The company that puts on the Harvest Picnic on the shores of Christie Lake has filed a lawsuit against one of North America’s largest talent agencies and some of Canada’s biggest stars.
Jean-Paul Gauthier of September Seventh filed the suit in a Hamilton court late last month.
He is claiming a “loss of expected revenue” and “losses based on costs incurred due to the breach of contract” when Jann Arden had to pull out as the headlining act the day before due to an unexpected illness this past summer.
The lawsuit also takes aim at Johnny Reid and Cowboy Junkies, alleging the bands violated “radius clauses” by booking or playing shows in southern Ontario around the same time as the festival.
While Gauthier is asking for almost $27 million in damages, he’s being accused of failing to pay acts like the Rheostatics and Jeremy Fisher for their performances.