A press release was sent out late yesterday confirming that "L'Autre St-Jean" had put anglophone performers Bloodshot Bill and Lake of Stew back in the lineup for the June 23rd concert on the Plateau Mont-Royal.
The press release did not really explain what had happened in the first place. The name of the sponsor that had threatened to pull out was Association Culturel Louis Hebert, which is affiliated with the separatist Societe Saint Jean Baptiste which has been an the center of the language issue in Montreal for some time.
I am not surprised that event organizers and sponsors had canceled the English acts and removed them from the program in the first place. I am surprised however that all the local media, French and English alike, stood together on this issue and defended the performers' right to perform.
This is one of those rare moments in Québec where common sense has actually prevailed over nationalistic rhetoric.