In a surprising move, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invited pop superstar Taylor Swift to visit Canada and perform at a special concert in Ottawa. The invitation comes after Swift announced that she would be postponing her Lover Fest tour until 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Trudeau, who is a self-proclaimed fan of Swift, said that he wanted to show his appreciation for her music and her advocacy for various causes, such as LGBTQ+ rights, women’s empowerment, and climate change. He also said that he hoped to boost the morale of Canadians who have been struggling with the lockdowns and restrictions imposed by the health crisis.
“I know that many Canadians are feeling lonely, anxious, and depressed during these challenging times,” Trudeau said in a statement. “That’s why I think it’s important to celebrate the things that bring us joy and hope, like music. And who better to do that than Taylor Swift, one of the most talented and inspiring artists of our generation?”
Trudeau added that he was confident that Swift would not have ‘another cruel summer’ in Canada, referring to one of her hit songs from her album Lover. He said that he had arranged for her to stay at a luxurious hotel in downtown Ottawa, where she would be treated with the utmost respect and hospitality. He also said that he had secured a venue for her concert, which would be held at the Canadian Tire Centre on July 31st.
The concert, which Trudeau dubbed as ‘Lover Fest Canada’, would be open to all Canadians who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Tickets would be distributed through a lottery system, with priority given to frontline workers, essential workers, and vulnerable groups. Trudeau said that he hoped that the concert would be a ‘safe and fun’ event that would showcase Canada’s diversity and solidarity.
“I’m thrilled to invite Taylor Swift to Canada and to share her music with millions of Canadians,” Trudeau said. “I think she will love our country and our people, and I hope she will accept my invitation. Together, we can make this summer a memorable one for everyone.”