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Musicians sought to play at square


The Rainy Lake Square once again will be a hub of activity and entertainment later this year—and local musicians will be part of it.

As of this week, the Rainy River Future Development Corp. is accepting applications from musicians who would like to perform at the square during monthly concerts this May through September, local economic development consultant Tannis Drysdale said in a verbal report to town council Monday night.

This year, the voting public will select two winners: a local band (consisting of more than two members) and a soloist or duet.

All musical genres are welcome.

Performers will be chosen via a competitive online process, with voting to begin Feb. 15 and close April 9.

Interested artists must e-mail Gurvinder Grewal at the RRFDC at before 2 p.m. on Jan. 31.

The winning artists must be available for concert dates requested, and must be willing to accept technical rider and payment terms.

Those looking to host their own musical or artistic event, busk, or provide entertainment in the square during spring and summer also are encouraged to contact the RRFDC.

“Certainly, the local talent that put on concerts last summer were amazing at the square,” Drysdale said.

Meanwhile, the Rainy Lake Square concert series, which will feature five concerts in total, will open in mid-May, kicking off with an “Elvis Presley” concert.

“We have finished our grant applications [to subsidize the costs of the programming] and they're all sitting there waiting for approval,” Drysdale noted.

“But our expectation is that we are going to have a really wonderful summer," she enthused. ”We're very excited about it.

“We will do programming every single Thursday night from May until [the end of] September, and that will again include movie nights—four or five movies throughout the year,” she added.

In related news, the Rainy River Future Development Corp. once again is seeking flower basket sponsors for “Project Petunia.”

About 25 more sponsors still are needed for the annual initiative, which aims to beautify Fort Frances in the spring and summer months by hanging a total of 50 baskets of petunias along King's Highway, Drysdale said.

Petunia baskets can be sponsored for $50 each.

As in past years, sponsors will be recognized with an ad in the Fort Frances Times when the baskets are hung in mid-May.

Baskets can be sponsored by individuals, businesses, and groups, and can be done so in memory of a loved one.

Those interested can contact Drysdale at the RRFDC at 274-9621.

Donations can be made by cheque or cash, as well as online at

Also at Monday evening's meeting, council:

  • appointed Camie Gray and Gwen Beadle to the Fort Frances Municipal Non-Profit Housing Board for a term ending Nov. 14, 2022;
  • appointed Doug Cuthbertson, Nathalie Donaldson, Ed Gackley, Pat Gartshore, Jennifer Horton, Katy Trimble, and Shelley Wepruk to the BIA board for a term ending Nov. 14, 2022;
  • approved a recommendation to donate $500 to the Fort Frances Choraliers for assistance with costs for their Christmas cantata performance at the Townshend Theatre last month;
  • authorized the securing of the necessary funding to hire an intern for the town's Information Technology department;
  • approved updates to the town's WHMIS Compliance and Critical Injury Reporting and Investigation policies;
  • approved the tendering of a sidewalk sander and sweeper attachment for the trackless sidewalk machine in advance of the approval of the 2019 capital budget, at an estimated cost of $40,000;
  • agreed to make the construction of a new columbarium foundation at Riverview Cemetery a high priority in the 2019 budget and that the allocation be increased to include the tendering of the stone structure (however, no niche pre-sales will be entertained at least until the structure has been tendered and awarded); and
  • approved per diem claims, each in the amount of $400, as submitted by Couns. Doug Judson and Rick Wiedenhoeft for their attendance at the council orientation session held back on Nov. 21-23.
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