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Cheap Trick's Bluesfest stage collapse lawsuit in court today

Lawyers for Ottawa's Bluesfest were in court Thursday to discuss several lawsuits related to the collapse of the festival's main stage during a concert four years ago..

Three people injured when stage collapsed in July 2011

The concert grounds at the 2011 edition of Ottawa's Bluesfest emptied after a powerful storm blasted the area and collapsed the main stage. (Marc Desrosiers/Canadian Press)

Lawyers for Ottawa's Bluesfest were in court Thursday to discuss several lawsuits related to the collapse of the festival's main stage during a concert four years ago.

The stage collapsed in July 2011 while the classic rock band Cheap Trick was playing. Lawyers representing the band later filed a $1-million lawsuit against Bluesfest, Project X Productions and the stage-building company, Groupe Berger.

The statement of claim said Bluesfest breached its contract with Cheap Trick by not providing the band a safe place to perform, and that Bluesfest failed to respond to changing weather conditions.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found the stage had not been properly installed and that stagehands weren't told to adapt to the high winds that led to the collapse.

Bluesfest has since changed stage-building companies.

Three people were injured when the stage came down in 2011. None of the musicians in Cheap Trick were hurt. A truck driver and other band employees are among those suing; the driver said he was injured by a falling stage fixture.

Thursday's meetings were "case conferences," or discussions amongst lawyers that are not open to the public.