Chris Brown was banned from entering Canada on Tuesday (Feb. 25), just hours before he was scheduled to play “sold-out” shows in Toronto and Montreal. The 25-year-old singer was slated to take the stage alongside Trey Songz and Tyga at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Tuesday and at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, but was forced to cancel both concerts after he was barred from crossing the border.
“ The good people of the Canadian government wouldn't allow me entry,” Chris wrote in a tweet. “I’ll be back this summer and hopefully will see all my Canadian fans!”
In another tweet, the R&B star said that both of his shows were sold out. Both tweets have since been removed.
Although Chris gave no reason for why he was inadmissible, the promoter, Live Nation, cited “immigration issues” and said fans will be given a refund.
“Breezy” has had several skirmishes with the law in recent years, and was jailed for nearly three months in 2014 after he violated his probation by getting involved in an altercation outside of a Washington hotel. The singer had been on probation for notoriously assaulting his former girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009.
According to Canadian law, a person could be found "criminally inadmissible" if they have been convicted of a crime.
Soon after Chris was denied entry, his detractors took to Twitter to praise the decision, with one user writing, “the system works,” and another tweeting, "I'm so proud to be Canadian right now."
However, media outlets like MacLean’s have since pointed out that admissibility at the Canadian border can be "fickle," and suggest double standards are sometimes at play when it comes to allowing or denying entry to rap artists.