City Hall never received $150,000 owed by the Capital Hoedown Country Music Festival like it said it did.
The city's parks and recreation boss, Dan Chenier, confirmed in an e-mail to the Sun Wednesday the treasury didn't get the cash from the festival.
That contradicts the city's confirmation last week that it received the owed money. There was no information available Wednesday explaining what happened.
The festival, which is scheduled to run Aug. 10-12 at Walter Baker Park in Kanata, missed previous deadlines to pay the city for using the park and organizers were granted extensions.
Festival organizers couldn't be reached for comment.
If the financial problems aren't enough, the country stars appear to be jumping ship.
Reba McEntire has removed her Aug. 10 date in Ottawa off her website, joining Ronnie Dunn and Brad Paisley who also removed Ottawa dates from their sites last week.
The Band Perry was scheduled to perform Aug. 12, but there is no mention of the concert on the group's website tour list. Same goes for Sheryl Crow.
Still, the Hoedown promotes all those acts on its own website, capitalhoedown.net.
The good news for Taylor Swift fans is her website still lists her performance at the Hoedown, scheduled for Aug. 11.
According to the Hoedown website, single-day tickets for all three days of the festival are sold out.
From the Ottawa Sun May 31 2012
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