Great Canadian Beer Expo cancelled amid ticket controversy
Jonathan Brett, organizer of Newfoundland's Mud Immortal run, promises refund by end of January
The Nova Scotia instalments of a beer tasting event has been cancelled, just one day after CBC ran a story about how the organizer was selling unauthorized tickets.
"Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Great Canadian Beer Expo has to be postponed at this time," reads an email sent to a Maritime brewery set to take part in the event.
"Because we are unable to set new dates, we will be issuing full refunds to all participants. The refund process has already begun and will be completed by January 31st, 2014."
The emailed is signed, "The GCBE Team."
Representatives of the Cunard Centre in Halifax and Centre 200 in Sydney — locations that had been approached as possible venues for the event — confirmed Thursday that Jonathan Brett, the organizer of the Great Canadian Beer Expo, had pulled the plug.
Brett, who has come under fire in Newfoundland for other events, told the centres he would use their buildings and sell tickets online.
But the RCR Hospitality Group said it only sells tickets for the Cunard Centre through a recognized ticketing agent such as Ticket Atlantic.
The waterfront venue said it did not have a contract with Brett.
There's no word on how many people paid $50 for the show.
One patron told the CBC's Jack Julian she got a refund through PayPal.
CBC News has made multiple attempts to contact Brett by phone, email, and via Facebook, but he hasn't commented.
The Great Canadian Beer Expo was also scheduled in New Brunswick and P.E.I.
Brett was scrutinized for organizing a five-kilometre obstacle run in Newfoundland in September called Mud Immortal while he was in personal bankruptcy.
The event generated hundreds of thousands in revenues, sparked a series of consumer complaints and led to a review of provincial government policy and legal action.