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Concert Company Convicted Under Consumer Protection Act

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Concert Company Convicted Under Consumer Protection Act

Ticket holders to the cancelled 2003 Watershed Festival concert in Walkerton will get some of their money back after a concert company was convicted of 10 counts of using unfair business practices on May 13, 2008.

The concert promoter, Next Presentations Canada Inc. was fined $3,750 in provincial offences court and will pay $45,000 in restitution for failing to refund tickets for the concert that never took place. The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services will distribute the funds - which represent 53 per cent of consumers' costs - among 93 ticket holders.

Next Presentations cancelled the concert at the last minute, promising ticket holders refunds or credit vouchers for future concerts that never happened. 

Consumers who were part of the original court action and need information about the status of their complaint may call the ministry at 1-800-889-9768.

The ministry cannot help ticket holders who were not part of the original court action, as the statute of limitations has passed. You may wish to consider discussing the matter with legal counsel.