Tour de Fort returns with Covid restrictions lifted

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

Tour de Fort is back on. After its January date was postponed due to a rise in COVID cases and an increase in restrictions the Townshend Theatre will be alive with music again this Friday with another show less than two weeks later.

This week sees a double bill of two singer/songwriters in Drftr (Drifter) and Sleepy Jean. The evening promises to be enjoyable for folk music lovers.

According to Tour de Fort’s Facebook page DRFTR’s music is best described as “feely folk, and all about emotion. From lost love, to sharp political commentary with all life’s gritty and joyous bits in between, DRFTR taps into our common emotional landscape in a deeply thoughtful, melodic way.”

Sleepy Jean describes music as “Borne from the bones of forgotten nostalgia, Sleepy Jean spent the better part of a decade frequenting tourist traps and hole-in-the-walls alike whilst sneakily sliding her self-penned songs amongst those of her contemporaries and reveries. Her wistful, smoky voice is equal parts Joni Mitchell and Etta James, and is known for that inimitable quality that evokes salty streams of tears and bloody bar fights alike.”

With the lifting of more restrictions by the government of Ontario, entry to the upcoming shows should be a bit quicker and easier. Proof of vaccination is no longer required at Town of Fort Frances Venues and the theatre can be filled to capacity. Masks are still required, however. Tickets are $25 and are still available at Ski’s variety and the Fort Frances Library Technology Centre. They will also be available at the door on Friday.

Later this month, Twin Flames take to the Townshend stage.

Twin Flames is the husband and wife duo of Chelsea June and Jaaji. They perform their music in English, French and Inuktitut. Chelsea June is Métis of Algonquin Cree heritage, from Ottawa. Jaaji is Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik and Kahnawake. Their bio says “Their cultural backgrounds span Canada’s geography and their songs, delivered through a mix of English, French and Inuktitut, have helped them earn a unique place among contemporary music makers from coast to coast. Truthful and compelling storytelling accompanied by their playful humour makes a great combination with the level of musicianship they bring to the stage. Twin Flames realness resonates with audiences, they create a genuine human connection everywhere they go.”

Twin Flames will bring their unique stylings to Fort Frances on March 15. Tickets will be available at Friday’s show and then on Saturday at the library and Ski’s variety for $25.