A Legacy Weekend in the T.Dot!

Andy Kim

By Don Graham

The last weekend of the summer holidays in the Big Smoke of Toronto, Ontario saw three superstars of the 60’s and 70’s all in town and making their presence felt.

At the grand old dame we call the Canadian National Exhibition (known locally as the Ex) Andy Kim and Tommy James and the Shondells had The Bandshell rockin’ with back to back to back hits! They brought life to the old expression “The hits just keep on coming!”

Kim and his tight five piece band seamlessly worked their way through the short thirty five minute set, weaving new material into the fold with classics such as How’d We Ever Get This Way and Rock Me Gently and of course the song Kim wrote for the Archies Sugar Sugar. Most noteworthy of the new material was the Kim penned title track of his latest CD, Happen Again. As usual Andy Kim was as comfortable onstage as he would be in his living room.

Tommy James at the C.N.E.Tommy James at the C.N.E.Tommy James played through his set of hits to an enthusiastic crowd of fans who sang along to familiar tunes such as Crimson and Clover, I Think We’re Alone Now , Gettin’ Together and Hank Panky. To end his set, James boldly left the safety of the stage and walked through the crowd shaking hands and mingling , while The Shondells vamped on Mony Mony, much to the delight of the three thousand strong crowd.  Both music legends owned the stage this warm September night!

Bobby CurtolaBobby CurtolaAcross town, a couple of days later, Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Bobby Curtola , who ironically, back in the day, graced the same Bandstand stage that Kim and James performed on, was in town to accept his induction into the Italian Walk of Fame on Toronto’s College Street in Little Italy. Also inducted that day were Connie Stevens, still gorgeous at 73, actor Franco Nero and hockey god Roberto Luongo.

So the stars were shining brightly in September in Toronto by the lake! All three performers brought back memories to those of us old enough to remember and gave inspiration to the young ones starting out.