“I wanted to see Jennifer Hudson. I'm not interested in the rest of it because it's all people I don't know... There's going to be a lot of people (fans) who don't know she's not coming," Beverley Relfe told the Ottawa Citizen.
Explaining the reason behind her unavailability, Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan said, "She unfortunately had a movie offer and couldn't make it... It's unfortunate, but we have like 250 acts, some of them do cancel for whatever reason."