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Andy Kim Christmas Special Raises $190K For Charity

The annual star-studded seasonal show had to go virtual last month, but it was another big fundraising success, thanks in large part to the Slaight Family Foundation. The three recipient charities are Crew Nation, CAMH Gifts of Light, and Food Banks Canada.

Andy Kim Christmas Special Raises $190K For Charity

By FYI Staff

The fundraising figures are in for last month's Andy Kim Christmas Special, and they're impressive, thanks to a $100K donation from the Slaight Family Foundation. Overall, the holiday charity event raised over $190,000 for the three recipient charities, Crew Nation, CAMH Gifts of Light, and Food Banks Canada. Co-presenter Air Miles gave viewers the chance to donate Miles towards rewards that directly benefited Food Banks Canada and that raised over $40,000 of the total. 


Long-established as one of Toronto's most popular seasonal shows, the Andy Kim Christmas Special was forced to go the virtual route last month. The 16th annual edition was nationally aired on December 19 and December 24 on Citytv and Citytv.com.

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Performers who donated their time and cachet included Andy Kim, Barenaked Ladies, Broken Social Scene, Buffy Sainte-Marie, City and Colour, Glass Tiger & Roch Voisine, Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall, Ron Sexsmith, Sam Roberts, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, and William Prince.

In a press release, Kim stated “Work is just work unless there is The Purpose. I’m lucky and blessed to have been alongside the inspired who understood helping those in need was paramount during the 2020 Christmas and Holiday Season. Every artist I asked to donate their time and perform a song for our Christmas Special said yes because of the idea of helping others. Whether we do this again or not, I’m thankful to everyone for their time and commitment, and to everyone watching the show at home."

The two-hour music special, broadcast from Toronto’s El Mocambo on December 19, reached over 2.5 million viewers and re-aired on Christmas Eve with over 2.3 million Canadians tuning in.

The special was hosted by Sportsnet host and Juno-nominated musician, Tara Slone as well as Cityline host Tracy Moore.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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