On Tuesday, a Winnipeg resident caught wind of the petition against Chris Brown headlining the Energy Rush Concert in Halifax (which now has over 14,500 signatures), and realizing he was scheduled to perform in Winnipeg as part of the same concert series,  Kelcy Beirnes,  launched her own effort, now with nearly 1000 signatures, to keep the controversial performer off her city’s stage as well. 

But not everyone wants to keep Chris Brown off the stage.  By Tuesday, some of  the R&B singer’s fans launched their own on change.org  petitions  demanding Brown be kept on concert lineups in both cities. Breanna Dorrington, who launched the one in favour of his Halifax performance says, “I started the petition because I don’t think all of the negative attention is fair,”; and adds, “I think people are using this to bully him and make him feel unwelcome. “;  Dorrington’s has gathered over 170 signatures. While a group in the US launched their own protest, telling Halifax Mayor Mike Savage to “stop bullying” the performer. This petition has close to 1,600 names added. 



Earlier this week  Rogers Communications and Molson Coors announced both brands were pulling their sponsorships of the Energy Rush event in Nova Scotia, after an online petition was launched  by Halifax resident Nichole Snow, to protest Chris Brown as a headlining act.  The petition so far has gathered more than 10,000 signatures against the concert which is scheduled to take place at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth on August 31.

The Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage, is just one of the vocal opponents of the controversial R&B singer’s involvement with the event, along with protesters who signed on change.org a petition letter that begins with: “Chris Brown is a known woman beater. As a city, I believe it reflects poorly on us to not only host such an artist, but to make him the headliner of this show.”;

Today Chris’ camp released this statement to ET Canada in response to the outcry: “It’s a shame that some people are so short-sighted and uninformed. Chris is an award-winning artist whose goal is to inspire and entertain. He engages in many philanthropic endeavours to support his community and communities worldwide, including the Jenesse Center Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Best Buddies, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Kids Wish Network, Get Schooled and Home Again. He’s just embarked on the Unity Campaign to bring people together despite their differences, while promoting tolerance and forgiveness. Chris strives to learn from his past and to grow as a person, as we should all do. Chris is looking forward to being a part of the Energy Rush Concert Series.”;

The event promoter, Stephen D. Tobin, wrote us this: “Chris Brown is a multi-platinum, award winning, international artist and we are pleased to be welcoming him to Canada. Although Chris is as controversial as he is talented, there is no denying that he is one of the biggest, boldest, chart-topping names in the music industry today. With the momentum of Chris’s new album set to release this fall, we have full confidence these Canadian performances will in fact be very well received.”;