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tour de Fort season has something for everyone


Canadian country icons to classical music, organizers of the 2002/2003 tour de Fort season say it offers something for everyone.

“I think it’s probably the most diverse line-up we’ve ever had,” said Rod Newman, publicity manager for Tour de fort. “We have everything from country to classical, jazz to comedy.”

Just as in past years, all passports for the 2002/2003 season have been sold. Those lucky enough to hold one of the passports are guaranteed to witness a wide range of talent this year.

In addition to the passport series, tour de Fort is offering at least two extra shows featuring Canadian country group Prairie Oyster on September 24 and big band group Lenny G and his Capital City Swing Band on Jan. 19, 2003.

Tickets for this first additional concert are $20 and can be purchased at the Fort Frances Public Library.

This week tour de Fort was pleased to announce five of the six passport series concerts confirmed for the 2002/2003 season.

Comedian Lorne Elliot is set to hit the stage of the Townshend theatre October, 9.

“He’s an excellent comedian who has appeared on CBC radio regularly and is a past [Tour de fort] performer,” Newman explained.

Having opened for Rodney Dangerfield and Jay Leno, Elliot’s one man show features songs, monologues and one liners from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Pianist Michael Kaeshammer who plays an array of “Boogie Woogie” style tunes will showcase his talents October 18. The 25-year-old musician reshapes classical jazz , blues and swing pieces for a modern audience.

On November passport holders will experience a double bill with two different musicians, and musical styles, sharing the stage.

Songstress Suzzie Vinnick known for her contemporary music sung with jazz overtones will perform and then David Leask, celtic style musician, will take the stage for the other half of the concert.

“This way gives a better cross-section of music. If you get bored of one style there is another after intermission,” Newman noted.

Jean Stilwell, a classical/broadway/opera singer will shine in the Townshend spotlight March 1.

Internationally known for her stirring rendition of gypsy “Carmen” in Bizet’s opera, this mezzo-soprano is ready to amaze her audience.

The final confirmed concert of the season will be by the mixed gospel choir Nathaniel Dett Chorale on April 25. Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music, the group sings everything from classical and jazz to spirituals and blues.

Tour de Fort organizers are working on the final performance of the season which they will announce once all contracts have been signed.

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