Opening act cancelled at Quebec City Hedley concert after rape allegation against lead singer

(Jaela Bernstien/CBC)

Elise Marcoux is attending the concert with her two teenage daughters and said the family has been discussing the allegations a lot at home. The event’s venue, Centre Vidéotron, issued a statement on its Facebook page saying there would be no opening act for the show. “It didn’t sit right with us, we felt wrong about it,” Morris said. On Sunday night, CBC published the story of a 24-year-old Ottawa woman who alleged Hoggard sexually assaulted her in 2016. But at this time, it’s these guy’s [lives] that are ruined.”
Some fans brought signs which read “I stand with Hedley” written onto a heart, or which showed the hashtag #IstandwithHeadley. Hedley’s Juno performance cancelled in wake of sexual misconduct claims

Hedley was also blacklisted by numerous radio stations, including CBC, following the allegations on social media. 
The band plans to continue its tour, however, with shows scheduled until March 23. The Toronto band Liteyears was scheduled to open the concert. The allegations caused the Canadian band to withdraw from Juno consideration and they were dropped by their management. 
It also saw them lose their original opening acts, Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams. If it’s true, some lives were ruined. Fan Megan Chouinard said recent allegations against Hoggard don’t stop her from enjoying Hedley’s music. Facebook, Twitter, only. So just listening to this song, I felt better,” said fan Megan Chouinard. An Ottawa woman alleged Jacob Hoggard, frontman for the rock group Hedley, sexually assaulted her in 2016. A statement from Hoggard’s lawyer says the singer is very sorry the woman is upset, “but that does not change the fact that they made a mutual plan to get together to have sex and they did just that.”

‘I said stop’: Ottawa woman accuses Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard of rape

Fans stand by band
Fans lined up outside the Centre Vidéotron said the music and the band members’ personal lives are separate. The opening act for Monday night’s Hedley concert in Quebec City was cancelled following a rape allegation against lead singer Jacob Hoggard. Most of it anonymously,” Marcoux said. 
“We’re here to show support. Social media allegations 

Allegations of sexual assault first surfaced against Hoggard on social media earlier in February. (Daniel Coulombe/Radio-Canada)

Adrian Morris, the drummer of Neon Dreams, told CBC that the band did two more shows with Hedley after allegations against Hoggard surfaced. “It’s a trial by Twitter. Fans still support Hedley in face of allegations2:38

With files from Jaela Bernstien and Salimah Shivji “One thing I really take away from this is we had a lot of backlash from Hedley fans because of the fact that we pulled out, and it’s given me a lot of insight into the courage that it takes to come out as a victim,” he added. Nothing proven. “The power of their songs, it’s very important for me because they helped me go through some rough times in high school.