After multiple sexual misconduct allegations were made against members of Canadian rock band Hedley, the Juno Awards have cancelled the group’s scheduled performance at the ceremony. The group has also responded to the allegations against them on their Facebook page, calling them “unsubstantiated”.
It all started when Twitter user @_cdnpsycho started sharing stories Hedley fans were sending. The whistleblower, simply identified as “T”, has shared multiple screenshots from girls claiming lead singer Jacob Hoggard and other members displayed inappropriate behaviour in the presence of young girls, sometimes minors.
The allegations started around February 12, and have since snowballed, leading fans and the public to demand Hedley be removed from their scheduled performance at the Juno Awards on March 24. The Juno organization has since complied with these demands, saying “the band will not be performing at the 2018 JUNO Awards.”
In a message on their Facebook page, the band has responded to the accusations against them and lead singer Jacob, calling them “unsubstantiated”. They collectively claim innocence, saying “there was always a line that we would never cross.” The post received a barrage of negative comments, with many pointing out that the band never explicitly denies any allegations against them.
Laval Date in Peril?
Heydley are currently on tour promoting their album Cageless, with stops planned all over the country in the next month. They’re scheduled to play at Laval’s new Place Bell next Wednesday (February 21) but the Facebook event for the concert is currently being overwhelmed with a mix of tickets for sale and people asking for the event to be cancelled, given the accusations.
Neither Hedley not promoter Evenko have responded to requests for the show’s cancellation.