Women in leadership roles from across Greater Victoria gather at the Parkside Hotel and Spa Thursday afternoon for Black Press Media’s annual Women in Business Gala. The event honours ‘women who make a difference’ in the region. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Ken Lavigne kicks off Christmas with annual concert favourite

For many, the time to celebrate the Christmas spirit starts in December. For Ken Lavigne, that time actually starts in June.

That’s when the talented tenor begins planning his annual Christmas concert in Victoria — one of his favourite performances of the year.

This December, Lavigne returns to the Royal Theatre for Songs and Stories of Christmas for a matinee and evening show.

“My goal is to entertain — to tap into that joyful spirit of the season,” Lavigne says. “Our goal is to have you filled with joy and hope for a wonderful Christmas, whether they’re going away or have family coming to town.”

Lavigne will perform traditional Christmas songs such as O Holy Night, White Christmas and Christmas carols, among others.

READ ALSO: B.C. scouting group’s tent destroyed by black bear on Thanksgiving

Last year’s concert included what Lavigne calls “audience participation antics,” in the form of 2,500 imported snowballs, which the audience used to have an indoor snowball fight. It was such a hit that Lavigne plans on bringing it back again this year.

In addition, Lavigne will be bringing elements of storytelling to this year’s festivities as well. “I love giving context to some of these songs that I’m performing — what they might mean to me and some of the history behind them,” says Lavigne, noting he loves storytelling, especially with his two kids. “Each of these songs has their own unique character.”

While Lavigne has performed around North America, including at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York, he admits there’s no feeling quite like performing in Victoria.

“I love that energy that comes with performing to a packed house in front of a hometown crowd,” says Lavigne, who spent his formative years on the West Shore and now calls Chemainus home. “It’s really exciting. It’s a really special moment.”

Songs and Stories of Christmas takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7 and tickets range from $33 to $75. To purchase tickets, visit rmts.bc.ca. Black Press is a proud sponsor of Ken Lavigne.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VicPD find used, uncapped needle tied to handrail in Beacon Hill Park

Officers believe the needle was put there with the intent to harm someone

Saanich Peninsula plugs into EV ownership

Sidney and Central Saanich record the second and third-highest EV ownership rate per 1,000 residents

Saanich landfill gets used oil and antifreeze dropoff centre upgrades

BC Used Oil Management Association oversees upgrades, two new facilities in province

Colwood man to ride 400 kilometres to fight kids cancer

Man riding for a beloved family member who died from leukemia at 13-years-old

Saanich woman completes 10 marathons, raises double her initial goal amount

Over $20,000 raised for Victoria Hospitals Foundation

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

App requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years, and a relatively new operating system

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

Woman arrested near Nanaimo beach after alleged road rage incidents

37-year-old woman facing charges including assault, assaulting a police officer, impaired driving

All inquiry recommendations implemented after fatal Port Hardy RCMP shooting: Ministry

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. cleared the RCMP officers involved of wrongdoing

Leave your deets when dining: Restaurants taking personal info to trace COVID-19

Health officials say indoor dining presents a higher risk

Raptors kneel for both American and Canadian anthems ahead of tipoff

Majority of players have substituted their names on the backs of their jerseys with racial and social justice messages

Most Read