Moses Sumney has cancelled his Montreal Jazz Festival set, which was initially as a result of happen on Tuesday. His resolution stemmed from the presence of the controversial musical theater manufacturing SLĀV and the competition’s ongoing assist of the present. SLĀV is described as a “theatrical odyssey based on slave songs,” nevertheless it’s carried out by a largely white troupe and has drawn protests and criticism for cultural appropriation.
Sumney cited the competition’s protection of SLĀV, “after adamant protests,” as a major motive for cancelling his look. “I knew that I could not present my music at this same festival in good conscience,” Sumney wrote. “Especially on a day sandwiched between Canada Day and Independence Day, two bittersweet holidays that have long left black, brown, and indigeneous voices out.”
Last Wednesday, the competition stood by the manufacturing in an announcement. “We are truly fortunate that artists as talented and recognized on the five continents as [performer] Betty Bonifassi and [director] Robert Lepage—in his very first collaboration—have chosen the festival to present this show as a world premiere,” organizers wrote, in response to the CBC. “Before subjecting them to trial by public opinion, we firmly believe that we must wait and witness the show they will present to us all.” Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for remark.
Sumney thanked the competition for partaking in a dialogue about his considerations, however finally determined to maneuver forward with the cancellation. He says all tickets shall be refunded, and in lieu of that efficiency, he’ll maintain a present the identical night at Montreal’s La Sala Rossa. See his full assertion beneath. SLĀV’s June 29 and 30 reveals have been cancelled when Bonifassi fractured her ankle, in response to CTV, however the present’s remaining scheduled performances are set to go on.