Christmas officially starts!
we wholeheartedly agree with you. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
— CAMH Foundation (@endstigma) December 8, 2017
As far as we’re concerned (Unity360Media), it doesn’t feel like Christmas until we attend The Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show! We’ve attended the show for over 8 years (the nominal ticket price is well worth it), and each year Andy Kim brings out some of the best Canadian talent to grace the stage.
In it’s 13th year, The Annual Andy Kim Christmas supports CAMH Gifts Of Light with proceeds benefiting the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CAMH Gifts of Light program.
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— Unity360 (@Unity360Media) December 7, 2017
In its second straight year at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto), local choir group Choir! Choir! Choir! opened with Louis Armstrong’s classic “What a Wonderful Life“, followed with an Andy Kim/Def Leppard mash up, “Sugar, Sugar + Pour Some Sugar On Me“.
Artists donating their time included comedian Sean Cullen (as host) and special musical guests The Sheepdogs, Ron Sexsmith, Maestro (Fresh Wes), Hawksley Workman, Members of The Strumbellas, Platinum Blonde, Michel Pagliaro, Danny Michel, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Danny Michel and Kayla Diamond.
Platinum Blonde got the sold out crowd standing with debut album classics, “Not in Love“ and “Doesn’t Really Matter“.
Reminiscent of the 40-year classic TV duet of Bing Crosby & David Bowie, Ron Sexsmith & Sean Cullen showcased their spin for the audience.
Governor General’s Performing Arts Award recipient Michel Pagliaro, performed his timeless rock classics, “What The Hell I Got” and “Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy”.
The “godfather of Canadian hip hop” Maestro (Fresh Wes) opened the second set with Canadian pioneering 1989 classic, “Let Your Backbone Slide“
Canadian success story The Strumbellas followed with Brenda Lee Christmas classic “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” and their worldwide hit, “Spirits” accompanied by Choir! Choir! Choir!.
Saskatoon natives The Sheepdogs, opened with new single from their latest album Changing Colours, “I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be” followed with their breakthrough hit, “I Don’t Know”.
Ron Sexsmith was up next with a yearly Show tradition, a classic cover of Chris Rea’s, “Driving Home For Christmas” — a (Unity360Media) favourite, it doesn’t feel like Christmas without it!
Here I am performing at this years Andy Kim Christmas show in Toronto RS https://t.co/QbVazhjHdB
— Ron Sexsmith (@RonSexsmith) December 11, 2017
As tradition, all of the participants joined onstage for Andy Kim’s worldwide 1974 Billboard #1 hit classic “Rock Me Gently”.