Skip Marley Denied Entry to Canada, Postpones Toronto Tour Halt

Skip Marley was denied entry to Canada on Tuesday by border agents at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. The grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley was scheduled to perform in Toronto on Wednesday at local club Toybox.

Early Wednesday morning, Skip posted a video to his Twitter account explaining his regret at the turn of events and said he would work.

“Yo, Skip Marley here, as you can see from the border,” he said, laughing and pointing to the border in the background. “Unfortunately, this time we were turned down, but we can’t wait to reschedule straight to Toybox. Once again, I want to apologize to all the fans. We’ve tried and we’ll keep trying, but we’ll keep trying. to try until next time so everyone can expect it but from now on the rules are the rules…until then one love,” he said in a video .

Marley also added a screenshot of a note he wrote in which he explained that the reason he was turned away was that he had not sufficiently complied with all of the requirements for immigration.

“TORONTO: Unfortunately, tomorrow’s show is postponed because I was refused entry to Canada at the border. I wish that weren’t the case – I’ve done everything I’ve been told to comply with immigration requirements, but today it seems like more is needed,” the tweet reads.

Skip Marley continued: “I know many of you have been looking forward to this as much as I have and I apologize if we have to wait a little longer. We are working on a postponement and I can’t wait to come back.

The note was accompanied by a photo of the refusal issued by immigration authorities ordering his return to the United States. The document also lists the reason for his refusal indicating.

“You are prohibited from entering Canada by order or regulation of the Governor in Council under the Emergencies Act or the Quarantine Act,” it read.

There is another box on the document that has been checked off, “You are no longer prohibited from entering Canada by an order or regulation of the Governor in Council under the Emergencies Act or the Quarantine Act, and an officer can enter your application for examination to enter Canada. .”

Canadian authorities have not addressed the denial, although the country says there are regulations for entering Canada due to the pandemic.

According to the Government of Canada website, citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter Canada, but if they are not vaccinated, they must self-quarantine for 14 days. Similarly, vaccinated international travelers are allowed to enter the country, but foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated must meet an exemption or travel for non-discretionary purposes.

Unvaccinated persons permitted entry will be required to show via the ArriveCAN app or website their 14-day quarantine plan and a self-assessment of Covid-19 symptoms.

In the meantime, Skip Marley’s stop in Canada is just the second on his Change tour which kicked off this week. The reggae artist’s next stops are North Adams, MA, then New York, Washington, DC, with multiple stops in California in early October before heading to several southwestern states and ending in Vermont in late October. .