Last Friday, December 16th, in Toronto saw a bunch of massive hometown acts take over the city’s new superclub Rebel for what promised to be a huge night for dance music fans in the area. Unfortunately, while DVBBS and fellow hometown heroes Shaun Frank, Delaney Jane, and Loud Luxury most definitely delivered to a sold-out all-ages crowd, three people were taken to the hospital during the show and one of them has since tragically died.
The victim was a 19-year-old woman who had been hospitalized along with two others during the show following MDMA overdoses, according to a Toronto Paramedics spokesperson. The event also comes under further scrutiny following the revelation by City News that another show attendee was only 16-years-old and also had to be hospitalized for several days following the show’s conclusion.
INK Entertainment, the promoter behind REBEL, has released this official statement:
We extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the patron who passed away, and will keep them in our prayers during this difficult time.
REBEL has a zero tolerance drug policy, and also subjects every patron entering the venue to a full search. Anyone who is caught with an illegal substance is immediately denied entry. We employ an EMS company on-site for every music concert and club night.
The event on Friday December 16th was an all-ages concert, with a separated licensed area for 19+ guests.
Public safety and security is our top priority at INK Entertainment and we will continue to ensure that it remains that way with the highest standard of support.
We are fully cooperating with the police on the investigation. Due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment further on this matter.
H/T: City News