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Capital Hoedown’s future in Ottawa still uncertain

The company behind Capital Hoedown assured ticket buyers Friday that if the popular country music festival has to be canceled or changed significantly, refunds will be available.

The company behind Capital Hoedown assured ticket buyers Friday that if the popular country music festival has to be cancelled or changed significantly, refunds will be available.

The statement from event organizer Concert International Inc. followed Thursday’s failed payment deadline.

Capital Hoedown was originally scheduled for August 10 to 12 at Walter Baker park in Kanata. However, the city cancelled the contract Thursday when the organizers failed to pay the $150,000 to rent the venue.

"The funds in question are for city services that will be incurred by the city in August during the event," Denis Benoit said in a written statement. 

"These funds sit in escrow in a city account until they are used. For this year’s festival, those city expenses have increased by 300 per cent."

Benoit said based on the increase in expenses the organizers asked the city for more time. While they were unable to meet Thursday’s deadline, Concert International said it remains hopeful that something can be worked out.

"We approached the city this Friday morning prepared to make the payment," the statement read. "We remain optimistic that the city will allow us to make the payment and allow us to focus back on the business of planning for the event."

 

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