Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

A good-sized crowd turned out at Slave Lake’s Legacy Centre on Nov. 27 for the latest edition of the Stage North Association’s concert series.

Called ‘3 Knights with a Tenor, And a Little Mistletoe,’ the show featured singer Ken Lavigne singing the songs of three knights of the British Realm – Elton John, Paul McCartney and Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus a few seasonal standards. According to Stage North Association president Carmen Pearson, over 160 tickets were sold for the show, a nice improvement in attendance over the previous Stage North event.

Generous local sponsorship is a big part of the story, as Pearson made a point of mentioning at the show.

“For most shows, we barely break even but it is mainly about the opportunity that Stage North events provide to the community,” she says. “For us, the reward is seeing a good attendance. When we can bring a quality performer like Ken Lavigne to town and put on a great event for our patrons, we are doing exactly what our association has mandated!

“It’s always a challenge getting commitment to any event in Slave Lake,” Pearson adds, “but we have been consistent. We just want the community to know and trust that coming to a Stage North event will be an affordable and enjoyable night out.”

Coming up next in the Stage North Concert Series is Tim Tamashiro’s tribute to the Rat Pack, called ‘When You’re Smiling,’ on Feb. 24. Later in the season are the Nervous Flirts, and blues rocker Jesse Roper.

Singer Ken Lavigne belts out his version of the Elvis Presley song ‘Blue Christmas’ to close his show at Slave Lake’s Legacy Centre on Nov. 27.