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In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles.
Chris Brown won’t be making it to Halifax. At least this year.
The Energy Rush concert series, headlined by Brown, is being postponed until next year.
“After ongoing conversation and consultation with this year’s headline act Chris Brown, and in light of the performer’s recent personal and health-related issues, a decision has been made to cancel all four scheduled performances,” said Drop Entertainment Group owner Stephen Tobin. “In the absence of a festival headliner, we cannot proceed. We will start planning immediately for next year’s events and the Energy/Summer Rush series will be back in 2014, bigger and better than ever.”
Brown’s shows in Winnipeg, Toronto and Saint John are also postponed.
Brown, 24, pleaded guilty to assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He was sentenced five years’ probation, six months of community service and one year of domestic violence counseling. Last Friday, a judge reinstated Brown’s probation and sentenced the singer to an additional 1,000 hours of community labour.
Brown’s history of violence had Haligonians up in arms over the possibility of his presence in the HRM. As of Monday, more than 16,300 people signed a petition to stop Brown’s performance at Alderney Landing on Aug. 31.
In July, Mayor Mike Savage voiced his displeasure with the addition of Brown to the Energy Rush concert series.
Four corporate sponsors including Molson Canadian, Rogers, the Centre for Arts and Technology-Halifax and Touch of Radiance spa had pulled support from the upcoming concert.
When Metro reached out to concert organizer Stephen Tobin on Sunday, he said the concert was still scheduled and had “no further updates at this time.”
Refunds for all scheduled events will be available at original point of purchase starting Thursday, Aug. 22.