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Posted: Jun 15, 2009 5:23 pm | Edited by: ottawarockerdude
 
Anglophone band barred from festival on Quebec holiday


MONTREAL Two Montreal performers say they have been barred from performing in a June 23 festival to mark the St.-Jean-Baptiste holiday because they are English.

Bloodshot Bill, and the band Lake of Stew were informed last week by organizers of the event called l'autre St-Jean, that one of the event's sponsors is upset that there are English performers and has threatened to pull out from the event unless the English bands are cancelled. The Quebec holiday, on June 24, is also referred to as the Fete nationale.

The event is billed as an alternative to the big celebration featuring musicians and other artists at Montreal's Maisonneuve Park. Its intention is to promote homegrown bands.

We did a press conference for the event on Wednesday, and then I got an e-mail on Thursday saying one of the sponsors had a problem with English bands, Bloodshot Bill said Sunday. The reason they set up this event was for it to be different, so why are people freaking out because it's different?

Bloodshot Bill said the e-mail from the event organizer said there would be a followup e-mail confirming if his appearance was cancelled, but he never got that e-mail.

Event organizers, C4 productions, have not returned numerous phone calls and e-mails.

Born and raised in Montreal, Bloodshot Bill said he was excited to play at his first St. Jean concert.

I was going to go up there with Lake of Stew and we were going to play some songs in French.

While he performs mostly in English, he says he's comfortable in front of a French-speaking crowd.

I go to lots of small towns in and around the province. I speak French to the crowd, and then the songs are English. But it doesn't really matter anyway, because most people don't really understand what I'm saying in the songs anyway. They're kinda English, and kinda my own language.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/Life/Anglophone+band+barred+from+festiv al+Quebec+holiday/1695521/story.html
Posted: Jun 15, 2009 5:54 pm
 
Posted: Jun 15, 2009 10:53 pm
 
Up the Lake of Stew!!!
Posted: Jun 15, 2009 10:54 pm
 
French speaking Canadians need to go back to Russia.
Posted: Jun 16, 2009 8:46 am
 
good news is bloodshot bill has been getting a HUGE amout of press over this up here.
Posted: Jun 16, 2009 10:48 pm
 
It was cool seeing him on my 6:00 news up here in Canada!
Posted: May 28, 2019 3:30 pm
 
BLOODSHOT!
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