Fishy Fundraiser Refunds

A failed concert fundraiser for a community center in British Columbia this summer has left many fans wondering whether they’ll ever score refunds.

Nazareth show was called off in July over slow sales, but not before roughly 500 people purchased $35 tickets, according to the Nelson Star.

At the time the promoter of the concert, Roger Carruthers, reportedly told fans they could trade in their tickets for another show or be issued a refund after Nov. 1.
Nov. 1 came and went and ticketbuyers began to get antsy.
The owner of a computer store, who sold tickets for Carruthers’ concert as a favor, told the Star his phone has been “ringing off the hook” since Nov. 1.
“The majority of people are understanding, but there’s been a few who get really angry and start making threats,” Phoenix Computers’ Scott Newland said. “I volunteered to sell these tickets because I wanted to do something good for the community, because the show was supposed to be a fundraiser to improve the community center. But my good deed has backfired on me.”
Carruthers noted in a statement to the paper that “due to legal matters with the band’s management, refunds are still pending.”
But the statement also highlighted one major misstep – the promoter says he is waiting for the band to return its deposit before he can issue refunds.
“Refunds will be provided when funds are available,” the statement continued. “It is our responsibility to provide the refunds … we have every confidence that will happen.”