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Jhené Aiko postponed last-minute due to Toronto concert curse

Jhené Aiko postponed last-minute due to Toronto concert curse

Sure, you know about the Drake curse, but did you know about the Toronto concert curse? Two very different, yet undeniably connected, cases. Fans of Jhené Aiko are the latest victims of the latter, as the singer-songwriter postponed her Scotiabank Arena performance last night (July 2) at the last minute.

The Toronto show of Aiko’s Magic Hour Tour — her first headlining performance in five years — was canceled “due to unexpected production issues.” A new date is expected to be announced soon and tickets will be honored.

The curse of the Toronto concert seems to date back to 2022. That February, Kacey Musagraves canceled her concert star-crossed tour finale after “vital production elements” couldn’t get to the show in time due to bad weather in Ontario. Dua Lipa then postponed her show at Scotiabank Arena in February Future nostalgia until July — when unauthorized fireworks were set off in the middle of the crowd.

Justin Bieber postponed and later canceled two Toronto concerts in July, citing symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome. The Weeknd’s hometown tour opening night fell victim to the nationwide Rogers outage that same month.

Drake decided to postpone his Young Money reunion due to COVID in August, which also coincided with a weekend of disastrous GTA music festivals. (To add salt to the wound, Aiko was originally set to headline the cursed Kultureland Festival, but canceled her performance when the event was abruptly moved from Markham to Ajax.)

And Toronto continues to perpetuate an environment of uncontrolled concert cancellations: last year, KISS canceled their Toronto (and Ottawa) concerts due to Paul Stanley’s “unforeseen illness,” and SZA again canceled her concert in the city during the second half of her SOS world tour.

The nostalgic hip-hop festival Hot in Toronto was recently postponed this year after headliner Lil Wayne canceled his performance. Yesterday, Heart announced that their August Toronto show (and the rest of their tour) has been postponed as Ann Wilson undergoes preventative chemotherapy.

In short, if your favorite person is coming to Toronto and you attend an event that actually takes place at the appointed time, consider yourself lucky.