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“If you have music ... you have a friend”

Pop legend Andy Kim brings his rollicking Christmas extravaganza back this year to benefit the Regent Park School of Music tomorrow night. Join Kim, along with friends Ron Sexsmith, Jully Black, Serena Ryder, Platinum Blonde and the Regent Park School of Music at the Mod Club. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

Pop legend Andy Kim brings his rollicking Christmas extravaganza back this year to benefit the Regent Park School of Music tomorrow night. Join Kim, along with friends Ron Sexsmith, Jully Black, Serena Ryder, Platinum Blonde and the Regent Park School of Music at the Mod Club. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

What do you consider the highlight of your show?

It’s always exciting to be part of this event because it allows me to be on stage with just incredible, iconic musicians. But the deeper part of that is they are absolutely giving of their time to help promote the charity. A couple of hours on stage will be felt as just a great way to not only help us all start the holiday season, but to really benefit Regent Park School of Music.

What does this particular cause mean to you?

I had a chance to go and meet the kids last year and hear them play and spent some time talking about their feelings about their future. To me that makes it all personal. It takes it to a place that makes it a little different than just writing a cheque for somebody. I’ve always believed if you have music in your life, you have a friend for life.

You’re now in your sixth year and growing. Talk about the public response.

We’ve been fortunate enough to sell out every year, and the response that I get is that we should up ticket prices because it’s always such phenomenal artists and such a great show, and I still keep it at $25. My interest is for it to be affordable and if someone thinks it’s worth more, have them write a cheque to the particular charity.

Why is it so important for music programs like the one in Regent Park to continue?

I think music helps your self-esteem. If you’re a musician and you play, you’re having a magical time, so if I can help someone get an instrument or help a program move forward, that’s a wonderful opportunity. If I can bring something to Regent Park that adds to the program that already exists, it’s great.

 
 
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