Hamilton’s Syrian Refugees Displaced by Garth Brooks Fans

The Syrian refugee crisis has become one of the largest, most heart-wrenching stories of our time, and now a large group of refugees living in Hamilton, Ontario will be forced to move yet again. This time, it’s not a civil war forcing them out but instead a Garth Brooks concert.

Beginning tonight (March 24) and running until Sunday, Brooks will take residence at the FirstOntario Centre. Tickets for the initial show sold out in 45 minutes, and an additional four were added.

In other words, there’s a massive amount of Garth Brooks fans about to descend on Hamilton. They’ve booked up a great deal of the city’s hotel rooms, meaning some 200 Syrian refugees will be moved out of the city.

h/t Waffle

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Why can’t we put all of these so-called refugees into a medically induced coma and then simply wake them up when it’s time for them to go back home?

    • Heh;)

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        My plan would work, be cost effective, and solve all sorts of problems. like them walking around and blowing-up stuff.

        • G

          I think it’s a GREAT idea! Only, put them to sleep for 20 minutes and tell them it’s been 3 years.
          “Ok time for you to go!”
          —“Wow! It feels like I just laid down a moment ago!”
          “Yeah! Weird huh? Ok hurry. You don’t want to miss the boat!”

    • john700

      Since the Canadian voters seem to be in a self-induced coma, probably the refugees will never go home.

  • ismiselemeas

    You mean they didn’t get comped free tickets?

    • barryjr

      Don’t give PM Selfie any ideas.

    • john700

      Another reason for them to hate the Western civilization.

  • LauraS

    Good. Send all the Muslim “refugees”–I’m sure 99.9% of them–back to Syria.

    I might just have to become a fan of Garth Brooks!

    • Waffle

      My sentiments exactly. I had no idea there were so many GB fans in Hamilton and environs. Can you imagine the crowd if they booked a real country singer?

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  • Maggat

    I’m not sure who Garth Brooks is , but if he can move the refugees out of town perhaps we need a battalion of Garth Brookses to move them back from whence they came.

    • Waffle

      Thanks for raising this point. Brooks sang his way to fame during the 1980’s when the whole idea of the urban cowboy swept North America and “New Country” became chic.

      Even sophisticated Toronto had a downtown Country Club that taught wannabes how to line dance and two-step. The fad quickly faded but it seems Hamilton embraced and kept it, even opening a couple of southern-style BBQ joints. Maybe it’s because of its blue-collar demographics. (just a guess).

      But I’ve noticed that in the past year, classic country is making a comeback. Even Cyndi Lauper (Girls Just want to have fu-un) has come out with a new album — all country!

      My theory about Country’s revival is this: as we become increasingly diverse demographically, there is a yearning for the old familiar music. For those of us who came of age in the 50s and 60s, the music we listened to on the radio was an incredible mixture of Country (Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Hank Williams to name just a few), Elvis, Little Richard and early Beatles, girl groups (The Supremes), folk — literally everything. That was way before the programmers decided they had to slot the music into categories (whatever didn’t fit was labelled “Alternative”).

      I don’t know about you, but I just can’t relate to the coma-inducing techno-style “music”. We used to know the words to the songs. Not now.

      Country in particular taps into the demographic roots of North America (English, Irish, Scottish). It tells stories we can relate to. It has lyrics, some of which are pure poetry, that strike a chord.

      I wouldn’t mind going to Hamilton this weekend. Not so much to hear Brooks (although I must admit I did buy one of his albums), but to scope our to the audience and their reaction. It will be interesting to read the reviews.

  • dagawker

    Garth Brooks for leader of our nation!

  • Alain

    “One of the largest, most heart-wrenching stories of our time”. Such total BS. Who comes up with such outrageous rubbish?

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  • chayisun

    So sad. A good place to send them would be to Ottawa and to Justin’s place of residence. I’m sure his joint has enough rooms. The Syrians kids could play with Justin’s brat.

    • Gary

      Justin can sell his $1 million classic Benz to feed them and house them .

  • Brian Jones

    I’d much rather bring in 50,000 Garth Brooks fans.