Holiday-time rocking
Deirdre Kelly joined a spirited celebration at the Mod Club, all in support of the Children's Aid Society.

December 22, 2007
If a Barenaked Lady under the mistletoe is your idea of a good Christmas party, then last week's rockin' holiday concert at the Mod Club, featuring a sparkling lineup of Canadian talent, was a very merry place, indeed.
Long-time rocker Andy Kim, the Montreal singer-songwriter who penned Sugar, Sugar for the Archies and Changes for the Monkees, invited a number of notables - Ron Sexsmith, Our Lady Peace singer Raine Maida and the Barenaked Ladies included - to join him in an evening of song benefiting the Children's Aid Society.

But this wasn't caroling as you'd normally know it. Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart swiveled his hips and wore a red boa for his, um, rousing version of Feliz Navidad that left the audience of 650 fans screaming for more.

Beside the $10,000 raised for Children's Aid, the biggest gift of the evening may have been a rare return performance by native son Lawrence Gowan, whose monster hit of 1985, (You're a) Strange Animal, had the crowd singing along, fists pumping the air.
The elfin Mr. Gowan, recently turned 51, is today lead singer of the internationally touring arena-rock band Styx.

His return to the Toronto stage after a lengthy absence was all due to Mr. Kim, whose third annual Christmas benefit is fast becoming a Toronto holiday tradition. Mr. Gowan - who recently played Wembley Stadium with Deep Purple - said it was one of the biggest thrills of the year for him.

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