For the last 17 years, the Andy Kim Christmas Show has been a highlight of the Toronto holiday concert season. Proceeds from the always star-studded charity extravaganza go to support CAMH Gifts of Light. This year's show will be held at Massey Hall on Dec. 8, with tickets now on sale here and here.
Kim and Live Nation have just announced the 2021 lineup, and it is arguably the strongest yet. The list comprises Billy Talent, The Sheepdogs, Ron Sexsmith, Alex Lifeson, Jully Black, Tyler Shaw, Sloan, William Prince, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Jake Clemons, Men Without Hats, Pursuit of Happiness, Theo Tams, Beverly Mahood, Georgia Harmer, Choir, Choir, Choir, and, of course, Andy Kim.
In a press release, Jesse Kumagai, President and CEO, Massey Hall, states "It’s an honour for us to host a true Canadian music legend in Andy Kim and the institution known as The Andy Kim Christmas at Massey Hall. We’ve always admired Andy’s selfless commitment to helping others, rallying his extensive circle of talented friends to put on one of the year’s best nights of music, all while raising funds for CAMH Gifts of Light. It’s an inspiring demonstration of music’s power to bring people together and better our community. We can’t wait for December."
Kim declares that “I have long wanted to do the Christmas show at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall and with the support of Live Nation Canada, I am excited to be one of the first to perform after their revitalization and bring The Andy Kim Christmas back in front of a live audience. It has been many, many long months and, hopefully, we can once again raise an incredible amount of money for CAMH."
The concert takes the form of a classic variety entertainment show, one featuring holiday performances by some of Canada's top singers/songwriters and performers. Past guests include Sarah McLachlan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Russell Peters, Sean Cullen, Kim Mitchell, City and Colour, Nelly Furtado, The Strumbellas, Tom Cochrane, Michel Pagliaro, Cowboy Junkies, Barenaked Ladies, The Trews, Feist, Amy Millan, Sam Roberts, Lights, Maestro, James Black & Rick Jackett from Finger Eleven, Serena Ryder, Colin James, Sarah Harmer, Jacksoul, BUCK65, Honeymoon Suite, Arkells, k-os, Tom Wilson, Tomi Swick, Bobby Bazini, and many more.
Last year, the concert was aired coast to coast on television, raising over $200,000 to bring its cumulative money raised to over $1.8 million.
During the duration of the live concert, audiences at home will be encouraged to support CAMH GIFTS OF LIGHT, a 100% donation-funded Toronto program that meets the unique needs of its patients.