Aretha Franklin cancels Toronto show for health reasons

The Queen of Soul, 75, will skip her planned performance at this weekend’s Toronto Jazz Festival

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Aretha Franklin has canceled a July 1 concert in Toronto due to health concerns.

Franklin’s show at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts was shelved “as per doctor’s orders,” according to the venue’s website. She will make up the show, part of the Toronto Jazz Festival, on June 28, 2018, promoters say.

Franklin performed a free concert in Detroit earlier this month, and left the hometown audience with an ominous message. “God bless you, God keep you,” the Queen of Soul told fans after her headlining performance at the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend. She then told the crowd, “Keep me in your prayers.”

Franklin appeared physically frail at the show and had to sit down for a portion of her performance. Her concert was delayed by one hour, and she was helped to the stage by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, whom she embraced at the close of the concert.

Franklin, 75, has a handful of upcoming shows on her touring docket. She is due in Vienna, Virginia, on July 29, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on Aug. 19, in Philadelphia on Aug. 26 and outside of Chicago on Sept. 3.

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