Blood Concert in Toronto-Islamic Regime’s Cultural Ambassadors at Roy Thomson Hall


Sayeh Hassan
by Sayeh Hassan

“The Masters of Persian Music” featuring Hosseing Alizadeh, Kayhan Kalhor and Hamid Reza Noubakhsh are having a concert at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto at 6:30 pm on Friday February 5th 2010.

The Islamic Regime in Iran through Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, known as “Ministry of Censorship” has been restricting and censoring artists inside the country for the past 30 years. Iranian Artists inside Iran cannot publish their art such as books, records, films, and must apply and receive the approval by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The suppression of “freedom of expression” and the state of censorship in Iran has had generated extremely difficult atmosphere for the artist which has led to the creation of “Underground Cinema/Arts” in Iran.

Also, while the Islamic Regime is busy arresting, torturing, raping and murdering dissidents in Iran, it also organizes concerts, film festivals and other cultural events to try to show a “civilized and humane side” of the Islamic Regime to the International Community. The Regime has been using these types of cultural and artistic events as propaganda to convince the International Community that it respects the Rights of Iranian Artists and their Rights to Freedom of Expression. 

In light of the suppression of Freedom of Expression imposed on Iranian Society, artists, and arts community by Islamic Regime and the great restrictions and censorship put on Iranian independent artists inside Iran by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, We urge all freedom loving Canadians and Iranians in Toronto to show their solidarity with the freedom loving Iranians by boycotting this concert. 

A protest is being organized by independent activists and dissidents in front of the Thomson Hall on Friday night and we urge all freedom loving Canadians to join us in voicing our opposition for the Islamic Regime and its’ “cultural events.”

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


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I don't get it. To me, it's sheer hypocrisy.

by benross on

You're right. You don't get it.


You're expecting too much of this girl

by میرزاقلندر on

Leave her alone, for God's sake, she's coming from a prorogued democracy!!!

Sargord Pirouz

So let me get this straight.

by Sargord Pirouz on

So let me get this straight. You're opposed to artistic restrictions in Iran. Yet, when a group of Iranian artists come to Canada, you seek to impose your own form of restriction through active encouragement of boycott.

I don't get it. To me, it's sheer hypocrisy. In its own way, yours is a form of artistic censorship for the sake of politics.

These artists are not coming forth with a performance base on politics. Yet you would deny their art based on your own sense of politics.

You're no better than those you seek to oppose. Don't you see that?

This effort of yours is nothing but another embarrassment committed by the diaspora. 



by yolanda on

I watched a video on IC last week that a green protester in green scarf presented the Iranian symphony conductor with flowers. The conductor picked up the flowers and raised his arm in the is a great moment......maybe someone can do the same at the is a form of peaceful protest....

Thank you for sharing!