Saturday night dances return to the Langford Legion next month

D.J. Hurricane inspired to create a West Shore venue for music lovers

A weekly dance featuring oldies music is taking over the Royal Canadian Legion’s Prince Edward Branch # 91 in Langford every Saturday in January.

Ken Himes, a.k.a. DJ Hurricane, said it’s an opportunity for people interested in having a little weekend fun closer to home rather than making the trek downtown.

“Langford is a prosperous growing community; it has everything going for it,” he said. “I want to have (more) night life, I want something where people can go out and enjoy a safe night … It’s bringing a little energy from downtown to the Goldstream area.”

Himes, who has spent time as a sports announcer, a ring announcer and a DJ, but is now on disability, was a military reserve member for many years. As such, hosting a regular dance at the Legion is important to him, he said. He is training a protege to take the reins of the free event, which he describes as not your typical 1950s music sock hop, but a trip down musical memory lane from the ‘70s, ‘80s and more.

“People love the ‘80s, the music from 30 to 35 years ago. Everyone, even the young people, know (the songs),” Himes said. “Langford is alive with the sound of great music again, (and it’s) a safe alternative to going downtown.”

Different themes and local comedy acts will be part of the fun throughout the night for these licensed events, said Himes, calling it a good time for adults of all ages.

“It’s the music you loved growing up. I’m getting back to what I love, putting smiles on peoples faces, for people who like to have a good time.

“People are looking forward to something like this; it’s been a long time coming and will be a consistent place to go on Saturday nights. We won’t be playing any Katy Perry or Britney Spears, the music will have meaning and people will be dancing.”

The licensed dances are free to enter and start at 7 p.m. beginning Jan. 3 at the Legion, 761 Station Ave.