Kiss rumours launch summer concert season in Maritimes
Despite a deep freeze gripping the Maritimes, it's high season for summer concert promoters in the region.
There are rumours that Kiss will come to Halifax, Moncton says it is hopeful AC/DC will headline one of two mega-concerts at Magnetic Hill this summer, and P.E.I. has set a deadline of Thursday for proposals for summer concerts on the Island.
Halifax papers are carrying teaser ads from a promoter suggesting Kiss will stop in Halifax this summer. Lead man Gene Simmons told Sun Media in November that Halifax was on the list for a short summer tour. The band has not played in the Maritimes since 1977.
The City of Charlottetown says it has received notification of three potential concerts this summer, but it doesn't have many details.
"The real details are probably in the proposals that are going on to the province, given the amount of investment that they would consider putting into one of those shows," said Wayne Long, events development officer for the city.
Long said the city doesn't know what acts might be in the offing for Charlottetown.
CBC News contacted the Department of Tourism, and it wasn't saying. Long said the city has been told expected attendance for the concerts is in the 30,000 plus range.
P.E.I.'s new funding policy will play a key role in which concerts might get approval. That policy was drawn up after the province lost $400,000 at the poorly attended Summerset festival in September. It requires promoters to provide a detailed business plan and puts a $200,000 limit on public funding.