Legal Action Looms After Calgary Concert Halted Over Kirpan

August 4, 2009

Author: Jason Van Rassel

Source: Calgary Herald

The show went on Monday afternoon for fans of Punjabi singing star Gurdas Maan, whose concert was stopped amid controversy the night before.

But the dark clouds above Prairie Winds Park, where the outdoor makeup show was held, weren't the only ones looming over the event.

The event's promoter said he plans to launch legal action against the original venue-- the Telus Convention Centre -- and some ticket holders said they weren't satisfied with Monday's makeup show.

Concert promoter Nirmal Dhaliwal said Sunday night's trouble began when convention centre security guards refused entry to patrons who were wearing the kirpan, a ceremonial dagger carried by some observant Sikhs.