New Toronto music fest embroiled in controversy
Toronto's Hi-Fi Musical Adventure was supposed to make its debut this year by bringing together more than 60 bands across five local venues. The weekend-long music festival, however, scheduled for March 10 to 12, isn't going off as planned.
Chart Attack reports that festival co-organizer Anthony Dell'Orso publicly posted a disparaging status about pop music star Kesha on Facebook. After his remarks were re-posted to a private Facebook group, he allegedly started sending "harassing messages" two Toronto women. The situation intensified from there.
Yet, despite this controversy, some of the shows will go on next weekend, albeit without the Hi-Fi name, says festival co-organizer Amanda Langton via email.
In an optimistic public statement on Facebook, she writes:
"You've no doubt heard about the goings on surrounding the festival and yes, the festival as it was is done. Anthony has stepped away."
Dell'Orso has since apologized in a lengthy statement to Billboard.
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