Canadian Promoter Accused Of Fraud

A Calgary, Alberta, woman is suing a local concert promoter she claims owes her more than $700,000 she invested in 17 shows in the last year.

The complaint filed by Cheri Nichol May 4 in Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta accuses Bryan Taylor of Concerts North and his affiliated companies Concerts North Ltd., Keystone Entertainment, Keystone Entertainment Group Ltd., and Keystone Music of defrauding her in a Ponzi-like scheme.

Nichol claims Taylor led her to believe the concerts, including acts such as Lyle Lovett, Edgar Winter, Doobie Brothers, Chris Isaak, Beach Boys, Los Lobos and Johnny Winter, all lost money. He allegedly used the money for himself as well as to pay off other investors. Nichol claims her repeated requests to Taylor for copies of financial records for each show went unanswered.

The lawsuit seeks $716,641 in general damages, an undetermined amount in punitive damages and legal costs.
Taylor did not respond to a request for comment at press time.