TORONTO: Egale Canada commends Toronto’s Sound Academy for taking the initiative to cancel a concert for anti-gay dancehall artist Capleton. Initially scheduled to perform in Toronto on the eve of Pride, Sound Academy has pulled the plug on Capleton’s venomous homophobia.

“Capleton” (Clifton G. Bailey) has openly advocated, encouraged and glorified violence against and murder of gays and lesbians. His anti-gay dancehall tracks include lyrics such as: “All queers and sodomites should be killed,” “Yow, string them up and hang them up alive.”

The news of the cancellation follows a swift response from members of the LGBT community in the days leading up to the event. “We are extremely glad that Sound Academy has listened to the voices of the LGBT community and shown respect by pulling the plug on Capleton,” said Helen Kennedy, Executive Director of Egale Canada.