Members of Zac Brown Band Denied Entry into Canada, Vancouver Show Nixed

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Members of the Grammy Award-winning country group Zac Brown Band were denied entry into Canada over the weekend, forcing the band the cancel its Vancouver show on Friday (October 21).

The members were denied entry at the border and rather than go ahead less than whole, the group made the decision to nix the show entirely.

In a statement, the band said it was forced to cancel the show that had been slated to start at Roger Arena, saying, “We’re sorry to announce that we won’t be able to perform in Vancouver tonight. Our Canadian fans are incredible, and we would love nothing more than to share an evening of music together.”

The band added, “Some of our crew members had charges on their records from over a decade ago that have since been removed. Our team has regularly performed in Canada for 10 years, including two performances this year alone.”

The group said this hadn’t been a problem in previous trips north of the border, saying they “have been at the mercy of a single border agent who decides who is allowed in to work, and unfortunately, not everyone was able to make it in the country last night.”

Underscoring their tight-knit unit status, the band said, “We are a family, a tribe. We stick together and support each other and we never leave anyone behind. As a band who prides themselves on showing up with excitement and professionalism, we will always play where we are welcome and appreciated, and we’re so sorry we can’t be there tonight.”

According to People magazine, a source shared more details, telling the outlet, “Zac and his band and crew were detained in Vancouver for two hours because a few of his crew members had infractions that had been expunged years and years ago. Zac refused to leave his crew members behind because they’re like a family, so he decided to cancel the show. He’s super upset about it because he loves his fans but he always says his crew—they’re like a family.”

The country group is currently on the road through November. The next shows are slated for Portland, Oregon, on Sunday and then Los Angeles on November 4.

Photo by Danny Clinch / Zac Brown Band

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