by Matthew Hoekstra - Richmond Review
posted Mar 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM— updated Mar 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Richmond Hospital Foundation’s Starlight Gala is getting star power this year, as the charity announced this week singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk will perform at the foundation’s signature black tie event.
“Having one of Canada’s top singing stars paying tribute to Richmond’s top health care professionals is a perfect match for this event and our community donors,” said Natalie Meixner, president and CEO of the foundation, in a statement.
Kreviazuk, a Juno-award-winning singer and sought-after songwriter, will be joined on stage by the Richmond Orchestra for the Oct. 19 event. The community orchestra’s 40 members are known for hosting notable guest soloists, but collaborating with Kreviazuk is “huge,” said conductor James Malmberg.
“She’s a pretty big name. It’s really exciting,” he said. “We’ll spend the month of September learning our parts. I assume at the beginning of October we’ll get a chance to rehearse with her, and then put on the show.”
Kreviazuk, 38, is no stranger to orchestras. The classically trained pianist from Winnipeg released her sixth album last year, In This Life—a live recording with the Niagara Symphony.
She found fame beyond Canada’s borders in 1998 with her cover of John Denver’s “Leaving On a Jet Plane,” a song featured on the Armageddon soundtrack. In recent years, Kreviazuk has co-written songs with stars that include Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne. She’s also collaborated with many others, including David Cook, Gwen Stefani and Carrie Underwood.
Her 2009 album Plain Jane was a statement of her relatively anonymous life as a mom of three boys in Los Angeles, and it was the first non-major label release of her career.
She brought the album’s songs to Richmond in November 2009 for a sold-out concert at River Rock Show Theatre. Sitting behind a grand piano, she also performed her familiar hits: “In This Life,” “Feels Like Home,” “Before You,” “Surrounded” and “Feels Like Home.”
Kreviazuk, who is married to Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida, is also known for her humanitarian work and her support of children’s hospitals.
Since 1999, the Starlight Gala has raised over $2.7 million for health care services and programs at Richmond Hospital. Last year’s event, which included a performance by the Canadian Tenors, raised over $350,000.
The 15th annual Starlight Gala, in which Kreviazuk will appear, is Oct. 19 at River Rock Casino Resort. Tickets are $350, available at richmondhospitalfoundation.com