Andy Kim hosts The Andy Kim Christmas Show, with the Barenaked Ladies, Raine Maida, Ron Sexsmith, Sean Cullen, Gowan and others, to benefit the Childrens Aid Society. Mod Club Wednesday (December 12). $25. Tickets available at Soundscape, Rotate This, ticketmaster.ca.
What Toronto restaurant do you like to eat at before a show?
I never eat before a show, but I do eat out every night and have become friends with some of Toronto's great chefs. If I were to choose one I'd be found poisoned one night.
Who's your favourite Toronto artist?
Every artist who has appeared at The Andy Kim Christmas Show, especially this year's lineup. I will miss my friend Haydain Neale of Jacksoul this year and I'm praying he'll grace our stage again next year.
What do you love most about Toronto?
The winters are not as cold as Montreal winters.
What do you hate about the city?
Hotel of choice?
My comfort zone has been between the Four Seasons and the Windsor Arms.
How do you spend your day off in Toronto?
I love walking, so I find the charm of Queen Street inspiring and the quiet of Yorkville in the late afternoon just right for a glass of wine. I also seem to always end up at HMV on Bloor trying to be discrete, hoping no one will see me flipping through the K section to see if my CDs are selling.
What was your biggest misconception about the city?
I never had any misconception of this great city. I believe in people, and this whole city has become an international welcome sign, especially to the entertainment community.