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct that they call “un­sub­stan­ti­ated.”

Or­ga­niz­ers of the an­nual mu­sic show say it was a joint de­ci­sion with Hed­ley “after care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of the sit­u­a­tion.”

The move by the Cana­dian Academy of Record­ing Arts and Sciences came as band mem­bers is­sued a state­ment ad­dress­ing claims of im­pro­pri­ety in­volv­ing young fans.

“We re­al­ize the life of a tour­ing band is an un­con­ven­tional one,” reads the state­ment, which was is­sued mid-af­ter­noon Wed­nes­day, min­utes be­fore the Junos an­nounce­ment.

“While we are all now ei­ther mar­ried or have en­tered into com­mit­ted, longterm re­la­tion­ships, there was a time, in the past, when we en­gaged in a life­style that in­cor­po­rated cer­tain rock ’n’ roll clichés. How­ever, there was al­ways a line that we would never cross.”

The state­ment fol­lowed a flurry of claims on Twit­ter from anony­mous users who al­leged in­ap­pro­pri­ate en­coun­ters with the band. Many of the al­le­ga­tions re­late to post-show in­ter­ac­tions and con­duct be­tween the band and young fans. Some so­cial me­dia users


called on the Juno Awards to drop Hed­ley as a per­former at the March 24 show.

Al­lan Reid, pres­i­dent and CEO of the record­ing arts and science academy, had said early Wed­nes­day the academy was “aware of the se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions” and that the or­ga­ni­za­tion was “fol­low­ing this sit­u­a­tion very closely.”

The pop-rock­ers — fronted by Ja­cob Hog­gard and also fea­tur­ing Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Beni­son — are up for three Junos this year in­clud­ing fan choice, group of the year and pop al­bum of the year for their 2017 re­lease Cage­less. It is their sev­enth stu­dio al­bum and they are on tour pro­mot­ing the al­bum.

The band won video of the year in 2011 for their song Perfect, as well as pop al­bum of the year in 2012 for Storms.

The band mem­bers said they “re­spect and ap­plaud the #Me­Too move­ment” and say it is es­pe­cially im­por­tant within the mu­sic in­dus­try, “which does not ex­actly have an en­vi­able his­tory of treat­ing women with the re­spect they de­serve.”

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