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14th ANNUAL ANDY KIM CHRISTMAS SHOW @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Dec 5, 2018)

For 14 years, the Andy Kim Christmas Show has ushered in the holiday season...

This year has been no different, with the main purpose of “giving back” to the CAMH Foundation Gifts of Lights Program.

Founded by the legendary hitmaker singer/songwriter Andy Kim of “Sugar, Sugar” and “Rock Me Gently” fame.

The bevy of shining Canadian contributors continues to break an unimaginable high ceiling year-in, year-out. With worldwide famous comedian Russell Peters MC-ing his second time in as many years.

As with each year, Andy Kim showcases new upcoming Canadian talent. Notables have included The Arkells, The Beaches to The Trews — this year Canadian Idol Theo Tams was featured.

Andy Kim admirers Hayden, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Billy Talent and Bif Naked performed to hometown fans.

Bif Naked (14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show)

Bif Naked14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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A pleasant surprise was the appearance of notable Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ Kevin Hearn performing a touching tribute to the season.

Col. Chris Hadfield & Kevin Hearn (BareNaked Ladies) | 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show

Col. Chris Hadfield & Kevin Hearn (BareNaked Ladies)14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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Coincidentally, it was Andy Kim’s birthday that day, and, of course, Russell Peters was kind enough to instigate an impromptu “Happy Birthday“ audience sing-a-long.

Happy Birthday Andy Kim!!! (14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show)

Happy Birthday Andy!14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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Of course, every yearly highlight included Andy Kim’s performance of the 60s classic, “Rock Me Gently”, interspersed with Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side”. This year accompanied by RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson which made it even more special.

Andy Kim – Rock Me Gently (14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show)

Andy Kim – Rock Me Gently14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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Fresh off a tour with Arcade Fire, Hometown heroes Broken Social Scene started off the second set with the favourite, “Cause-Time”.

Cause=Time by Broken Social Scene (14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show)

Cause=TimeBroken Social Scene14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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As with tradition every year, Ron Sexsmith ushered in the holiday season with popular (a Unity360media favourite), “Driving Home For Christmas”.

"Driving Home For Christmas" by Ron Sexsmith (14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show)

Driving Home For ChristmasRon Sexsmith14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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To many in the audience, especially to many of the young-at-heart who embraced the escapism of suburban blight (of childhood) with 70s/80s Canadian Vinyl album Radio stalwarts…

The next set of famous musicians would seem to be an unimaginable synchronous anomaly.

Starting off with Max Webster’s Kim Mitchell, All We Are” with accompanied vocals by longtime guitarist Peter Fredette was a prelude to a surprising maple leaf tsunami of CanCon nostalgia.

All We Are – Kim Mitchell (14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show)

All We Are – Kim Mitchell14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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Next, RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson joined the “Wild Party” stage for a bluesy-rendition of “Lager & Ale”.

Lager & Ale – Kim Mitchell w. Alex Lifeson (RUSH) (14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show)

Lager & Ale – Kim Mitchellw. ALex Lifeson (RUSH)14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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It has been over 35 years since RUSH and Max Webster shared the stage at the old Maple Leaf Gardens (at the corner of Carleton and Church).

So, to have two principals of both iconic Canadian bands performing the rare collaboration from 1989 Max Webster album Universal Juveniles, “Battle Scar” was a treat beyond music-rock-fanboy-fantasy comprehension.

BATTLESCAR w. Alex Lifeson (RUSH) & Kim Mitchell (Max Webster)

It took over 35 years for Alex Lifeson & Kim Mitchell to share the stage to perform Max Webster classic, "BATTLESCAR"BATTLESCAR w. Alex Lifeson (RUSH) & Kim Mitchell (Max Webster)14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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As MC Russell Peters reminisced of the many “suburban kids” who acquired their music from unorthodox methods (such as from Bata shoes).

One such Canadian band who participated in weird record distribution promotions was the next guest Tom Cochrane (and his longtime bandmates) of Red Rider fame opening with “Boy Inside The Man”.

Tom Cochrane – Boy Inside The Man (14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show)

Tom Cochrane – Boy Inside The Man f. Alex Lifeson14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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For the hardcore RUSH trivia fans, it has been over 50 years since Lifeson shared the stage with Red Rider/Tom Cochrane bassist Jeff Jones, who was the original bassist/singer when Lifeson and drummer John Rutsey performed in the first incarnation of RUSH in 1968. Cochrane & bandmates finished off with the uplifting 1991 worldwide hit “Life is a Highway”.

With a blazing guitar intro by RUSH’s guitarist Alex Lifeson, traditional finale sing-a-long “Sugar Sugar” finished off the night to another memorable, classic evening.

Sugar Sugar – Finale (14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show)

"Sugar Sugar" Finale14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas ShowQueen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto)Dec 5, 2018

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