The Zac Brown Band wasn’t meant for Colder Weather.
Despite performing in Canada for more than a decade, including twice this year, the Grammy-winning group was denied entry into the country on Thursday night.
“Every time we’ve come to Canada we’ve been at the mercy of a single border agent who decides who is allowed to work,” singer Zac Brown wrote on Facebook. “Unfortunately not everyone was able to make it into the country last night.”
Brown revealed that some of the crew had charges against them more than 10 years ago, which led to a Canadian Border Patrol agent arresting the group.
The band was scheduled to play at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Friday night.
Rogers Arena said the show was canceled due to “unforeseen logistical issues,” according to its website. The venue refunded all ticket holders after the abrupt cancellation.
While the band probably could have continued with their planned show in the Canadian seaport, they chose to honor their connections and put Canada in their rearview mirror for the “Out In The Middle” tour.
“We are a family, a tribe,” Brown said. “We stick together and support each other and we never leave anyone behind.”
The country music troupe will have a quick turnaround and play in Portland, Oregon on Saturday night.
The tour began April 22 and will run through November 19, originally consisting of stops in 31 cities in 22 states and provinces.
After playing in Portland, Zac Brown Band will end their West Coast journey with concerts in Los Angeles, Oakland, California and Phoenix.
“As a group that prides itself on performing with enthusiasm and professionalism, we will always play where we are welcome and appreciated, and we are truly sorry that we cannot be there tonight,” Brown wrote.