According to CBC.ca, the future of the Harvest Picnic held annually in Christie Lake near Dundas, Ontario may be up in the air after a report that event promoter Jean-Paul Gauthier has filed a lawsuit against The Feldman Agency and several headlining acts, including Jann Arden, Bruce Allen Talent, Johnny Reid, Cowboy Junkies and others for nearly $27 million in damages.
"The events that September Seventh produces and owns, namely, the Harvest Picnic and the Hamilton Music Awards, are now at great risk of ceasing to exist due to the unconscionable conduct, high-handed conduct or conduct in bad faith and breaches of contract by the defendants," reads the lawsuit, personally filed by Gauthier in a Hamilton court in late September.
As the story states, a last-minute cancellation by headliner Jann Arden due to illness and a claim that radius clauses were breached by both Johnny Reid and the Cowboy Junkies were filed.
At the same time, several acts - The Rheostatics, Jeremy Fisher, The Killjoys - claimed they have not been paid for their performance at this year's event, and Cindy Jennings, president of IATSE local 129, the union representing stagehands and technicians, claims she is waiting for the outstanding balance following a down payment "of better than half the cost."
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