October 24, 8:00 PM, Casino Regina Show Lounge
Andy Kim's It's Decided transcends the galaxies of history within it. Renowned for 30 million records sold worldwide with eternal #1 hits like "Rock Me Gently", "Baby, I Love You" and The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar", the legendary songwriter and recording artist has captured a vibrant new sound, timeless in its opposing auras of permanence and ephemera. Co-written and produced by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think) and Dave Hamelin (The Stills), It's Decided is the crystallization of a music community around a living, thriving legend.
Lead by Andy Kim's wisdom through his stunningly youthful vocals, the album's ten songs are accented by contributions by luminaries Ron Sexsmith, Jeff Barry, John McIntyre (Tortoise), Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), and Derek Downham. Surrendering to what Kim calls "the magic & the brilliance of Kevin Drew", songs with the impeccable intuition of a Hall of Fame songwriter shimmer with Drew's studio flourishes. A song like "Sail On" coasts on handclaps and a perfect chorus. The wistful "Shoot 'Em Up Baby", originally released by Kim in '68 with "Sugar, Sugar" co-writer Barry, shows glimpses of the original's ethereal doo-wop through bright new chiming piano. The album closing "Who Came First", rewritten from the Social Scene archives, shuffles upward with that familiar Broken sound of low, syncopated saxophone - another example of the wide-eyed reinvention that is It's Decided. As Drew says, this is "Andy's heartfelt want to still make it even though many would say his history is enough”. Gentle and enigmatic, ageless and ecstatic. "Andy Kim always looks to transcend and find the honesty in what he does and does with others.”
Songs: “Baby, I Love You So”, “Rock Me Gently”, “Sugar, Sugar”, “How’d We Ever Get This Way”, “Shoot ‘Em Up, Baby!” and “Amour”.
Tickets on sale May 13 for Players Club Members, May 15 for general public.
1880 Saskatchewan Drive
Local Number: 306-565-3000