Social media was awash in anger and scorn last night after Juno Award winners The Tenors (formerly known as the Canadian Tenors) took some creative licence with O Canada.
At the MLB All-Star game in San Diego, group members Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters, and Clifton Murray stood silently as their comrade Remigio Pereira held up a sign that read “All Lives Matter” as he sang: “We’re all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great.”
Those lyrics replaced the usual “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free.”
Shortly after their performance, which wasn’t shown live on U.S. television, The Tenors released a statement through their Facebook page, calling Pereira a “lone wolf” who altered the anthem to “serve his own political views.”
The Tenors are deeply sorry for the disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group acting as a ‘lone wolf’ today during the singing of the Canadian national anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego.
The other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed by the actions of Remigio Pereira, who changed the lyrics of our treasured anthem and used this coveted platform to serve his own political views.
Our sincere apologies and regrets go out to everybody who witnessed this shameful act, to our fellow Canadians, to Major League Baseball, to our friends, families, fans and to all those affected.
The actions of one member of this group were extremely selfish and he will not be performing with The Tenors until further notice.
Pereira defended his actions via his own Facebook statement, were fans declared that they “stand with Remi.”