George Fox headlines ‘tour de Fort’ finale

He’s toured with the likes of Randy Travis, George Strait, and Anne Murray, has four gold records, hosted two CBC TV specials, and has won several awards, including the Juno for “Country Male Vocalist of the Year” three years in a row.
And he’s coming to Fort Frances.
George Fox will perform live on stage at the Robert Moore School auditorium Saturday as “tour de Fort” wraps up its 1997-’98 season.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the concert, sponsored by Dr. Mary Ellen Kennedy and Dr. Jeremy McGuire, scheduled to start at 7:30. “tour de Fort” president Dr. Ted Jablonski is hoping for a sellout crowd.
“They’re touting this as an unplugged tour so expect a little more acoustic,” he said.
“[Fox] is still considered one of the premiere country vocalists in Canada,” Dr. Jablonski added. “He’s well-respected. A lot of country singers ask him to sing on their specials.”
Dr. Jablonski said “tour de Fort” patrons have mentioned several times that they would love to see a country act. And Fox offers a program which plays well to a very diverse crowd–from teens to parents to grandparents.
“There aren’t many forms of music where you can get three generations to enjoy it at the same time,” he said. “It’s a full spectrum.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Fort Frances Library or at the door for $10. “tour de Fort” can sell about 200 tickets above its season passport numbers, Dr. Jablonski said, to try and accommodate as many people as possible.
People also will get a chance Saturday to buy passports for next season’s line-up although the acts haven’t been finalized yet.
“We know probably five of the six,” Dr. Jablonski said, noting they were still going through contract settlements.
“Next year is a good line-up,” he added. “It should be a good mix of comedy, music, and some theatre. We try to give a good mix of what’s touring.”
A silver collection for the John Leishman Memorial Scholarship Fund also will be taken up at Saturday’s concert. He was involved with the original committee when “tour de Fort” first started but passed away suddenly before that season was out.
Since then, “tour de Fort” has held a collection each year for the scholarship fund, which goes to a post-graduate student in the medical field. The collection is taken at the concert which would have suited Dr. Leishman’s taste the most.
“He was a country music lover,” Dr. Jablonski said. “He would have been a big George Fox fan.”