July 7, 2022 - A exterior view of  the Royal Theatre. Don Denton photo.

Jon and Roy’s Holiday Special at the Royal Theatre

Classic revue-style concert features Haley Blais, Bella White and Jeremie Albino

  • Dec. 7, 2022 7:30 a.m.

Pull on your Blundstones and button up your best flannel, because Victoria’s indie folk darlings Jon and Roy are back with their 13th annual Holiday Special! A local holiday tradition, this evening will be showcased at the Royal Theatre on Friday, December 9. Join Jon and Roy and a host of nationally recognized musicians to ring in the festive season at the merriest musical event Victoria has to offer.

With a successful 2022 European tour and thousands of loyal followers, Jon and Roy’s effortlessly charming stage performance is better than ever, and nowhere do they shine as brightly as in their hometown of Victoria.

Accompanying Jon and Roy this year is “Canada’s nostalgia pop queen” Haley Blais. Blais’s new record Below the Salt bursts out of the gate in a flurry of drums, keys and soaring synths as she belts out rock ’n’ roll confessionals by way of Stevie Nicks, Karen Carpenter and Hayley Williams.

Joining in on the Yuletide fun is Calgary-born, Nashville/Victoria-based bluegrass darling Bella White, with her sparse but lushly detailed sound and intensely self-aware lyrics. Described as “sublime Appalachian heartbreak” by Rolling Stone, White’s performance is sure to stun with songs from her debut record Just Like Leaving, as well as new material from her upcoming second album.

Toronto roots musician Jeremie Albino rounds out the evening of homegrown Canadian talent, delivering smoky harmonies, soaring guitars, honky-tonk piano and foot-stomping grooves. Past Dawn, Albino’s most recent album, promises hints of Americana, folk, blues and rock ’n’ roll, making him the perfect addition to this collection of like-minded performers.

With past guests featuring internationally recognized artists like Bahamas, Damien Jurado, Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper), Jesse Roper, Current Swell and more, the Holiday Special has showcased outstanding musical talent for over a decade.

Nothing inspires festive camaraderie quite like the Holiday Special, so gather up the gang and purchase your tickets now!

Doors are at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.

Tickets start at $31.75 and are available at rmts.bc.ca. For more information on Jon and Roy and their musical catalogue, and to purchase tickets to upcoming tour dates, visit jonandroy.ca.