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The 22nd Annual
RIVERDALE SHARE CONCERT
will take place
Sunday, December 7th, 2014
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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2013 Riverdale Share Performers
Mike is the chief cook & bottle-washer with local band The Circumstantialists (facebook.com/circumstantialists), rehabbing the most forgettable pop of the 70s each month at the Dora Keogh next door. He is Deputy Treasurer of the Sue Baker Fan Club.
When Jim got his first guitar at the age of ten, the first song he learned was Gordon Lightfoot’s “That’s What You Get For Loving Me”. Today, twenty-five years after the formation of Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are widely respected as one of Canada’s best songwriting teams. In 1998, Jim released All in Time which went on to sell Gold in his native Canada. His next album, 2006’s The Light That Guides You Home, was released to critical acclaim and won the Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. On September 27, 2011 Jim released Skyscraper Soul, his 3rd solo album. His voice, always a voluptuous instrument, has never sounded better and Cuddy proves once again that his songwriting ranks with the best Canada has to offer.
Award-winning violinist Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada, adapting her unique violin/fiddle style to the eclectic sounds and musical languages of this country’s rich cultural texture. In addition to being an artist in her own right, she has also performed with The Chieftains, Led Zeppelin, Roger Daltry, Jim Cuddy, Dionne Warwick and Natalie McMaster among many others. She is also an accomplished composer and arranger for documentary film, stage, CDs and radio / TV.
For the past 36 years Lorraine Segato has fueled an impressive artistic career that has produced some excellent and edgy cultural work. Segato’s extensive experience as a respected Musician, Songwriter, Filmmaker, Event Producer, Artistic Director, Speechwriter, Lecturer and Social Justice Activist makes her one of Canada’s leading cultural commentators and best-known recording artists. Segato’s new CD Invincible Decency is slated for release in Jan 2014.
Guitarist/songwriter and producer Tim Bovaconti has been busy over the past year touring the globe with Ron Sexsmith and Burton Cummings, accompanying Rodriguez at The Mod Club (the subject of last year’s Oscar winning doc “Searching For Sugarman”) and he’s just released a new album “Bover Tones”. www.timbovaconti.com
Sunray Grennan was born in Kingston Jamaica and started playing with his father, the late, great Winston Grennan, in 1977. Winston was one of the originators of the Reggae one-drop drumbeat, who played with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals and Bob Marley. Sunray has recorded and shared the stage with numerous artists and is currently the drummer and a vocalist for the Juno award winning band The Sattalites and Circle 5. Sunray continues to Shine.
A versatile and multifaceted musician, Suzy Wilde has always been a songwriter at heart. The Toronto born singer/guitarist released her debut EP in 2012, garnering high praise from audiences and critics across Canada. Often compared to Feist, Kathleen Edwards and Sarah Harmer, Wilde mixes the story-telling of traditional folk music with the catchy melodies and hooks of pop and indie rock. “Suzy’s writing shines bright like a beacon across stormy waters”- CBC Radio www.suzywilde.com
Since forming in 2002, the award-winning trio ElliottBROOD has become a Canadian music institution. (Their 2004 campus radio hit “Oh, Alberta!” remains a national treasure.) But after touring with acts like Wilco, Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund and the Sadies, playing festivals across North America, Europe and Australia and scoring the 2010 film Grown-Up Movie Star (for which they earned a Gemini nomination for Best Original Song), the band now also has a global presence. Elliott BROOD are Casey Laforet (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass pedals, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, lap steel,vocals) Mark Sasso (banjo, guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Stephen Pitkin (percussion, drums, piano, vocals). They were short-listed for the Polaris Prize, and in 2013 they won a JUNO for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year.
The Eastminster Choir makes their home across the street at Eastminster United Church under the direction of their new choir master, Daniel Rubinoff. The Choir played Carnegie Hal in February with Distinguished Concerts International New York. Their CD Seasons of Song is available through the church office. eastminsteruc.org
David has hosted award shows (The Doras & The Harolds) acted at Stratford, (Pirates of Penzance) acted in award-winning films (Zero Patience) and was recently seen as the Music Director in the spring finale of Degrassi: TNG. He has directed theatre in Toronto, Minneapolis, Stratford, Vancouver, Edinburgh and London, England. Gale co-wrote, produced and starred in the award-winning musical Chutzpah à Go-Go, which played across North America. David won Gemini and Galaxi awards for hosting the cooking-with-grandmothers TV show, Loving Spoonfuls. The series has aired around the world. Gale is also Vice President:Communications for ACTRA Toronto, the media performers’ union representing nearly 15,000 artists in the
Composer/writer/performer, Randy’s songs have appeared on shows from CARMEN SANDIEGO to DUDLEY THE DRAGON to DR. DEMENTO. His numerous stage musicals include co-writing, producing and starring in the award-winning CHUTZPAH À GO-GO. He is one-half of Canada’s original DUELING PIANOS and most recently worked with the legendary Connie Francis on her latest release, A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.
Donné Roberts (singer/guitarist) is known as the provider of the happy music from Madagascar. He came to wider recognition after he released his albums “Rhythm Was Born” and “Internation”. He was also a member of the African Guitar Summit Project which won a JUNO in 2005 and was nominated for another one in 2007. Donné is also the first black VJ on MTV Russia.
From Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park to San Francisco, Tova has headlined Yiddish festivals in Amsterdam, Warsaw, Vienna and Buenos Aires. She starred in the first national Broadway tour of RAGTIME, played Yenta in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at the Stratford Festival and her STILL THE NIGHT won four Dora Awards and a Governor General Award nomination. Tova’s new musical BELLA: THE COLOUR OF LOVE, inspired by the muse of artist Marc Chagall, will grace Toronto stages this season after sold out houses in Philadelphia, Halifax and Warsaw, Poland.
Quique Escamilla was born and raised in Chiapas, Mexico. He is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter living in Toronto. His lyrics carry powerful messages that address various socio-political issues such as human rights, immigration reform, global conservation, anti-racism, and indigenous rights; accompanied by a fusion of traditional Mexican styles such as ranchera and huapango with modern sounds of rock, reggae, ska, jazz, cumbia, and other Latin American rhythms.
Sometime in the early spring of 2012, a ukulele enthusiast named Douglas was standing by the counter at The Rooster Coffeehouse awaiting his morning brew when it dawned on him that The Rooster might be perfect place for a ukulele jam! Douglas conveyed this to Shawn the wonderful proprietor of The Rooster within earshot of another regular patron, Nicholas, who immediately burst out “Are you having a uke night?” And thus was born The Rooster Uke Night!
Almost two years later, meeting monthly to tune, strum and hum, the Rooster Uke night has become an institution in Riverdale almost as popular as The Rooster itself!
Matt Bernard is an actor, a comedian, and an entertainer all rolled into one handsome package. Born and raised on the east side of Yonge St. in Toronto, he is known for writing comedy for countless theatre collectives around Toronto and theatre festivals in Ontario. He only needs fifteen more words to reach the allotted amount allowed for his bio.
Frankland Junior Choir is made up of kids from Gr. 4-6 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, we have performed at previous Riverdale Share concerts, TDSB Showcase Concert at Massey Hall, sung O Canada at a Blue Jays game and even opened for the Barenaked Ladies!
Abdominal (aka Andy Bernstein) is a local hip-hop artist who has worked with many local and internationally acclaimed artists. He has toured extensively around the world and released three albums. His song “Pedal Pusher” from “Escape From the Pigeon Hole” won the 2007 SOCAN ECHO songwriting prize for best Canadian song of the year. He has also co-hosted the annual SOCAN awards in both 2008 and 2011. Today, his Mom Sharon Singer will perform with him.
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.
The Eastview Children”s Folk Dancers are an evolving group of young girls aged 12 – 17. The group was formed at the Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre in 1996 under the leadership of Du Li . She was originally a professional dance member of the Shanxi Dance Troupe in China. She was the first prize winner at the Chinese National Folk Dance Competition.
Flynn first appeared on the Riverdale Share stage at age 7 and is very happy to be asked to play again this year. He performs around town with his band Riverdale (facebook.com/riverdale.band). Their EP “Street Signs” is available on iTunes.
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
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.
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 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
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 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 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 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.
Jason is a freelance trumpet player who has recorded and performed with blues icon David Clayton-Thomas, Juno Award winning Neufeld Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra, the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra and Jeff Healy’s house band for the NHL Awards. He has toured with the Boss Brass and performed with a variety of artists from Bernadette Peters to The Temptations. He plays with The Rex Hotel Orchestra and has performed in the orchestra for the Toronto production of Hairspray.
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.
Tom is a trombonist, pianist, composer and conductor. He also leads an electro-chamber-jazz ensemble called Riverrun and has recorded with The Wooden Sky, The Hidden Cameras, Engine, The Thing Is and AG6 among others. As a conductor, Tom recently performed the debut of Ali Berkok’s original score for Eisenstein’s silent film “Battleship Potemkin” and Sarah Jerrom’s “Yeats Project” ensemble for a TD Jazz Festival Special Projects Initiative concert.
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.
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 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.
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.