Former local among ‘Legends’

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care presents the Thunder Bay Legends—“A Tribute Artist Extravaganza”—here this Saturday, and among those taking to the stage at the Townshend Theatre will be “Trisha Yearwood,” better known to her friends and family in Fort Frances as Pat Cupp.
“What a wonderful opportunity to come back to Fort Frances and sing for a good cause,” said Cupp, who will be performing Saturday alongside performers paying tribute to Shania Twain, Loretta Lynn, Neil Diamond, Patsy Cline, Billy Joel, ABBA, Connie Frances, Roy Orbison, George Strait, Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw, and Elvis Presley.
The show is sold out.
The Fort Frances native, now living in Thunder Bay, is the daughter of Val and Raymond Calder. She lived here until she graduated from high school, then went off to Thunder Bay 28 years ago.
An administrative assistant with the Superior Court of Justice, Cupp now lives there with her husband, Ken, also originally from Fort Frances. The couple has two children, Jason and Sarah.
Her mother, Val, is an RPN at La Verendrye hospital, which is how the Riverside Foundation found out about the Thunder Bay Legends and decided to bring the troupe here for the fundraiser performance.
“My singing really began in Fort Frances,” Cupp said. “I sang in the church choir and family functions. I [also] sang with the ‘Young Canadians’ in high school.
“I’m related to the Armits, so whenever somebody there took out a guitar, I’d be singing,” she laughed.
“Some people might not know I sing,” Cupp added. “But people that know me would—any of my friends that I knew when I was growing up. That’s all we did when we were younger.”
Cupp admitted her decision to style herself after Yearwood for the stage was easy because she’s a devoted fan of the Tennessee musician.
For those who might not know, Yearwood burst onto the music scene with “She’s In Love With the Boy” in the spring of 1991.
The single went to No. 1, beginning a string of chart successes that has included “That’s What I Like About You,” “The Woman Before Me,” “XXX’s and OOO’s,” “Thinkin’ About You,” and “A Perfect Love.”
Cupp, who joined the Thunder Bay Legends three years ago, since has performed numerous shows in the region. But this is the first time the group has been to Fort Frances.
“I’m really looking forward to going home and singing for my family and friends,” she enthused. “I know the rest of the gang [the other Legends] is excited to go to Fort Frances.
“I think the people of Fort Frances will be surprised by the professionalism of the show,” added Cupp, noting the Thunder Bay Legends sell out shows most of the time they perform, including the one here.
Penn-Co Construction Canada Ltd., general contractor for the Phase IV renovations at La Verendrye hospital, is sponsoring the show, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m.