Ken Lavigne heading back to Chemainus [video]

The holiday season has become a hurry-up world of decorating, cooking and hitting the malls but it used to be so, so different.

The holiday season has become a hurry-up world of decorating, cooking and hitting the malls but it used to be so, so different.

And popular singer Ken Lavigne wants to recreate those days when every member of the family would gather around the radio of an evening to listen, and even join in, as Christmas music warms the house while winter closes in outdoors.

Lavigne has revamped his Christmas Musical Roadshow for its second incarnation and it’s nearly ready for presentation in his hometown of Chemainus at the Chemainus United Church.

There are three shows planned: Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m., and again that same night, at 7:30 p.m., with another show the following day, Sunday, Dec. 18, starting at 2:30 p.m.

“This is year two and we are so excited,” he says. “It’s a throwback to the golden age of live radio, evoking the sounds of radio drama, with special sound-effects, and presenting a Christmas story, putting our own modern spin on it. We will be dressing the stage as an old time radio studio, as best we can. It’s entertainment, sharing stories and the Christmas spirit, which is all about joy.”

Lavigne has a huge following in the Cowichan Valley, and everyone was delighted when he fulfilled his dream of his own solo show at famous Carnegie Hall in 2008. He is also a co-founder of the successful tenor trio, Romanza.

He says he’s also a lifelong fan of the festive season, so there will be plenty of Christmas favourites to enjoy.

Tickets are $35 in advance, or $40 at the door.

Advance tickets are available at 49th Parallel in Chemainus and Duncan, Volume One Bookstore in Duncan, and at Chemainus United Church or call 250-246-3592 for ticket information.