The Vancouver Canucks have split from the team’s anthem singer Mark Donnelly after confirming he will sing at’ O Canada ‘tomorrow at a rally in downtown Vancouver to crack down on COVID Protest -19 restrictions.
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Shortly after Donnelly confirmed his plans, team owner Franceso Aquilini tweeted: « Hey @VancouverSun change the heading to » Former Canucks Hymn Singer « . ‘# Wear a mask. ”
Earlier this month, a New Westminster man was arrested and charged with violating the quarantine law after bragging at a protest rally that he refused to self-isolate after a conference on Earth in South Carolina.
This special rally that includes a 1:30 p.m. march. m. and a singalong on stage at the end of the event is seasonally inspired. An event poster shared by promoter Ryan Kulbaba on Facebook declares: « We reject government regulations and will gather for the holidays! »
British Columbians remain under orders to stay home and have a mask mandate. Residents have been advised to avoid social gatherings of all types and sizes as health officials work to quell the second wave of COVID-19.
Kulbaba has been involved in several protests against COVID-19 restrictions. At an anti-mask demonstration in November, Kulbaba urged attendees to shop without a mask and to film their interactions with business leaders.
The Surrey resident was also the main organizer behind the B. . C.. . Freedom Mega Rally, a two-day event outside the art gallery in October.
Kulbaba’s latest event caused a stir. Donnelly, probably the most famous anthem artist in town, will sing “O Canada” at noon and perform again shortly before 4pm. m. according to the route of the rally.
« I sing ‘O Canada’ as a sign of unity and strength for all Canadians, » he said. “The real north is strong and free. ”
The Vancouver Canucks organization distanced itself from the hymn singer in a statement released on Friday afternoon.
« Mark Donnelly is acting independently and we hope the public understands that he is not representing the Vancouver Canucks, » said COO Trent Carroll. “We encourage everyone to wear a mask and follow provincial health instructions. ”
You never know where Donnelly will show up with a rendition of his signature song. In April, the singer performed as part of a 7 p. m. Greetings to health care workers from the courtyard of Amica White Rock, a senior citizen residence near the Peace Arch Hospital.
Donnelly, a practicing Catholic, has also made more controversial appearances in the past. In 2012 he sang « O Canada » at an anti-abortion rally on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
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