Datsik show at the Danforth Music Hall cancelled amidst sexual assault allegations

The Kelowna-born dubstep DJ has also been dropped by his management and booking agencies


Amidst sexual assault allegations, Canadian DJ Troy Beetles, known by his stage name Datsik, has cancelled his tour, including his Toronto date at Danforth Music Hall that was scheduled for Friday, March 16.

He has also been dropped by his management and booking agencies. The dubstep DJ stepped down from Firepower Records, the label he founded. The label has since released a statement.

On March 14, multiple people posted various sexual assault accusations against the musician on social media. Many women shared photos of backstage passes they had been given by the artist with the word “Tulsa” written on them which, according to a now-deleted tweet by Datsik on November 12, 2011, stood for “A slut” written backwards.

After the allegations surfaced, some Toronto fans took to Twitter and Facebook to demand refunds for tickets they had purchased, no longer wishing to support the Kelowna, British Columbia-born artist.

Hillary Uniac, a 25-year-old University of Guelph student who was asking for a refund from Embrace on Twitter, said in a DM to NOW before the show was cancelled that “I’m seeking a refund because I don’t want my money going toward supporting this man, and selling my ticket would still involve supporting him.”

Last night, Datsik issued a statement that many have called a non-apology (his tweets are no longer public). Artists began dropping off his tour one-by-one, while his March 14 show in Des Moines, Iowa was cancelled outright. The Danforth Music Hall show was cancelled on Thursday along with the rest of Datsik’s tour.

Embrace, the concert’s promoter, has not yet responded to a request for comment. On Facebook, the promoter posted that e-tickets will be automatically refunded within a few business days and hard tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.

Among other shows and festival dates, Datsik was also scheduled to co-headline Ever After Music Festival, which takes place June 8 to 10 in Kitchener. 

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