Canadian Concert Promoter To Sue Flo Rida For Canceled Concert

By Allen Starbury  |  06/15/2009

Flo RidaA Canadian concert promoter says he's ready to take Miami rapper Flo Rida to court after cancelling a show in Nanaimo, Canada, causing him to lose thousands.

According to Canada.com, concert promoter Jerry Hong says the rapper was scheduled to play the Beban Park auditorium, but found out late last week that the Nanaimo stop was cancelled, as were all dates in B.C.

Hong signed a contract to get Flo Rida and is exploring legal options to recover what he claims may be at least $20,000 in losses.

The exclusive Vancouver Island stop was promoted across the Island, with at least 500 tickets sold so far. By the time Flo Rida would have touched down, organizers expected a sold-out show.

Hong said the cancellation has nothing to do with the location or venue, but arises from issues with the rap star's management and a Toronto booking agent, who allegedly did not live up to the Canadian tour agreements.

"It was way beyond our control," Hong said. "We feel really bad for our fans. We're hoping we can get him back."

It would have been the first all-ages show for Hong, who earlier tried to book Flo Rida at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre but was turned down, reportedly because the show did not meet the centre's mandate.

He is currently working with Flo Rida's camp to get the rapper to Nanaimo this summer. Ticket buyers for the aforementioned canceled date will be refunded.