By Martha Perkins

Dal Richards is sitting on a leather couch in his three-storey loft in Gastown. While his wife Muriel slips downstairs to answer an email about one of his upcoming gigs and the photographer sets up his equipment, Richards is talking to Dawn Chubai about what it’s like to perform together on stage.

“You make me feel so young,” the bandleader says to Chubai, the Breakfast TV host who moonlights as one of Dal’s Gals.

Chubai smiles, channels her inner Frank Sinatra and sings, “You make me feel so young… you make me feel there are songs to be sung.”

The notes trail off but the smile stays. “We should do that song,” she says to Richards.

Dal Richards Zoomer Magazine

Zooming – Dal Richards, 92.

Musician, Ochestra Leader, Super Senior, Zoomer

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, champagne corks will pop in the Whistler Ballroom at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, B.C., and the Dal Richards Orchestra will swing into "Auld Lang Syne." Incredibly, it will be Richards's 76th New Year's Eve performance. The 92-year-old (93 on Jan. 5), who play clarinet as well as tenor and alto saxophones, is a perpetual star in Vancouver. Grandchildren of couples he serenaded in the '40s and '50s at the chic Panorama Roof "high atop the Hotel Vancouver" now hire his orchestra for their weddings. Richards wrote "Roar You Lions, Roar" for the B.C. Lions football team years ago and still plays at home games; billed as Canada's King of Swing, he hosts Dal's Place, a radio show on Vancouver's AM650. But, he says, "Running down Vancouver's Robson Street with the Olympic torch [last February] was one of the most exciting moments of my life."

How does he do it? A few years ago, Richards took part in a B.C. Cancer Agency genetics research project. It turns out he's a "super senior," an exceptionally healthy person over 85 who has never had the chronic illnesses often associated with aging. His wife, Muriel, 61, says it has to do with his calendar. "He keeps booking. As long as he's got a gig, nothing is going to happen to him!"

Dal is available for your event, big or small: Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events, conventions, festivals, concerts, dances & holiday parties!

"Thank you for making our celebration of Canada Day at Crofton Manor very special. The residents were delighted and it brought back fond memories of the days when they used to dance at 'The Roof'. Your performance was outstanding."

- Anonymous