Tour de Fort brings Juno Winners, TV Stars to Fort Frances Stage

By Kris Ketonen

After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tour de Fort performance series is returning to the Fort Frances Townshend Theatre this winter. And excitement is building, Charles Fisher, president of the event’s board of directors, says.

“I think people are very excited,” he says. “In August, we did sort of a relaunch outdoor show at Rainy Lake Square. We had four acts at that one, and the people that came out were really happy to be able to come back and do something that’s kind of normal. Already, people [are] asking about tickets, and how it’s going to work. It’s going to be different, but it’s still going to be a great season, and we’re going to get through it and then hopefully be more back-to-normal next year.”

This year’s Tour de Fort series begins in early November, and runs through to May. Fisher says Tour de Fort organizers are putting measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the performances. “We’re at 50% capacity for the theatre, so our capacity goes down to 215,” Fisher says. “We’re going to have to practice masking, social distancing, and you’re going to need to have proof of vaccination to be able to get in.”

Fisher says tickets will only be available for individual shows, as opposed to previous events that allowed patrons to buy one pass for all six performances. “We have to be very bang-on with what our numbers are due to the capacity issues,” he says. “We need to know that there’s exactly 215 people coming in.”

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Tour de Fort Performances

November 3 – Middle Raged, a sketch comedy show featuring Geri Hall (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Gary Pearson (MadTV, Corner Gas)
November 29 – Chantal Kreviazuk’s Christmas is a Way of Life, My Dear
January 14 – DRFTR and Sleepy Jean
February 10 – Twin Flames
April 15 – Avery Raquel
May 5 – Whitehorse