Capital Hoedown working on new location
Capital Hoedown's organizer says the country music festival will go on at a private site minutes from Walter Baker Park in Kanata, but did not reveal the location of the new venue.
The music festival is slated to take place from August 10 to 12 at Walter Baker Park, but the city of Ottawa cancelled its deal with the festival and denied it access to the park after Hoedown organizers failed to pay $150,000 to rent the venue.
In a letter published Tuesday, Concert International Inc. president Denis Benoit said the company decided to go on with the show despite the setback but warned they would need to "restructure in several areas to ensure that the festival is a viable venture.
"Otherwise, we would have had to cancel the festival outright," he wrote.
New lineup to be announced
Benoit said the new location would not be revealed until details are finalized.
He also said it will remain a three-day festival and said changes to the artist line-up would be announced shortly.
A number of high-profile performers originally slated to play at the three-day festival have already pulled out, including Reba McEntire, Terri Clark and Sheryl Crow.
Benoit said if ticket buyers are not satisfied with the line-up changes they will be entitled to a full refund beginning on July 19 through their original point of purchase.