Ottawa’s country music fans are getting more and more bad news this week, with headlining artists dropping from Capital Hoedown’s lineup, and the city barring the weekend-long country music festival from its Kanata location and revoking its special event agreement.

The city-issued statement said the organizers of the festival failed to pay the city $150,000 after numerous deadline extensions, according to the Ottawa Citizen.  

On top of financial woes, artists Ronnie Dunn, Reba McIntyre, Brad Paisley, and Sheryl Crowe have all removed the festival from their summer tour dates.

Organizers of the festival issued a statement June 1 saying if the there are major line-up changes or if the entire festival is cancelled, ticket-holders will be refunded.

“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,” said Denis Benoit, president and CEO of Concert International, in the statement.

Benoit said the festival’s definite future will be announced Tuesday morning.


Photo courtesy of James Downing.