Caesars Windsor cancels Hedley concert scheduled for next month

Jacob Hoggard, frontman for the rock group Hedley, performs during the band's concert in Halifax on Friday, February 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

TORONTO - Caesars Windsor has cancelled a Hedley concert slated for next month.

The casino operator has notified fans that a March 11 show on its grounds will no longer go forward.

Caesars Windsor spokeswoman Jhoan Baluyot confirmed in an email that it was the venue that cancelled the show. Refunds will be offered to all ticket buyers.

"We will not be making any further comments beyond this point," the casino said in a statement.

The decision comes after a number of sexual misconduct allegations were levelled against Hedley earlier this month on social media, mostly by anonymous users. It led the band to withdraw from consideration for three Juno Awards and back out of performing on the telecast.

The band's members have called the allegations involving young fans "unsubstantiated," but acknowledged that in the past they "engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock 'n' roll cliches."

While Hedley hasn't made any changes to its current tour itinerary, the band's original opening acts Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams backed out, while replacement band Liteyears didn't perform during Monday's show in Quebec City.

Hedley was due to play in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday night and in Brampton, Ont., and Peterborough, Ont., later in the week.

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