Chris Brown was scheduled to perform in Montreal and Toronto during two sold-out shows but has been forced to cancel both concerts after the Canadian government denied him entry into the country.
Sorry fans, but that is how the law works in Canada. When someone is deemed “inadmissible” but wants to enter the country, he will be stopped at the border by local authorities and won’t be allowed to enter.
The singer was denied entry into Canada just hours before the shows which were planned to take place in Montreal and Toronto on 24 and 25 February, respectively. The totally unexpected news left thrilled crowds who were already heading to the Bell Center in Montreal disappointed and frustrated.
“Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold-out crowds in Montreal & Toronto”, Brown tweeted yesterday afternoon.
“The good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t allow me entry. I’ll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!”
The concerts have been reportedly cancelled “due to immigration issues” but the exact reason behind the singer’s ban is still unclear.
Brown’s bar probably comes after the artist’s numerous brushes with the law. In January, a judge revoked his probation after he violated orders to travel without consent while getting into an altercation outside a Washington hotel last year.
He had also been jailed for prior violations for several months when convicted for the 2009 domestic violence case with his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Spokesman for the Canada Border Services Agency Stephane Malepart reportedly said that privacy laws prevent him from commenting on specific cases but claimed that factors including involvement in criminal issues are among the factors to determine people’s eligibility.
Malepart was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying: “Several factors are used in determining admissibility into Canada, including involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations, in organised crime, security, health or financial reasons”.