David Francey

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David Francey

This concert, along with the entire national tour, has been cancelled due to the artist’s health concerns.

The artist’s statement: "It is with very heavy hearts that we have to announce the cancellation of David Francey's upcoming national tour. David has just received word from a vocal specialist that he must stop singing now or do permanent damage to his voice.  He does not want to deliver a show that is in any way inferior to the 100% his fans are used to. Please bear with us while David actively works toward regaining his voice."

Ticketholders will receive refunds and may contact the NAC Box Office with any questions or concerns at 613-947-7000 x 620


David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album, Torn Screen Door, came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released eleven albums and won three JUNO Awards.

In concert, David is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations combined with his openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.

"David’s straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music."
Shelter Valley Folk Festival
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