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The Tweet That Shook Jacob Hoggard’s World

Hedley's frontman faces three sexual offence charges and is to appear in a Toronto court Thursday.

The Tweet That Shook Jacob Hoggard’s World

By David Farrell

It started with a tweet by @Cdnpsycho on February 25 when an Ottawa woman accused Hedley frontman and singer Jacob Hoggard of inappropriately grabbing her buttocks outside a bar in Manitoba three years ago, and that comment boomeranged across social media.


It also brought forward other allegations from women and suddenly the poster boy of Canadian pop found himself generating unwanted headlines in world media, abandoned by his manager, his agent, blacklisted by commercial radio stations and the band’s upcoming performance delisted on the spring Juno telecast.

On Monday the controversy became a criminal matter when a Toronto police Sex Crimes Unit investigation of the singer’s alleged behavior led to formal charges in three instances.

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Charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm, it is alleged that on three dates in 2016, Hoggard met with two women on separate occasions and that he committed sexual assault on both of them.

He is now scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on Thursday.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward as they are concerned there may be other victims.

Last week, Hoggard’s lawyer denied any wrongdoing but admitted to “reckless and dismissive” treatment of women in the past.

BlogTo offers some good coverage about Hoggard, plus an assortment of reactions from fans and detractors.

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Danny Clinch

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Pearl Jam Hosting Listening Parties at These Indie Record Stores in Canada

Ahead of their Dark Matter album release on April 19, the Seattle band is bringing their new record to record stores in select locations.

Seattle rockers Pearl Jam are shedding some light on Dark Matter.

The '90s icons are releasing their 12th full-length next Friday, April 19, but Canadian fans can get an advance listen at four independent record stores around the country this Sunday. On April 14, the band is hosting listening parties in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax and Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. (Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu is about a half hour drive for Montreal fans).

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