Valentina Lisitsa won’t be coming to Greater Toronto after all

Valentina Lisitsa wearing the St.George's ribbon, which has been adopted as a symbol of the Russian-instigated hybrid war in Ukraine

Valentina Lisitsa wearing the St.George's ribbon, which has been adopted as a symbol of the Russian-instigated hybrid war in Ukraine 

2015/05/03 • News

Article by: Arts Against Aggression

In the age when fame can be created overnight on Youtube and reputations ruined also overnight on Twitter, it would be not be reasonable to expect that the April 6 story of Valentina Lisitsa’s cancelled concert at the Roy Thomson Hall just ended then and there. It didn’t. Everything surrounding Valentina Lisitsa seems to have an element of internet soap opera.

First, there were several unsuccessful attempts to find her a venue in Toronto. Then on April 24 came the news about two upcoming concerts in Oakville. It was packaged as a fundraiser for two charities — the Noah’s Ark Wetlands Foundation and the Canadian Journalists Defence Fund. Both were represented by a Cambridge-area property developer Les Holdway, who is a director of both charities.

No one ever heard of the journalists defence fund, and the only time it was mentioned was on Les Holdway’s Twitter feed (@LesHoldway), who announced the creation of the fund on March 9, 2015. The Wetlands Foundation did exist (895162113RR0001), but its charitable status was revoked by CRA in 2013 for non-filing of returns. The returns for 2004-2010 are all blank (no activity), and the last active year we know about was 2003, when the charity collected a grand total of $1,040.00. The blog of the foundation was not updated since 2010.

For musicians who defended Lisitsa on the musicality-above-politics grounds, the dates of the concerts (May 8 and May 9) should have given a pause. It is no secret, that the pro-Putin activists use WWII celebrations as a rallying opportunity.

The venue of the concerts was The Meeting House — a modern, evangelist-style church, whose largest hall has 1,700 seats. This is a lot, even for Valentina Lisitsa. To put things into perspective, the Roy Thompson Hall has about 2,600 seats, and when Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi gave a single concert in May 2014, it was only about 60% full, which is about 1,500 sold tickets (and some of them were discounted). The Meeting House did not know that Lisitsa was to perform until after the rental agreements with the two charities were signed.

The thing with Internet is — if something is available for free (as Lisitsa’s Youtube clips), it is difficult to start charging a price. This proved to be the case here. On April 29, Les Holdway announced through an interview with Michael Vincent that the two charities agreed to merge the fundraisers, cancelling the May 9 concert. On a good authority, we can say that the cancellation of the May 9 concert was primarily due to poor ticket sales. Youtube fame does not easily convert into dollars and cents, even for a charity cause.

That article mentioned that Steinway Toronto was going to donate a grand piano for the concert. People who are familiar with that brand and what it stands for were much surprised. After checking the facts, it turned out that the claim was not true — Steinway did not donate the piano, as the only person who has the authority to approve such donations didn’t know about this. The interviewer (Michael Vincent) confirmed that that is exactly what he heard from Les Holdway — that the piano will be provided free of charge. We leave it to readers to speculate who was misleading whom here.

And finally, yesterday, on May 2, Les Holdway cancelled the May 8 concert through his Twitter feed as well, citing “community concern” and the fact that this event is no longer about music alone. All his tweets about Lisitsa and the promised grand piano were deleted. Given that there is no visible connection between him and the Valentina Lisitsa’s support groups, I tend to think that Les Holdway didn’t realize what he is getting into. For example, the idea to give the concerts on May 8 and 9 could not have come from him. It must have been suggested by someone more concerned about political vindication than the art itself. People who really cared about Valentina Lisitsa’s musical career should have waited until she retracted some of her offensive tweets, and then attempt to rebuild her reputation on a musical, not political foundation. Sadly, Valentina Lisitsa is not apologetic. Perhaps she knows that it is easier to claim persecution than to compete with thousands of talented and motivated competitors.

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  • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

    Perhaps she should limit her concerts to the Russian federation where she would be appreciated … also this hypocrite should reside there. Typical russian, she shows no honesty or integrity.

    • Michaelinlondon1234

      The only good American is a dead American. I f you find one in your country you know what to do.

      • Jack McColley

        Paid filthy mouthed troll

        • Michaelinlondon1234

          Nop I do this because you are such a small minded evil bunch of bastxrds

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            Au contraire, WE support a sovereign European state that wants to become free and democratic.
            YOU, on the other hand, support a frustrated, megalomaniac demented dwarf who is an evil fascist dictator.

            So, just WHO is the small-minded evil bastxrd???

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            WHO (World health organisation) sat on its hands for 6-8 months while the Ebola epidemic kicked of and did not respond in any way. Though they had been notified it was a major problem. Yes and I think they are an evil bunch of aholes too.
            Au contraire, WE support a sovereign European state….Singular…..and sums it up. How much have the US spent buying EU politicians over the years? How much has the US spent on building US military bases all over Europe?.How much has the US spent on EU officer training (Grooming).
            We had a judge in the UK like you folk….He sodamised children for decades. They knew about it and did nothing. Discussed in court just recently….No prosecution due to dementia.
            The only thing I support is someone/ any one nuking Washington.
            I would even be quite happy if a pissed off tech in the US jamed a set of nuclear fuel rods and shorted the safeties out. better yet some one hacking all the reactors in the US and setting them to go of at the same time.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            What’s with your obsession with nukes, old boy? Did you receive an overdose of radiation to the brain at Mayak or some other Russian nuclear disaster zone, perhaps?

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            The US is quite happy to use depleted uranium all over the middle east when it carpet bombs cities. I figure lets just make the whole world to toxic for humanity fast.

        • Michel Cloarec

          Worth , he does ´not do for money ! Who pay for his shit ?

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            Exactly.

      • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

        You appear to be very agitated, you really should stay on your meds!

        • Michaelinlondon1234

          Agitated? after four and a half years of deaths squads trained by the US government and fuel air bombs……Mmmmm Now my only prayer each night is for someone/Any one to nuke Washington.

          • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

            And yet, much like most hypocrites, you don’t appear to reside in your beloved RF. Not good enough for you? As for your evil thoughts and prayers, perhaps you should increase the dosage.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            The thought of a hundred K nuke going of over Washington is far more pleasant. I am sure there is enough pxssed of people in the US that would agree with me.

          • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

            sadly, you appear to be far more disturbed than I can comprehend. Seek treatment in moscow, I hear they have clinics for people like you…

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            Why when it is evil small intolerant minded people like you that make me wish for humanity to end?

          • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

            well, ok then.

          • Brent

            Does Satan answer you?

          • Michel Cloarec

            Secret news about our loving Cassandra. She is a french journalist , opportunist she is on all the different sites , has opinions about everything and nothing. In french she is called
            ESSAYIST but I don´t know if it means the same in english.
            Young bitch putin lover ! Makes money writing small books.
            That how she looks !

        • Jack McColley

          Frankly, I’m shocked they give him access to a computer at the institution where he is caged.

  • Dignity

    Nobody in Canada wants to be associated with hate and violence promoters. I can not believe what a dark soul Lisitsa is.

    • Michaelinlondon1234

      I think some one should nuke washington. I think you are all asholes.

      • Eddy Verhaeghe

        May I say that your response isn’t very dignified?

        • Michaelinlondon1234

          If I was to give the state department in the US the choice of investing in 40 million dollars of infrastructure or bombing Iraq/Syria (One days worth of bombs) …. They would choose the bombs.
          Invest in familyplaning or recruite a batalion of merceneries to killfor them…….They choose the mercenaries. France and Britain no different.
          This state department propaganda site…….
          I so hope the drought in California turns in to a hundred year disaster and every one starts feeling the full effects of GMO and fall out from all those nukes already tested in the US.
          I can not think of a single thing nice to say about the US government and its slide in to true evil.

          • On the Balcony

            Gee Michael, are you already suffering “the full effects” of all that GMO and nuke tests or are you just constipated?

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            400 years of industrialisation polutants, Millions of litres/Gallons of burnt aviation fuel each year over the Thames valley in London. Not sure which is worse. I think I prefer London to the US.
            Our food might be rubbish but it is not modified rubbish yet.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            All you have to do to eat decently is cross the Channel, old boy. Whatever else one may say about the Frogs, they don’t serve soggy chips and mushy peas!
            And Ukrainian food isn’t bad either.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            Channel sums it up. Close to the most expensive transport in Europe. Then they hit you at the crossing for a fortune.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            You really should go back to school to improve your history and arithmetic, old boy- or demand your school fees back. The Industrial Revolution started in the late 18th century, and not around the Thames Valley but up north. So that makes it at most 200 years of industrial pollutants, not 400.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            We were using lead pipes for water for over a thousand years.
            The only reason they started upgrading the sewers was because they could not sit in parliament because of the smell and that was mid 1800’s. It is also why every one drank beer. London has had industry for centuries. Plague pits…Still active.
            I took a picture of the edge of the Thames a few months ago and it looked like a thai wonton soup with a mud- slime base. If you ever fall in have a tetnus shot.

  • Dalton

    I hear Moscow has open dates.

    • Jack McColley

      So does Donbas, but Moscow would not work. Even today, they appreciate talent, and she has none.

  • Joe S

    So far, she is playing in Calgary, in June. Hopefully, CPO cancels her also. She rants and raves about freedom of speech, maybe she should rant and rave about giving the people in Crimea and Donbas the same freedom of speech. She nothing but a fricking hypocrite. She lives in the US and enjoys all the freedom she wants, maybe she should go back to where she came from.

    • Michaelinlondon1234

      I thought George bush had sold the statue of liberty in 2001 for scrap metal?

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        It’s still there, old boy. And unlike the US, Russia never had liberty in the first place, never mind a Statue of Liberty. All it has is statues of tyrants and mass murderers, Lenin and Stalin first and foremost. Then there are statues of Dzerzhinsky, Goloshchekin, Uritsky………

    • gmab

      I’m surprised that might still be on. Alberta has a huge Ukrainian population.

      • disqus_aJpixObjG7

        Please
        Send this or similar email to the Calgary Philharmonic directors, just copy and paste

        [email protected]

        Attention

        Ms Ann
        Lewis Luppino CEO and president of the Calgary Philharmonic, Calgary Canada

        Ms Heather
        Slater, spokesperson et al.

        Directors of the Calgary Philharmonic,

        Your dismissive, disdainful and ill-considered decision to
        engage the ethnic Russian Valentina Lisitsa (who holds a Ukrainian passport) is
        indeed shocking and insulting- not just to the entire Ukrainian people but to
        all people, especially to people of culture. It is unworthy and disillusioning.
        The Calgary Philharmonic really must consider making a worthy decision and
        statement (by a senior member) to repair this blemish on its dignity.

        Valentina Lisitsa is an artist who takes an ACTIVIST,
        PUBLIC position that supports the invasion of sovereign independent
        states, military
        aggression, neo-fascism, neo-nazism, anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic and
        cultural cleansing, torture, murder of news correspondents and homosexuals as
        well as mass bloodshed against innocent civilians as is occurring in East
        Ukraine and Crimea.

        She should be led to know specifically by you and your
        team, Madam Lewis-Luppino, that she and her ilk cannot then hide from responsibility
        behind their art. Nor has any cultural institution such as the Calgary
        Philharmonic the right to hide such persons behind its skirts.

        Lisitsa’s
        fomenting of genocide goes beyond any semblance of mere “opinion” or “free
        speech.”

        Do you not
        understand that Ms Lisitsa is indeed an alleged criminal? Hate speech advocating ethnic and racial
        hatred and genocide is criminalized by the UN charter and the laws of all
        Western civilized nations including those of Canada.

        You,
        Ms Lewis-Luppino have no right to flout
        Canadian law and the moral compass of all Canadians by supporting such
        activity. You need to take an unequivocal stand.

        It is
        utterly mind-boggling that the Calgary Philharmonic cannot understand the
        difference between political discourse and a call to racial hatred and
        genocide. Please come to your senses and stand up for art, culture and truth.

        Ms. Lisitsa has made her choice and should bear the consequences
        as persona non-grata. It is important that this self-admitted racist and
        neo-fascist not be allowed to perform anywhere in the West, which she so
        fervently hates and fights against with the lethal weapon of lies, libel and
        propaganda, aimed against the very nations which nurtured her, viz. Ukraine and
        the West.

        Lisitsa’s active participation as a war propagandist in
        Russia’s invasion of the West is anathema to all cultured, democratic and
        morally oriented people. Such an individual has no place on the stage of the CPO.

        Please address this important issue consequently and
        morally. In the name of art, culture and humanity cancel any performance of an unrepentant,
        unapologetic Lisitsa.

        Sincerely,

        Your name

    • disqus_aJpixObjG7

      Lisitsa’s active participation as a war propagandist in Russia’s
      invasion of the West is anathema to all cultured, democratic and morally
      oriented people. Such an individual has no place on the stage of the CPO.

  • Devon Summer

    This organizer sounds like a shady operator, fake charities and ‘free’ Steinway pianos and all. Good investigative work in this article.

    • Jack McColley

      The organizer is probably the Russian Government.

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    “lisitsa” translated to English means “female fox” or VIXEN.
    This russian VIXEN, not a Ukrainian, holds a Ukrainian passport.

    She got all her education ,benefits, mentorship from the UKRAININAN people. How does she repay Ukraine?

    By ACTIVELY calling for the mass-murder of Ukraininans and the DESTRUCTION of the Ukrainian people and state by fascist/nazi mass-murdering raping criminal russian dregs.

    This VIXEN lives a caviar lifestyle in the West where she is feted and adored by those people who hate UKRAINE and “understand” putin, viz. the majority of Western media.

    This CRIMINAL traitorous fascist VIXEN by her fomenting of genocide goes beyond any semblance of “free speech.” She is factually a criminal because hate speech advocating ethnic and racial hatred and genocide is prohibited by the UN charter and the laws of all Western civilized nations.

    It is important that this murderous VIXEN never, ever again be allowed to perform anywhere in the West which she so fervently hates.

    She must be limited to play only for putin and his fascist genocidal cronies.
    PFUI! what nazi russian filth! And to think that the Western media are all on her side as well as all the directors of New York Metropolitan Opera who “proudly” support her toxic murderous racist fascist genocidal outlooks as “free speech” (who all HATE Ukraine as a Nazi/”Banderite” state and applaud her concerts . PFUI! to these criminals who try to hide under a veneer of “culture”.

    • Jack McColley

      She would be a good partner for Putin, but maybe not, she’s too old, and she’s not a little boy.

      • Michaelinlondon1234

        Just because you like fucking children does not mean every one else does.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          The demented dwarf probably does, old boy. There are vids of him suddenly kissing a little boy on the stomach, then dashing off inside the Kremlin- as if he suddenly realised what he had done in public. There are also rumours of the KGB not daring to send him outside the Warsaw Pact area because he was strongly suspected of pedophile tendencies. Instead, he was sent to the GDR where he spent his day cutting articles from West German publications. Hardly a colonel’s job, is it- more something a corporal could do.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            You are getting it mixed up with US senators giving children blow jobs during elections

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        Alina’s children are probably of a good age for the dwarf. She’d better watch them like a hawk when Daddy the Dwarf visits his secret family.

    • Michaelinlondon1234

      As you quite rightly point out every one is rich in the USA compared to Europe so please emigrate to the USA.

  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    Listisa- you “vixen”: you disgusting, shameless nazi/putinist russian activist for genocide against the Ukrainian people who nurtured you: ти, смердуцча назистка-фасцистка бандитска катсапска собака скоро скоро погибнесч

  • Michel Cloarec

    Did she “blacklisted” herself ? Maybe she is not that stupid after all !
    I think that the canadians like the frenchs buy eggs and tomatoes right outside the theaters . Hi Ho HI ! FUN !

  • Vol Ya

    It is good to see that this russian fascist will not be spreading her hatred in Ontario. Now we need to see that she is banned from performing in Alberta as well. All attention needs to be focused on the Calgary symphony to ensure that they also ban this russian propaganda machine from performing there.

    • Michaelinlondon1234

      You sum up why I hope in hell Ukrainian citizens do not come to the UK.
      If you are from Ukraine….emigrate to Alberta in Canada…They will welcome you with open arms.

      • Brent

        Yes they will.

        You on the other hand are likely already on ‘no fly’ lists.

        • Michaelinlondon1234

          They banned me from flying when the neonazi anti smoking brigade shut down airlines to smokers. The Upside No more exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation from flying at 35 thousand feet.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            Not true, old boy. You can still fly, even if you are a smoker. Only you aren’t permitted to smoke during the flight.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            aren’t permitted to smoke during the flight………Which part of your own statement did you not understand?

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Hear, hear! Might be worth sending letters to Alberta newspapers and pointing out what kind of racist person this Koloradka is. She craves attention, but I’m sure not THAT kind of attention!

    • Michaelinlondon1234

      I think you need to help the Zionists move all the Jewish people out of Canada to Israel. Then start on the Catholics.

  • Vol Ya
  • disqus_aJpixObjG7

    “lisitsa” translated to English means “female fox” or VIXEN.
    This russian VIXEN, not a Ukrainian, holds a Ukrainian passport.

    She got all her education ,benefits and mentorship from the UKRAINIAN people!

    How does she repay Ukraine?

    This russian repays the people that NURTURED and FURTHERED HER By ACTIVELY calling for the mass-murder of Ukrainians and the total DESTRUCTION
    of the Ukrainian people and state by fascist/nazi mass-murdering raping
    criminal russian dregs.

    This VIXEN lives a caviar lifestyle in the West where she is feted and adored by those people who hate UKRAINE and “understand” putin, viz. the majority of Western media.
    She HATES the West that gives her her MARIE ANTOINETTE LIFESTYLE.

    This CRIMINAL traitorous fascist VIXEN, by her fomenting of genocide, goes
    beyond any semblance of “free speech.”

    She is factually a criminal because hate speech advocating ethnic and racial hatred and genocide is prohibited by the UN charter and the laws of all Western civilized
    nations. She advocates genocide of the UKRAINIAN people.

    It is important that this murderous fascist russian trash VIXEN never, EVER again be allowed to perform anywhere in the West which she so fervently hates.

    She must be limited to play only for putin and his fascist genocidal cronies.

    PFUI!what nazi russian filth!

    And to think that the Western media are all on her side- as well as all the directors of New York Metropolitan Opera who “proudly” support her toxic murderous racist fascist genocidal outlooks as “free speech” (these directors who OPENLY all HATE Ukraine as a Nazi/”Banderite” state and applaud her concerts ).

    PFUI! to these criminals who try to hide under a veneer of “culture”.

    In spite of all this “cultured” new York communist/fascist/nazi TRASH Ukraine will indeed prevail.

  • Dirk Smith

    Yikes! She’s the poster child for the cosmetics industry. Ugly fascist.

    • misusan

      article by: Arts Against Aggression… aka mongol bitch

    • Jack McColley

      The “before” picture, nol the “after.”

      • Dirk Smith

        Exactly.

  • misusan

    Putin got talent. killing people on a flight/

  • puttypants

    The woman sounds deranged. I’m writing to President Obama not to let this vicious prapagandist in to the USA. Let her return to the homeland she loves so much. USA doesn’t need fascists.

    • Brent

      She is already a resident of North Carolina and moved to the U.S. in 1992. Likely another of the “I hate the evil Liberal West, but choose to live in its safety” hypocrates.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentina_Lisitsa

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        If she still is a Ukrainian citizen she can be deported. She can’t have dual US and Ukrainian citizenship because Ukrainian law does not permit dual citizenship.

      • Jack McColley

        If you notice closely, Mr. filthy mouth’s posts have all been deleted. One small victory for decent comments.

    • Racquel

      Add to the letter Gabrelyanov, son of owner of LifeNews propagandists, who moved to US recently and is seeking to exploit media to further the RF cause. CC your senator.

    • Oknemfrod

      Don’t waste time – she’s a US citizen, and whatever she says, she has a right to say it and cannot be locked out of the country based on that, no matter how abominable what she is saying is. That she’s decided to ruin her hard-earned musical career and reputation by posting mindless tweets and buying hook, line, and sinker into Putler’s agitprop is her choice, and from all I see, she keeps obdurately digging in.
      Her homeland is Ukraine, specifically Kyjv, but I doubt she considers it her homeland anymore and gives a flying horse squeeze about returning there. I bet, though, that with the kolorado rag on her lapel, she is welcome in Moscow any time.

    • Jack McColley

      He cannot stop her entry. She’s an idiot, but under US law she has committed no crime.

      • Michel Cloarec

        Is it not a crime to be stupid ? Law has to be changed ASAP

    • disqus_aJpixObjG7

      She lisitsa-vixen LIVES IN THE USA where she is honored, feted and supported by the “cultural” establishment of the USA, such as the METROPOLITAN OPERA, who “PROUDLY” support her and all the other trash putinist russian genocidals such as ANNA NETREBKO ET AL.

      Lisitsa, netrebko et al live their MARIE ANTOINETTE LIFESTYLES on kilos of caviar in the West which they hate, and have their nazi putinist feet slobbered on by the “cultural” NEW YORK elite.

      This “elite” has made it known LOUD & CLEAR to the world: ” we spit on UKRAINE and its aspirations. We support those who flog the dead donkey of “fascist Ukraine”. We support the arrest and imprisonment of anyone who protests at a concert of Lisitsa (means “VIXEN” in English) and NETREBKO (means “not needed” in English).

      Such is the West and its “cultural” leaders who, like iron to a magnet, have always worshiped whatever murderous TRASH occupies/occupied the Kremlin- therefore, for them too, a free sovereign UKRAINE is ANATHEMA…

      • puttypants

        It’s always been obvious the cultural elite in the west are communists always have been always will be. They believe in totalitarism. I live in America I’ve seen it coming for many, many years. We will become a totalitarian country. Our family is looking where to move next. However, I hope the people that are forced to go under communism make sure this cultural elite also doesn’t have a penny just like the rest of the people.

        • disqus_aJpixObjG7

          greetings puttypants!

      • Michaelinlondon1234

        This is why everyone who finds an American in there country should kill them

  • The truth

    Collaborators to a regime which supports terrorism should be treated as terrorists !
    International law prevail !

    • Michaelinlondon1234

      Completely agree every one should shoot Americans on sight.

  • Paul Pourdieu

    Lisitsa should emigrate to Russia and help build Democracy there!

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      What! And be paid in worthless rubles???? You jest!

  • Michel Cloarec

    OK the bitch will not appear, they don´t want to see her !

  • Jack McColley

    She likes attention, any way she can get it. So sad for such a “beautiful” woman.

    • Michel Cloarec

      The beauty is not only on the outside – Uggly bitch

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      I can think of several Ukrainian women worthy of the adjective “beautiful”- Ruslana, Yulia for instance- but Lisitsa most definitely isn’t on that list as far as I’m concerned. She makes Twiggy look good.

  • Michaelinlondon1234

    More bulshit anti Russian propaganda.

  • l Holdway

    It was valentina herself that pursued the “free” piano” replacing the rental we already had in place, except free didnt include delivery, tuning or pick up. There was also 120k liability insurance for the time the piano was onsite, and 5 million event liability for a bill well over 1k for the night

  • Paul Pourdieu

    Yes, but it’s for the love of her Mat’ Radnaja and Putler!