Mena Hardy abruptly cancels her Sat. open stage series

Songwriter Mena Hardy earlier today announced that she was cancelling her Saturday afternoon open mic series at the new du Cafe venue on O’Connor Drive in TO’s East York area.

Although she did not specify why she was doing so, a source close to her said it was because she had discovered that the club appears to have been engaged in business practices that Mena found unacceptable.

A Facebook posting by a former employee who claimed he waited for four month to get paid anything may have sparked her initial concern, the source said.

There was also concern that other employees were not being paid, about claims the owner made about her associations with other artists and charities and other questions about the ingredients actually used or not used in the food, the source added.