After changing the lyrics to O Canada early last week, Remigio Pereira has been removed from an upcoming Ontario tour that includes a show in St. Catharines.
Pereira changed lyrics to the national anthem on Tuesday last week at the MLB All-Star game in San Diego. A member of The Tenors, Pereira added the line “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the brave,” creating an uproar on social media.
The Tenors issued a statement saying Pereira acted “as a lone wolf” and that “he will not be performing with The Tenors until further notice”.
Pereira’s upcoming tour was to be a partnership with Pavlo, a talented guitarist, and the two artists were set to appear in St. Catharines on October 6 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The tour was originally titled Pavlo & Remigio: Guitarradas and has now been changed to Pavlo & Guests tour.
Pavlo went onto social media to announce the change saying, “Due to circumstances completely out of my control, the tour will have to continue without Remi.”
Pereira issued a statement to the public last week saying, “I had nothing to gain from this. In fact, I’ve lost everything.”
“My intention was to bring unity and peace through loving one another. That has always been my message.”
The change will not only affect the St. Catharines show, but also shows in London and Woodstock have removed Pereira.
Last week it was announced that the October show featuring guitarist Pavlo and Remigio Pereira would no longer feature Pereira after an incident that took place a week prior when the member of The Tenors changed lyrics to the Canadian National Anthem.
The show name Pavlo & Remigio: Guitarradas was changed to Pavlo & Guests tour. However, on Thursday a statement was released saying Pereira would indeed appear at the show despite the earlier announcement. The Oct. 6 show at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre will feature both Pavlo and Pereira.
In a media release from the Arts Centre, Sara Palmieri, Programming and Marketing Manager said, “Our interest is in sharing artistic excellence in all art forms from the highest calibre artists with our community. It is up to our audience members to choose who they wish to see perform.”
Pavlo & Remigio: Guitarradas show can be seen at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 6 in Partridge Hall at 7:30 p.m. as tickets are currently on sale.