Andy Kim‘s annual Christmas concert is coming to a screen near you this year. The veteran Canadian singer-songwriter’s star-studded yearly fundraiser makes its television debut on Dec. 19 with a two-hour special broadcast from Toronto’s El Mocambo club and airing on Citytv at 8 p.m.
“I was on the verge of having to postpone the 16th year of my Christmas show and was truly bummed out,” Kim said in a statement. “I kept thinking of all the people who are having a difficult time economically, spiritually and emotionally. I did not want to abandon the purpose of my yearly show — giving to those in need at this time of year. With the support of Live Nation Canada, Rogers and Air Miles, I am excited to bring the Andy Christmas Special from coast to coast for the first time and hopefully raise an incredible amount of money to very worthy causes through the power of music.”
Hosted by Juno-nominated musician Tara Slone and Cityline‘s Tracy Moore, this charity event will treat Canadians to a classic variety entertainment show that includes performances by some of the country’s most sought-after singer/songwriters and performers. Viewers can look forward to seeing Andy Kim, Barenaked Ladies, Broken Social Scene, Buffy Sainte-Marie, City and Colour, Glass Tiger & Roch Voisine, Jully Black, Ron Sexsmith, Sam Roberts, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder & William Prince.
“Andy Kim’s Christmas is an expression of love. From the beginning of his career he spoke to what love and giving means in our lives. Now we need love and giving more than ever,” said Riley O’Connor of Live Nation Canada.
Viewers will be encouraged to visit Donate.AndyKimMusic.com to support three great causes: Crew Nation, CAMH Gifts of Light and Food Banks Canada. Crew Nation is a charitable fund, created to support independent workers who are the backbone of the live music industry, who have been left without work. CAMH Gifts of Light is a donation-funded program that meets the unique needs of its patients. The funds from Andy Kim’s Christmas show will help Food Banks Canada with the immediate emergency needs, and to prepare for what’s to come.