Toronto’s Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras went out of business abruptly after a body-shaming email sent to a select group of singers went viral. The email stated that the orchestras would only work with “fit and slim” vocalists and those who follow their conservative dress guidelines. The message went on to say that instrumental musicians were not required to look physically fit and slim since they are “essentially background wallpaper.”
The Sheraton Orchestras Group operated 10 boutique orchestras that performed at weddings, galas, fundraisers, and corporate functions in Toronto. When the story went viral, many people shared negative past experiences working with the orchestras, including musicians who felt they were unfairly paid and exploited.