A men’s rights group tried and failed at stealthily holding a concert on the Toronto Islands

A men’s rights group tried and failed at stealthily holding a concert on the Toronto Islands

Men’s rights groups have become internet pariahs, thanks in large part to their unfailingly tone-deaf approach to redressing what they call “misandry,” or hatred of men. This week, though, one local group almost managed to eke out a victory. Almost.

As reported by Vice, a men’s rights group euphemistically known as the Canadian Association for Equality had organized a concert at Artscape Gibraltar Point, an artists’ retreat on the Toronto Islands. The event, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday, was supposed to be headlined by Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins, and would have been in honour of a made-up holiday called “Equality Day.” When questioned by Vice and the Globe, Artscape and at least one of the musicians on the bill claimed to have had no idea that the event was connected to the men’s rights movement. Artscape cancelled the concert before the first news reports were even published.

E-Day itself isn’t cancelled, though. In a press release, the Canadian Association for Equality says the celebrations will instead take place at Yonge-Dundas Square—or, actually, on the southwest corner of Yonge and Dundas, across the street from the square, next to all the weird loudspeaker evangelists, which seems somehow appropriate.