The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce once again is partnering with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship to host “Quest for the Best.”
The popular singing contest will be held Friday, July 26 under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
“After the thrilling conclusion [to] last year’s competition, the Chamber is excited to announce this year’s competition will feature a similar format,” noted Chamber manager Annely Armstrong.
“It will be a two-round competition, with first and second places for each round,” she explained.
“The two first-place winners then will compete together in one final exhilarating ‘Battle Song.’”
The Chamber has more than doubled the prize money from past years, with the grand prize being $1,000.
For each set, there is $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $150 for People’s Choice.
Also up for grabs is the Rookie Award ($100), the Dark Horse Award ($250), the Show Sponsor Award ($100), and Audience Response ($250).
For those interested in performing in this year’s “Quest,” entry forms are available for download on the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce website at www.fortfranceschamber.com.
Or you can call the Chamber office at 274-5773 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The non-refundable entry fee is $25 for solo performances and $35 for duets.
The competition is open to those age 13 and older.
The entry fee, and completed entry form, must be submitted to the Chamber office (located above the Northern Lights Credit Union) no later than next Friday (July 12).
Armstrong noted a few entries already have been dropped off while lots of forms have been picked up.
“We still have room,” she enthused. “We encourage everybody to bring down their application.”
This year’s judges are Andy C from B93 The Border, Sunday Wilde, a blues singer from Atikokan, and former “Quest” winner Brittany Hayes.
Armstrong is very excited about the judges this year.
“I don’t think there’s anyone who could understand the whole experience as good as Brittany,” she noted.
“She’s a [‘Quest’] regular.”
“I’m really excited to have Sunday [Wilde] here to do this,” Armstrong added.
“She’ll be able to coach some of the contestants and help them out, and answer questions they might have because she’s a local artist.
Meanwhile, local band “The Faculty” will be back to accompany the singers.
“They’re great, they’re veterans at this,” Armstrong noted. “They know what to do. They’re great with the contestants.”
Armstrong also thinks it’s great that “Quest” is moving back to the waterfront.
“There’s a lot of people that as soon as the bass tournament moved over to the arena, they quit going,” she noted.
“Where, down at the riverfront, it’s so beautiful; it’s nice and cool down there.
“It’s just going to be great.”
Tickets for “Quest,” which cost $15 each, will be available at the Chamber office.
The Fort Frances Dental Centre also will be making its annual “Disney Draw” on stage again this year.