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Thunder Bay francophone musicians focus of TFO program

A French music television show filmed segments with several French-speaking musicians in Thunder Bay this week, including Jean Paul De Roover, and the band Bella Clava.
Melissa Hetu is the host of TFO's BRBR television program, which features French-speaking musicians. (Melissa Hetu)
Did you see the Barbar bus this weekend? A French music television show is on the road. We'll find out what they discovered in Thunder Bay. 6:00
A French music television show filmed segments with several French-speaking musicians in Thunder Bay this week, including Jean-Paul De Roover, and the band Bella Clava.

The program BRBR (pronounced "barbar") promotes Francophone artists, on Ontario's French television channel, known as TFO.

The show is touring Canada to meet musicians in 13 cities, including Thunder Bay.

While in the city, the crew tours the community with a local musician, show host Melissa Hetu said.

"We get to know the city. Some great places to play music, go shop for vinyl, that kind of stuff," she said.

"For us, and I think for our audience, it's a great learning experience."

While in Thunder Bay, the crew recorded live music sessions with the artists they met.

"Our goal is really to give these artists a platform," Hetu added.

The program gives those artists a chance to be profiled on TV — and also on the BRBR YouTube channel.

While the focus of the show is on francophone artists, they also profile musicians who sing in English, but speak French.

The episodes from the tour will begin airing in January.

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