A Toronto man arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot the city’s mayoral candidates received funding from the City of Toronto in 2013 via a grant program dedicated to funding local artists.

A Toronto Arts Council 2013 Allocations funding document lists the accused, Junior Francois Lavagesse, as the recipient of a $1,000 microgrant from the City through a “Arts for Children and Youth” fund.

A video posted to Lavagesse’s YouTube channel, titled “16 Bars,” on May 28, 2014 also references the Toronto Arts Council microgrant. Lavagesse also went under the stage name “Jae Legit” and was a performer in the local Toronto rap scene.

On Thursday, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) arrested Lavagesse and charged him with two counts of weapons dangerous, carrying a concealed weapon, uttering threats and failure to comply with a recognizance.

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