On October 19, Colombian-Canadian singer Lido Pimienta performed at the 25th annual Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) music festival.
At her shows, the Polaris Prize winner customarily invites women of colour, trans people, disabled people, and white women to come to the front of the stage. Following this reconfiguration at Halifax’s Marquee Ballroom, a heated back and forth involving several women of colour and a white woman became loud enough to interrupt her a capella duet with African-Nova Scotian singer Kirsten Olivia. Pimienta stopped the performance twice, until the white woman — later identified as a volunteer photographer for the festival — was removed by security. The volunteer left, and the show went on.
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