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Andy Kim Christmas Set For Massey Hall On Dec. 6

The storied, elegant and uber-successful Montreal-born singer-songwriter will be sporting a small pin on stage at Massey Hall when he hosts his 19th Christmas charity fundraiser.

Andy Kim Christmas Set For Massey Hall On Dec. 6

By FYI Staff

The storied, elegant and uber-successful Montreal-born singer-songwriter will be sporting a small pin on stage at Massey Hall when he hosts his 19th Christmas charity fundraiser. The lapel pin signifies his rank of Officer of the Order of Canada, something he is well proud of, as too the fact that his annual concert event has cumulatively raised over $3M for the city’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. (CAMH).


It's a big achievement that recognizes his philanthropy and a remarkable career that racked up an impressive number of hits, including Rock Me Gently, which, surprisingly, had no takers, so he released it on his own Ice Record imprint and sent copies from Los Angeles, where he was living at the time, to Canadian radio. In a 2018 interview with Juliette Jagger, published by the National Music Centre, he attached a note with the 45 that read: “‘Hi, my name is Andy Kim. I appreciate your support in the past. I’ve come back home. I’ve just written a new song. I do not have a U.S. distributor, so I’m putting the record out on my own.’ Suddenly, it started to get some attention.”

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It did, and it became a number-one hit in Canada and the US and peaked at number 2 in Australia. It’s one of many stories Kim has to tell in a career that can only be called remarkable.

Tickets to The Andy Kim Christmas go on sale Friday, October 27, at MasseyHall.com and TicketMaster.ca, with prices ranging from $35.50- $85.50 plus fees. The complete lineup of musical guests taking the stage will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I can’t believe it’s the 19th Annual Andy Kim Christmas supporting CAMH Gifts of Light. I’m so thankful to Toronto’s community of talented artists. Each year, they come together & donate their time for such a worthy cause,” said Andy Kim. “The heart of this great city continues to inspire as we come together, as one, for an evening of music and love.”
 
The annual has become a star-studded event. Previous guests have included Alex Lifeson, Arkells, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Talent, Bobby Bazini, Broken Social Scene, Buck65, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Choir! Choir! Choir!, City and Colour, Colin James, Cowboy Junkies, Dan Hill, Feist, Georgia Harmer, High Flyer, Jacksoul, Jake Clemons, Jully Black, Kim Mitchell, Lights, Maestro, Men Without Hats, Metric, Michel Pagliaro, Molly Johnson, Nelly Furtado, Ron Sexsmith, Russell Peters, Sam Roberts, Sarah McLachlan, Scott Helman, Serena Ryder, Sloan, The Sadies, The Sheepdogs, The Strumbellas, The Trews, Tom Cochrane, Tom Wilson, Tyler Shaw, and William Prince among many others.

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