​A Family-Friendly Drag Show In BC Got Cancelled After 'Threatening Phone Calls'

Police said the calls were "deeply concerning."

Western Canada Editor
Victoria police car.

Victoria police car.

A business that was hosting a family-friendly drag show in B.C. reported receiving "threatening phone calls," and Victoria Police said that the event is now cancelled as a result.

The phone calls caused a safety concern for the participants, staff and guests of the event, police said.

In a statement released on June 16, police said that they received two separate reports from staff members concerning "threatening phone calls" that they received on Wednesday.

According to police, the local business that received the calls "targeting them for hosting" the upcoming show is located in the 900-block of Kings Road, and the people who called mentioned the family-friendly drag event specifically.

Because of the phone calls, the event organizers cancelled the drag show, police confirmed.

"It is very disappointing to learn of these deeply concerning calls and the impact that they have had on staff, event organizers and those who were looking forward to this event," said Staff Sergeant Jennifer Ames, who co-chairs the Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee.

"Hate has no place in Victoria. We want those who were looking forward to this event to know that we're responding to ensure that they are safe and that we hope for the return of this event," Ames added.

The police are now investigating the incidents and are in touch with the event organizers and staff. Police are asking anyone who has information and has not already spoken to police to call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654, extension 1.

You can also report information anonymously by calling Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Morgan Leet
Western Canada Editor
Morgan Leet is the Western Canada Editor for Narcity Canada's Western Desk focused on interprovincial travel, and is based in Vancouver.
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