Capital Hoedown suing Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift.

In case things can’t get any weirder for Canadian country music fans, Capital Hoedown is back again in the news for all the wrong reasons. After failure to pay for the property rental for last year’s event, and acts had all cancelled their performances, Taylor Swift was paid… and, according to multiple reports today, she kept the $2.5 million.

The festival, which organizers couldn’t afford to pay the City of Ottawa for land rental, and are still in debt over 2011’s edition (including payment to the federal government for land rental), was supposed to have announced its lineup for 2013 last month. Their website no longer exists and any e-mails to Denis Benoit bounce.

It’s the ticket company, Front Gate Tickets, who are suing Taylor in a New York City court room. They’re saying that she shouldn’t have been paid as she never performed – and want $1.8 million, which covers the tickets they were forced to refund to fans, back. Taylor would still keep over $700,000 in profit if the lawsuit is successful.

The contract wasn’t written with the ticket company, according to Taylor’s side.

Meanwhile, we are still blocked from Capital Hoedown’s Facebook page, as are other members of the media. Capital Hoedown owner Denis Benoit promised media that there would be no press releases, no media passes, no interviews, and nothing given to the media at all this year in regards to the festival. There has been no announcement of a promised lineup for 2013, or even a venue.

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