A production of the Riverdale Share Community Association in partnership with the Ralph Thornton Community Organization.

The 22nd Annual
will take place
Sunday, December 7th, 2014
at 3pm
The Danforth Music Hall

The Riverdale Share Concert is a diverse holiday celebration held every December in Toronto’s vibrant Riverdale neighbourhood. It’s made possible by the contributions of residents, businesses, students, volunteers, civic leaders, and some of Toronto’s most celebrated artists. This 100% volunteer-run organization plans to once again raise over $30,000 and truckloads of food for families in crisis in the community in one afternoon. Admission is $20.00 plus a non-perishable food item.

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2014 Riverdale Share Performers

YOUR HOST – Mike Tanner 


Mike is the chief cook and bottle-washer with local band The Circumstantialists (facebook.com/circumstantialists), rehabbing the most forgettable pop of the ‘70s each month at the Dora Keogh. In October Mike began his new position at City Hall as Toronto’s Music Sector Development Officer. It is a gig about finding ways to further the growth and heighten the profile of the city’s music industry. He is also Deputy Treasurer of the Sue Baker Fan Club.

Kim Stockwood


Kim Stockwood is a born entertainer, a fine songwriter and a successful recording artist. Her solo success comes from multiple radio hits including Jerk, She’s Not In Love, and You Won’t Remember This. Kim has also hit the top of the charts with trio, Shaye, with Happy Baby and Lake of Fire. Kim’s most recent album, Back to the Water, is a collection of traditional folk songs, and a tribute to her beloved Newfoundland. Winner of the ECMA award for Folk/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year in 2012, the record has been embraced by folk audiences and Stockwood fans across Canada.

Robert Missen


Tenor Robert Missen has had a long and distinguished career in this business we call show. He has been and continues to be a performer, artist’s manager, artistic director, producer, promoter and all-around cheerleader for the performing arts in all its wonderful manifestations. He is thrilled to be back at Riverdale Share after quite a number of years. Merry, Christmas, everyone!

Wexford Gleeks


The award winning Wexford Gleeks are a nationally recognized ensemble formed from the auditioned Wexford Collegiate Performing Arts program. They have recently been the subject of the TVO documentary Unsung – Behind the Glee‘ and The Real Glee by Global Television’s 16 by 9. Graduates of the program work all over the world with former students working at Shaw, Stratford and on Broadway.

Don Gough – Circus Academy


Don Gough has been studying various forms of Martial Arts since 1979. Competing and teaching since 1982, his titles include national and regional championships. His teaching experience extends beyond traditional Martial Arts in the areas of acrobatics, gymnastics and self-defense. His company, The Road to Safety Self-Defense, specializes in instruction for women, children, the physically impaired and personal security agents. As a circus performer his main focus has been fire performance and stilt walking. Don is also a professional stunt performer and actor, working in film, television and theatre since the age of 7.

Pressgang Mutiny


Pressgang Mutiny is a six-man a capella ensemble from Toronto dedicated to spreading the tradition of sea shanties from all parts of the world. Come and hear strong harmonies delivered with energy and enthusiasm!

Kitchen Music Studios – Young Players


This delightful band of musicians is comprised of six young talents that frequent the halls of Kitchen Music Studios in Riverdale: Cait Roberts and Mika Halinski on vocals, with Aidan Samuels, Maddie Aucoin, Ty Parker and Chloe Dynin on guitar. This is their first performance for Riverdale Share and they are pleased as punch to participate. Merry Christmas everyone! For more info on all that Kitchen Music offers, visit kitchenmusicstudios.com

Murray McLauchlan


Murray McLauchlan began writing songs and performing them in his late teens. He played at major music festivals, such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival and Mariposa, where he appeared alongside Jim Croce and John Prine. Now, thirty odd years later, Murray has eighteen albums to his credit on both True North Records and Capitol Records. Murray has won eleven JUNO awards. In 1993, he was appointed to the order of Canada. In the fall of 2012 he released the highly successful album Human Writes which was played extensively in the U.K., Europe and Australia.



Both Dennis and Tamar grew up in musical households and began their musical careers at the age of four: Dennis on classical piano and guitar and Tamar singing Sephardic, Balkan and Medieval music. They both began studying flamenco at a young age, and eventually met at the Academy of Spanish Dance in Toronto. They have since each spent a year studying at Seville’s prestigious flamenco academy, La Fundación Cristina Heeren. In 2011 they started Ventanas, fusing flamenco, Balkan and Sephardic music and dance.

 Circus Academy – Nigara Mardan


Nigara Mardan came to Canada from Uighur with her father to join her mother, Aygul Memet, an international award-winning acrobat. Now Nigara follows in her mother’s footsteps, already well on her way to becoming an accomplished acrobat & contortionist with Toronto’s own Zero Gravity Circus

Artists’ Play School of Dance–Youth Company


Composed of bright young dance students, this youth company provides an opportunity for dance students to work with professional choreographers, grow their own creative voice and perform in the community. Today’s piece is a fun and playful dance involving ballet and hip hop styles. It was made specifically for this holiday season! Sugar plums, toy soldiers and fairies! Artists’ Play School of Dance focuses on proper dance technique and the fostering of creativity.

David Gale and Randy Vancourt


David has hosted award shows (The Doras & The Harolds) acted at Stratford, (Pirates of Penzance) acted in awardwinning films (Zero Patience) and was recently seen on The Listener. He has directed theatre in Toronto, Minneapolis, Stratford, Vancouver, Edinburgh and London, England. Gale cowrote, produced and starred in the awardwinning musical Chutzpah à GoGo, which played across North America. David won Gemini and Galaxi awards for hosting the cookingwithgrandmothers TV show, Loving Spoonfuls. Gale is also Vice President:Communications for ACTRA Toronto.

Juno-nominated composer, writer and performer, Randy has written music for TV and radio shows from Carmen Sandiego to Dudley The Dragaon to Dr. Demento. He has been Musical Director for over 100 stage productions, and his original work includes co-writing, producing and starring in the award-winning Chutzpah à Go-Go, with productions across Canada and in the U.S. For 15 years he has been one-half of The Original Canadian Dueling Pianos Show and recently worked with the legendary Connie Francis on her latest release, A Soldier Died Today.

Drew Gonsalves – Kobo Town


Originally from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Drew Gonsalves is a singer and songwriter whose music has been described as “a unique, stylistic, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.” (Exclaim!) He is the bandleader of Toronto-based Kobo Town whose latest album Jumbie in the Jukebox topped the European World Music Charts last year and was nominated for both the Polaris Prize and a 2014 Juno Award. With the group, he tours regularly throughout Europe, North America and the Caribbean.

Devin Cuddy


Musical talent certainly doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Cuddy family. Despite being the son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Devin has always been determined to forge his own musical path. Drawing on influences from New Orleans jazz and good old fashioned honky tonk, Devin’s debut album, Volume One (2012) garnered a Juno nomination right out of the gate. His sophomore record Kitchen Knife was released summer 2014.

Bain and Bernard


Bain and Bernard, also known as Warren and Matt, are a Toronto based comedy writing team. Their body of work includes vaudevillian styled sketch comedy and drastic comedic overhauls of Shakespearean plays. Their work has been performed all over Toronto, some parts of Ontario, and in one town in America called ‘Sandwich’, in which they bought and ate a sandwich at the local restaurant (because when you’re in a town with a name like that, how could you not!). They were very excited to be asked to contribute to Riverdale Share, and look forward to seeing you.

Frankland School Choir


Frankland Choir is made up of kids from Grade 4 to 6 who love to sing. Under the direction of our teacher, Mr. Tom Roedding and accompanist, Jenny Crober, we perform at several school concerts each year. Outside of school, they have performed at previous Riverdale Share concerts, a TDSB Showcase Concert at Massey Hall, sung O Canada at a Blue Jays game, and even opened for the Barenaked Ladies! The choir is accompanied by Patrick Hornsby.

 Sharon and Lois and Bram

Sharon, Lois Bram

Canada’s much loved Trio of family entertainers have sung with families across North America for over thirty years.  Through their touring, their gold and platinum recordings, their acclaimed television series, The Elephant Show and Skinnamarink TV, the Trio has sung its way into the hearts and homes of young and old alike.  They were honoured with UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award and from Mount Saint Vincent University the degree “Doctor of Humane Letters.”  In 2002, they became members of the Order of Canada.  In 2012 they received the Magic Penny Award, a lifetime achievement award from the Children’s Music Network.  Sharon and Lois are once again delighted to participate in Riverdale Share.



Sproai continue bringing the best of the Irish tradition to Canadian audiences. With founding accordionist Pat Simmonds at the helm the band continues to evolve as a vehicle for the finest players on the Toronto scene.spraoi.ca

Blair Packham


Blair Packham started writing his poppy, Beatle-esque songs in the early 1980s and almost immediately also formed a group he called The Jitters, who enjoyed five Canadian hits, including Last of the Red Hot Fools and Closer Every Day. In 2014, Blair continues to write and record his own songs while also co-hosting In the Studio on Newstalk 1010. He also teaches song writing both at Seneca College and at SongStudio, the annual summertime workshop he founded with Rik Emmett in 2005.


Santa resides with Mrs. Claus and their elves in the North Pole where they spend the whole year getting ready for Christmas.  Santa never misses the Riverdale Share Concert and looks forward to seeing all the boys and girls – especially the ones who have tried to be good all year long.  On Christmas Eve he will harness all the reindeer to his sleigh, and with Rudolph leading the way, will deliver toys to boys and girls all over the world.  Santa wishes all of you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Riverdale Share Band

Tom Leighton – Music Director, Piano

Tom is back once again with the goal of keeping this amazing house band busy by providing new arrangements for each act.  Tom has lived and performed in Riverdale for many years and this concert is one of the highlights of his entire year. It’s a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful creative team, not to mention the fantastically high calibre of each of the musicians involved.  Tom performs in the Toronto area with long time recording partner Mark Haines as well as Anne Lederman and Marie Lynn Hammond.  You can hear him locally at An Sibin Pub (Queen and Broadview) with his multi-talented partner Conrad Kipping.  Tom has a solo CD of orchestrated instrumentals titled Leighton Tendencies.  tomleighton.ca

Steve Briggs – Band Leader, Guitar

Steve has played in the Riverdale Share band for many years and joined the artistic team in 2004.  He is an accomplished freelance guitar player and bandleader of the popular western swing band the Bebop Cowboys Swing-a-Billy Orchestra.  As a music instructor, he runs the Kitchen Music Instructional Studios in Riverdale with his wife Kristin.  He has been featured as “Best Guitar Instructor” in Toronto Life Magazine and has released two instructional CDs. kitchenmusicstudios.com

Victor Bateman – Bass


Esteemed bassist, guitarist, vocalist, composer and instructor, Victor has performed and recorded with The Good Brothers, Sylvia Tyson, Quartette, Amos Garrett, Chris Whiteley, CCMC, Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Reg Schwager, Laura Hubert, Ken Whiteley, Jackie Washington, Eve Goldberg, Jill Barber, Big Sugar, The Flying Bulgars, Anthony Braxton, Wende Bartley and Nic Gotham. Victor also leads a jazz trio and has released two CDs featuring his own compositions.

Danny Greenspoon – Guitar

Danny is a multi-platinum, award winning record producer, recording engineer and guitar player.  He has produced over fifty albums, including Great Big Sea, Ian Tyson, Colm Wilkinson, Sophie Milman, Jane Bunnett and Spirit of the West, that have garnered 4 Juno Awards and seven EMCAs.  As a guitarist he has performed with Murray McLauchlan, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Sylvia Tyson and The Great Speckled Bird, and The Romaniacs.

Patrick Hornsby – Piano

Patrick lives in Riverdale with his wife Karen and son Dexter.  He works for the TDSB as a Grade One teacher and teaches private piano lessons at his home.  He has performed at the Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax jazz festivals and has recorded for CBC Maritimes.

Bruce Moffett – Drums

Bruce is the one constant in all 20 years of The Share House Band.  At the time of the first Share concert Bruce was a full time member of award winning country band Prairie Oyster, as well as playing with Mary Margaret O’Hara, Corey Hart, Tom Cochrane, Allana Myles and many more.  Bruce now spends his time running Cherry Jam Rehearsal Studios and PRB his company that provides rental equipment to musicians.

John MacLeod – Trumpet


John MacLeod’s credentials as a trumpeter/composer/arranger have been firmly established in a distinguished career spanning over 30 years on the Canadian music scene. He has worked with Toronto’s most elite musicians in both the jazz and commercial music fields. He has worked with literally every major figure on the Toronto scene and was a featured soloist with one of the world’s most renowned big bands; Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass.His own 20-piece band John MacLeod & The Rex Hotel Orchestra has released two CDs, and received a Juno Award in 2011 for best jazz album.

Scott Marshall – Saxophone


Toronto – based saxophonist, composer, and arranger Scott Marshall is highly sought-after for his skills within the jazz community, film and television world, and Toronto jobbing scene. Scott’s compositions have been featured on his own releases: The Scott Marshall Trio Face It, The Scott Marshall Quartet Nine Moments of Time and Vignettes. He also co-produced and arranged all the music for singer Lyne Tremblay’s CD Break and Enter. In addition to recording he has performed with a lengthy and diverse list of accomplished musicians including: Norah Jones, Johnny Mathus, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Shuffle Demons, and the Juno-winning big-band NOJO, not to mention Wynton Marsalis stopping by to sit in with his quartet.

Max Filazek -Guitar, Guest Soloist


Eighteen year old Max Filazek, a graduate of Wexford Collegiate School of the Arts, began his musical journey very early in life. At four, he started playing the penny whistle and quickly graduated to violin, mandolin and finally the guitar. Max studied flamenco guitar with Ruben Diaz, a disciple of Paco De Lucia, for six years. He is currently studying with Toronto guitar master Steve Briggs at Kitchen Music Studios in Toronto.

Jonathan Marks – Violin

Jonathan Marks is a classically-trained violinist and a founding member of the Club Django Sextet of Toronto.  “He’s a little young to pass for violin legend Stephane Grappelli, but Jonathan Marks has a good handle on how to swing and how to deliver sweet melodies” (Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star).  Jonathan performs regularly with several groups in Toronto, playing styles which include traditional jazz, musette, and folk/roots.

Anne Lederman – Violin


Fiddler, singer, composer, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, Anne is known for her explorations into Canadian and World traditions, especially the Aboriginal fiddle traditions of her home province, Manitoba. She has worked with Muddy York, The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, LOKA, Njacko Backo, Fiddlesong, and Eh?!, among others. She has released 4 CDs of her own and over 50 with other artists.

Aaron Dell – Violin


Aaron Dell has been studying classical violin since the age of 10. He graduated from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in 2012 and had been involved in the band all four years. Currently Aaron is enrolled in Ryerson’s Theater Performance Production program. He has studied with the RCM up to level 9 in piano and 10 in violin. Aaron loves playing in small ensembles and is excited to be here at the Riverdale Share Concert.

Denis Keldie – Accordion

Denis Keldie

Toronto native Denis Keldie is a multi-instrumentalist with a long history — he has played on over 300 albums with everyone from Serena Ryder to Stompin’ Tom Connors, and was a founding member of award-winning pop band The Extras, and is currently working with the Russell deCarle Trio, along with Steve Briggs.