Andy Kim and four other hip hol­i­day mu­si­cal hap­pen­ings

Fes­tive De­cem­ber events not all just about singing along with Mes­siah

North York Post - - Arts - by Ron John­son

Thirteen years ago, Toronto mu­si­cian Andy Kim de­cided to put on a lit­tle hol­i­day show so he wouldn’t feel so down over Christmas. It’s turned into one of the city’s favourite mistle­toetrimmed events.

“The first one was kind of my reach­ing out to some of the mu­si­cians I had just met,” says Kim, who at the time was new to the city, hav­ing moved to Toronto af­ter liv­ing in New York City and Los An­ge­les.

“Christ­mas­time is a melan­choly time for me, for what­ever rea­son. Hav­ing just met Ron Sex­smith, I thought to my­self, maybe we can go some­where, strap on our gui­tars and sing songs.”

Ac­cord­ing to Kim, the first show (at the Mod Club) was sup­posed to be a one-off, but it was so suc­cess­ful that he was asked to do it again. The for­mula is sim­ple. The mu­sic com­mu­nity in Toronto (and Mon­treal, for the fourth year) gets to­gether. Each artist plays a cou­ple of songs, and all the pro­ceeds go to char­ity.

This year’s con­cert, at the Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre on Dec. 6, will be hosted by co­me­dian Seán Cullen and will in­clude per­for­mances by Sex­smith, who has only missed one show, along with Hawk­sley Work­man, Danny Michel, the Strum­bel­las, Plat­inum Blonde, Choir! Choir! Choir! and the Sheep­dogs.

“Lucky 13. As I look back I'm awed by the magic and spir­i­tu­al­ity of this one idea,” says Kim, who had a string of nine Bill­board hits in­clud­ing chart-top­ping song “Rock Me Gen­tly.”

“I ask my fel­low Cana­dian artists to help me help our com­mu­nity. Giv­ing is al­ways the best part of an artist’s life, and know­ing that we’ve raised over $700,000 through the years makes it all worth­while.”

“I never re­ally had any ex­pe­ri­ence putting on a show, but it’s kind of been like my life,” says Kim. “One mo­ment at a time, and if you dream it, won­der­ful peo­ple will come into your life and help you get there.”

Andy Kim is ready to host his 13th Christmas show this month

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