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#LoveWins concert postponed due to concerns in LGBTQ community

Last Updated Mar 10, 2018 at 6:13 pm EDT

Bruce McArthur, of Toronto, is shown in this image posted to his social media page. Multiple media outlets report that Toronto police had interviewed and released an alleged serial killer years before he was arrested. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Handout/Facebook

A star-studded concert meant to support the LGBTQ community in the midst of the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has been postponed.

#LoveWins, billed as “part vigil, part celebration,” drew criticism from members of the LGBTQ community as being tone deaf.

Critics suggested it’s too early for a concert as police continue investigate McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper charged with six counts of first-degree murder — all tied to the city’s gay village.

Some took issue with the use of the word “celebration” in promotional materials.

“We have actively listened to concerns from community members about the March 29, 2018 event,” the organizers said in a statement.

“Our intention was to bring the city together in love and healing after hearing from many people who wanted to come together in unity and strength. Unfortunately, the event created an unintentional division at a historic time in the LGBTQ2S community.”

The #LoveWins poster doesn’t mention McArthur by name but references “the series of killings that have rocked Toronto’s LGBTQ community.”

Those posters were pulled off the event’s Facebook page late Thursday.

The lineup featured performances by Carole Pope and members of the Barenaked Ladies, the Forte Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus and winners from CTV’s The Launch music competition series, among others.


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