Pretend Montreal audio festival marketing $600 tickets on line

Want to see Harry Kinds, Doja Cat and SZA in Montreal this summer months? Do not keep your breath.

The so-named “Pageant Aurora” is not what it claims to be, different resources verified to CTV Information Friday morning.

Glossy Instagram posts say the pageant will manifest in Montreal’s Old Port on June 1, 2, and 3. Tickets vary from roughly $370 to $630.

The phony “Competition Aurora” statements it will have appearances from artists like Harry Models and Doja Cat on Instagram.

But a spokesperson for the Previous Port claims no such celebration is getting spot.

“We confirm that the Aurora Festival is fraudulent, no a person from the Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal has been contacted by the organizers of this event,” Kaven Gauthier wrote in an e mail.

The competition offers sponsorships from big manufacturers like Pepsi and American Specific (AMEX).

But, like the Old Port, AMEX denies any romantic relationship with the occasion.

“American Express is not a sponsor and is in no way affiliated with ‘Aurora Festival.’ Any use of our brand in relation to this competition has been applied with out our permission,” reads a assertion from Lauren Dineen-Duarte, vice president of company affairs and communications at AMEX.

Pepsi’s father or mother organization, PepsiCo, has nonetheless to respond to a ask for for remark.

As of early Friday morning, tickets to the fake fest have been nonetheless available for obtain on the web site By 10:30 a.m., the full web-site was taken down. 

Groupe Cenari Inc., an function advertising firm, is detailed on Quebec’s official registry of enterprises.

The enterprise has however to answer to a request for comment.

Tickets for the fake “Competition Aurora” have been bought on The web page has considering the fact that been taken down.

Competition Aurora does not have its have dedicated internet site or make contact with details. CTV Information reached out for comment via its Instagram webpage and did not receive a reply.

Montreal law enforcement (SPVM) told CTV News that it experienced acquired a “really modest number of grievances linked to an party advertised this summer in the Previous Port of Montréal,” including that for confidentiality explanations, it would not confirms if an investigation is underway.

The police support also cautioned Montrealers to be cautious of scams.

“In general, the selection of complaints similar to fraudulent ads of all sorts, no matter whether on social media or on the world wide web in typical, has been on the increase in current yrs. We persuade people to be incredibly vigilant when purchasing on the web and to check out as much information and facts as probable. For a lot more prevention suggestions, we invite you to seek advice from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website,” it mentioned.