“Sugar Sugar” hitmaker Andy Kim returns for his lucky number 13 charity Christmas show, Dec. 6 at Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with an assortment of guests, including Ron Sexsmith, Michel Pagliaro, Platium Blonde, Hawksley Workman, members of The Strumbellas, Danny Michel and Choir! Choir! Choir! More will be announced in the coming weeks.
Hosted by Sean Cullen, who recently opened for Ricky Gervais at Massey Hall, funds raised will go to Gifts of Light — a program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for its in and out patients to receive gifts at the holidays. Often away from family or ostracized due to their illness, CAMH is the only Canadian hospital that does not have a gift shop.
Tickets — which always sell out — are on sale Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. ET. ($25, $40 and $150 for VIP, plus fees), via livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. All seats are reserved.
“Lucky 13. As I look back I'm awed by the magic and spirituality of this one idea,” Kim said in a statement. “Ask my fellow Canadian artists to help me help our community. Giving is always the best part of an artists' life and knowing that we've raised over $700,000 through the years makes it all worthwhile.
“My relationship with Gifts of Light is a very special one,” he adds, “and as I continue to see how this program makes a difference in our community, I am proud to again make this my charity of choice.”
Sexsmith, one of Kim’s dearest friends, said he looks forward to the Andy Kim Christmas Show every year “…even more than Christmas itself.”
Kim, who left home in Montreal as a teenager in the 60s to work in New York’s famous Brill Building in the 70s, had nine Billboard top 40 hits, including No. 1 songs “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar.” In May, 2016, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame./homme/nike-dunk-sb