If you’ve been looking forward to seeing Simple Plan at one of their upcoming dates in Eastern Canada, you may want to sit down, because the band has just announced that they’ve been forced to reschedule those dates after frontman Pierre Bouvier was ordered by his doctor to go on vocal rest, effective immediately.

“We are extremely disappointed to announce that we have to reschedule our Eastern Canadian tour dates to March next year,” reads a statement from the band.

“While singing in the studio this week, Pierre started feeling pain in his vocal cords and consulted his voice doctor,” the statement continues. “After examination, Pierre was instructed to go on immediate vocal rest. He was also advised to refrain from singing for the next four weeks to avoid any permanent vocal cord damage.”

Given that the band has been in the midst of “a gruelling touring and traveling schedule and playing over 100 headlining shows all over the world since ‘Taking One For The Team’ came out last February, we all decided together as a band that taking this precautionary measure was the best course of action for the long-term health of Pierre and for our career,” the statement adds.

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“We absolutely hate to not be able to play these shows and have to reschedule. Our Canadian shows are always extremely special to us and it really breaks our hearts to have to make this announcement,” the band declares. “We hope you will understand the situation and the fact that we didn’t come to this conclusion lightly or easily. We know a lot of you had been looking forward to these shows for a very long time and that some people were traveling from all over the world to attend. We want to sincerely apologize to everyone who is disappointed or if we caused you any inconvenience.”

The statement adds: “We look forward to seeing at the shows next March and we thank you all for always supporting us, even in difficult situations like this. We also want to reassure you that with the proper rest, Pierre’s voice will be back to 100 per cent and healthy again and that we will resume playing shows starting in Brazil in early December for our South American tour.”

The new dates that are now confirmed are:
March 11 – London Music Hall – London
March 13 – Centre Videotron – QC
March 14 – Air Canada Centre – Toronto
March 15 –  Bell Centre – Montreal

New dates are also in the works for Ottawa and Halifax, and will be announced as soon as they’re pinned down.

“Unfortunately, our friends All Time Low won’t be able to join us on the new dates, but we are already working on finding a great new support act,” the band adds.