Capital Hoedown going down the drain!
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concerned

Ottawa, Canada

#22 Jun 19, 2012
The new lineup will be announced in a few days. Three days, thirteen days? How many days? Benoit really does not have his shit together. Now he claims almost the whole original lineup is playing. BIZARRE. With Brad, Taylor, Reba, Sheryl and Terri out, it only leaves the shitty acts. Some lineup!
Nikki_007

Cornwall, Canada

#23 Jun 19, 2012
Personally, I'm getting really excited and pumped about the Hoedown Festival! I hear that Denis has put together a band and is gearing up to play the entire 3 day event! What a genius promoter...he's booked himself!...with the 2.1 million Taylor Swift refund! Can't wait!!!
KMinOttawa

Ottawa, Canada

#24 Jun 20, 2012
Did you know that Benoit actually has a metal band called Shotgun Wedding and his band was slated to play at one Upstate Music Festival in NY state?

The events that caused that 2007 festival to fail (and become ONE band playing at a bar if you can believe it - THAT was his idea of the show going as 'planned') are eerily similar to what is happening to the Capital Hoedown.

Read this and tell me you don't see a pattern: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r18661528-msg...

In a nutshell: The doomed Upstate Music Festival was supposed to benefit the Massena Chamber of Commerce -- but Benoit failed to meet financial obligations for rentals, services and insurance, according to the Massena's Daily Courier-Observer.

He came up short on rent money for a second venue before finally holding the event in Akwesasne, NY -- except by then the "festival" consisted of one band.

Soon he was in jail for fraud.

Which didn't stop him from launching successful Capital Hoedowns in 2010 and 2011.
Lynx55

Ottawa, Canada

#25 Jun 25, 2012
I just read in the ottawa citizen that denis benoit went to buy back his shares from his former partner but didnt even read the contract. Not only did he get his shares back but he also took on their liabilities amounting to $750,000 unknowingly. He was simply too stupid to read the contract. So he had to use ticket money to pay those debts. That is why the festival is in financial trouble.
OttawaRubin

Ottawa, Canada

#31 Jun 29, 2012
Ticket buyers = screwed over
Vendors = screwed over
City of Ottawa = screwed over
Canada Revenue Agency = screwed over
Contractors = screwed over
Artists = screwed over
Investors = screwed over
Past venues = screwed over
Advertisers = screwed over
Website developer = screwed over
Front Gate Tickets = screwed over

Casino du Lac-Leamy = clear winner
Sheryl Crow

Austin, TX

#32 Oct 31, 2012
Ray Skaff is just a little greasy Leb scamster.
You will notice now that he's pulled his entire LinkedIn profile.
As I understand it, he graduated first class from the Algonquin College of Idiots.
He really annoys me.
Capital Hoedown 2013

Mount Brydges, Canada

#33 Dec 14, 2012
it looks like benoit hasnt learned his lesson. an ottawa citizen article states he wants to use the baseball stadium. i suppose this is so he wont need a city permit to hold the festival. the city of ottawa has washed their hands of him, lost all trust, and will no longer do business with him. he has offered donald k. donald a stake in partnership who also wont do business with him. if benoit is looking for money from a large scale investor then he does not have the money to go it alone. looks like this years hoedown is headed in the same direction... down the drain. heck... he cant even pay his personal housecleaner according to her comment (now removed) she left on the hoedown facebook page. he is also being sued (again). this time for $1400 by the limo service from 2010s event. now he is saying contact him for refunds if you have not gotten one, when before he has said he has nothing to do with refunds. save your money folks... do boots and hearts and steer clear of this crook.

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