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MacKay Settles With Halifax

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Halifax concert promoter Harold MacKay has agreed to pay a cash settlement to the Halifax Regional Municipality, CBC News has reported.

According to the report, the City of Halifax has been attempting to recover a significant portion of the $400,000 advance provided to MacKay's former company to help produce concerts by the Black Eyes Peas and Alan Jackson. Neither event did well and resulted in significant losses for Halifax.

The City of Halifax had told MacKay that they would withhold municipal services for the upcoming Metallica concert being staged on July 14th and produced by MacKay Entertainment Inc., run by MacKay's wife if MacKay didn't pay a $40,000 settlement.

MacKay reportedly reached out to the City on Tuesday and agreed to settle. While the details of the settlement were not disclosed, MacKay's lawyer told the CBC that a payment of under $40,000 has been made.

MacKay and Richard Butts, the municipality's chief administrative officer announced on Tuesday that the Metallica concert would proceed as planned, with no conditions.

"The issue which I was involved with last year got entangled with what was happening with Rock the Hill 2011. It has been resolved and the city agreed to give Rock the Hill 2011 the services required," MacKay told the CBC via email. "Let’s pump it up and really rock the hill with a great Halifax event for all concert goers." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers