SAN DIEGO — The Tenors, a vocal quartet asked to sing the Canadian national anthem before the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego, issued an apology on Tuesday night after one member held up an “All Lives Matter” sign during the performance and changed the song’s lyrics to include the phrase.
The lyrics of “O Canada” were changed from “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free!” to “We’re all brothers and sisters, All lives matter to the great.”
The performance was only shown in Canada and was not included in the FOX broadcast in the U.S.
On Tuesday night, the group issued a statement and blamed the entire incident on the “lone wolf” member, Remigio Pereira. In the statement, the group said he will not perform with the group “until further notice.”
Here’s the full statement:
“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.”
Correction: The Tenors altered O Canada lyrics in support of All Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/Q0i6qqLB4Y
— Bill Cooney (@BillCooney) July 13, 2016
— The Tenors (@TenorsMusic) July 13, 2016
Why The Tenors chose to re-write the Canadian national anthem is beyond me. I'm speechless. #ASG
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) July 13, 2016
What a remarkably stupid thing to do: The Tenors changed the words of O Canada, their national anthem, at the ASG. https://t.co/CNJiS8i2Dv
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 13, 2016
I'm not sure who the Tenors are, but maybe, next time, use the words as written for the Canadian anthem.
— Bluebird Banter (@bluebirdbanter) July 13, 2016