Concert series cancels show, citing city's schedule
Organizers say Charlottetown's to blame for changing hours
An outdoor concert series has cancelled its final show this weekend blaming the City of Charlottetown's decision to move the show start and end up by an hour due to noise complaints.
The Victoria Row Concert Series on the downtown's pedestrian mall, was slated to hold its third and final show on Saturday, but managers pulled the plug.
Organizers believed the location would be a perfect venue for larger shows at night.
The first concert on July 13 ran from 9 p.m. until midnight and drew more than 1,000 ticket holders.
But, following the concert, the city received a number of noise complaints and council voted to change the event's hours.
The next show on Aug. 3 ran from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Organizers declined CBC News's request for an interview. Instead, they directed us to their Facebook page where the message reads, "Unfortunately, this schedule provided countless problems with logistics, setup and ticket sales."
The city has its own questions over money it gave to the promoters.
"There was never, ever an act announced for the final night, which caused concern for a number of the funding partners for some time now," said Wayne Long, the city's events development officer.
The city and funding partners provided an additional $4,000 with the expectation The Trews would perform this Saturday, Long said.
The city will look to reclaim that money.
Meanwhile, those hoping for more evening concerts in Charlottetown will have to look elsewhere.
Michael Jesty and Taylor Rush believe the first two concerts were a hit among young people.
"There's nothing to do in Charlottetown at all," said Jesty.
"No, and for younger folks especially, said Rush.
"I remember being young, and literally the reason you hang out and do nothing is because there's not really anywhere to go when it gets late."
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