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Grimes cancels shows due to hearing problems

By | Published on Thursday 18 October 2012


Grimes’ Claire Boucher has called off a trio of live shows in her native Canada this month, blaming tinnitus and loss of hearing.

Boucher – who despite her aural ills apparently kept a date at Vancouver’s Commodore last night, and is still billed to begin her North American tour in Minneapolis on 22 Oct – confirmed the cancellations via Twitter on Tuesday. “Hey guys, so sorry for the cancelled shows. I’m having trouble with hearing loss, tinnitus and am trying to stay away from loud music for a bit”, she tweeted, adding: “Am still planning to finish the tour and will try to get back to Canada asap”.

The above updates probably won’t impact Grimes’ English fans – aka the ones going to her single GB stopover at Bristol’s Motion on 13 Nov – though it should remind everyone that tinnitus can affect us all. With that in mind, you might like to read Xfm DJ Eddy Temple-Morris’s recent CMU column on the topic, in which he also launched a new campaign to create a compilation featuring tracks from artists who suffer from tinnitus. Proceeds from the record will go to the British Tinnitus Association in order to help to provide support for sufferers and conduct research into possible cures.