One of the partners of the Escapade Music Festival said more than $600,000 in proceeds from the festival's ticket sales disappeared from a safe over the weekend.
Michael O'Farrell, a partner of DNA Presents, the company that staged the two-day electronic music festival, said he and his colleagues discovered the money missing from a vault at festival venue Ottawa Stadium.
The money was cash receipts from the festival held during the Canada Day weekend.
O'Farrell said police have been contacted. Police have not confirmed they are investigating.
One partner missing
One of the partners of DNA Presents, Nick Vachon, has not been seen or heard from since Monday morning, said O'Farrell. Vachon, 26, also left behind his cellphone, said O'Farrell.
DNA Presents was also involved as a consultant in booking some of the electronic acts for Bluesfest, including Wednesday headliner Tiesto, but O'Farrell said the loss of the money would have no impact on that music festival.
He said the group plans to review the incident and take extra precautions but said the festival is in good enough financial shape that he believes they'll be able to run it again next year.