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

The 23rd Annual
will take place
Sunday, December 6th, 2015
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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2015 Riverdale Share Performers

Your Host – Mike Tanner


Mike is still hanging onto his gig as chief cook & bottle-washer with local band the Circumstantialists. He is also the 2015-16 Entertainment Coordinator of the Riverdale-Langley Laneway Association Social Club. @abbottheleme



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

Uncle Ron

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Uncle Ron consists of: Flynn Tanner (guitar, vocals, banjo); Ava Tobias (sax, vocals, dulcimer); Aden Wineberg (keyboards, squeezebox); Ben Dinsdale (bass, viola); Jackson Howlett (drums,  zither). https://soundcloud.com/flynn-tannerhttps://soundcloud.com/ava-tee

Michael Brennan

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Cape Breton, Nova Scotia born and raised, Michael Brennan is the voice of REAL country music in Toronto. Possessing a deep, rich voice that’s been compared to Waylon Jennings and Roy Orbison, Brennan writes honest, straight-up working man songs full of characters who’ve loved and lost more often than they’ve won. www.michaelbrennan.ca

Eastview Folk Dancers

EastviewEastview Folk Dancers began as a children’s dance group in 1996. Every year we have new youth who join the program. Our talented performers are between the ages of 14 and 18 and most have been training since they were 5 years old. They embody the spirit of tradition Chinese folk dancing, captivating audiences with their vibrant energy.

Jen Schaffer and the Shiners


Jen Schaffer and the Shiners are an original soulful roots rock band, all Riverdale residents: Jen (songwriter, guitarist and lead singer), Simon Law (drummer, producer, Grammy winning songwriter of Back to Life, member of Soul II Soul), Astrid Foster (bass), John Teshima (guitar), Jonathan Marks (strings) and honorary Shiner Blair Packham (electric guitar).  Their single, Sunday Morning, New York City, will be released in January 2016 and their debut album, Fate Line, is available at jenschaffer.ca and on iTunes.

The Toronto Choral Society Children’s Choir

The TCS Children’s Choir mission is to encourage and enrich the musical interests of children in Toronto’s east end by providing a community choir experience in which they can learn, perform, and develop a life-long appreciation for singing in a supportive environment. The original TCS Children’s Choir is for children in grades 4 to 6, and is led by Artistic Director and Conductor Sarah Parker. The choir is now expanding to include children from Grades 2 – 3 as well and is currently recruiting new members. http://www.torontochoralsociety.org

Zero Gravity Circus


Fergus Hambleton


Fergus is a versatile singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist who, during his illustrious career, has been a leading performer and songwriter in the folk, pop and reggae music arenas. Fergus is the front man of the Juno Award winning reggae outfit, “The Sattalites”, a member of reggae pop group “CIRCLE 5” http://circle5.ca as well as “The Jazz Lovers Society”. http://www.fergushambleton.com

Sharon and Family


Sharon, Lois & Bram, Canada’s much loved Trio of family entertainers, have performed across North America for over thirty five 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. Last year, Sharon and Lois, looked forward to singing again at Riverdale Share but due to illness, Lois was unable to participate.  She suggested that Sharon ask her daughter and grandsons to stand in for her. Randi Hampson, Ethan and Elijah Ullmann are honoured to join Sharon again and remember Lois, who died this past spring, but whose music will always remain in our hearts.

Russell deCarle

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Russell deCarle is a founding member, lead vocalist, bassist, and contributing songwriter to the multi-platinum, Juno award winning, group Prairie Oyster. An in-demand solo artist and guest vocalist, he has released two albums: Under The Big Big Sky and Live at Loud Mouse Studios The sound is a celebration and culmination of a lifetime of music, including a time when Buck Owens, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra could all be heard played back to back on the radio. russelldecarle.com

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 both live in the neighbourhood and are very excited to be asked to contribute to Riverdale Share.

The Circumstantialists


Years of under-ventilated gigs have earned this group their moniker of “Riverdale’s sweatiest band.” On an endless quest to resuscitate the most righteously ignored 60s and 70s pop flotsam, the five Circs have over 450 years’ cumulative experience and the fashion sense to go with it. Members include Mike Tanner, Gill Deacon, Mitch Wallace, Ian McLean and Flynn Tanner (subbing in today for Pete Griffin) facebook.com/circumstantialists

Wendell Ferguson


Wendell Ferguson’s never worked a day in his life. He just plays the guitar. He’s won ‘Guitar Player of the Year’ 6 years in a row (CCMAs). His CD ‘Wendell Live, “The $#!T Hits the Fans” was nominated for “Album of the Year”. His ‘Menage a Moi’ won the 2010 CFMA for Solo Instrumental. He was recently inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Oh, and you might laugh…http://www.wendellferguson.com

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.http://www.artistsplay.com

Terra Hazelton



Terra Hazelton is a Canadian Jazz Vocalist & Band Leader, Record Producer, 2-time Canadian Screen Award Nominated Actress, former National Radio Host and Visual Artist.  She studied at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy before becoming a vocalist in the Jeff Healey band. Most recently, Terra released a Trio album called “That’s All”. She can also be seen in a web series called “Whatever Linda” and on the hit series ‘Orphan Black’.  Terra’s newest project is ‘PERLHAZE’ the dynamic duo comprised of her and acclaimed vocalist Sophia Perlman.http://www.terrahazelton.com

Micah Barnes


Before joining The Nylons and touring the world, Micah cut his teeth in the cabarets and jazz clubs of Toronto as a teenager. After launching his solo career, he recorded his #1international club hit “Welcome To My Head” and was named “an Indie artist to watch” by Rolling Stone Magazine. He was named best Jazz Act of 2014 at the Toronto Indie Awards for his single “New York Story” which shot to the top of Jazz charts in both Canada and the U.S. He is also a highly respected vocal coach. http://www.singersplayground.com

Mia Sheard


Mia Sheard is a singer, songwriter and Registered Psychotherapist in Riverdale. Touring with Classic Albums Live, running her private practice, and spending time with her family , leaves her with approximately 11 seconds at the end of each day, which she occasionally uses to write bios. https://www.facebook.com/miasheardtherapy?fref=ts

Santa and his Elves


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 – Musical Director, Piano

_MG_5772Tom is back once again with the goal of keeping this amazing house band busy by providing new arrangements for each act. 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 with long time recording partner Mark Haines as well as Anne Lederman, Marie Lynn Hammond and with his multi-talented partner Conrad Kipping.  Tom has a solo CD of orchestrated instrumentals titled Leighton Tendencies and a new instrumental collection titled “Leighton LIFE” soon to be released.  www.tomleighton.ca

Steve Briggs – Co-Musical Director, Band Leader, Guitar

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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

Russ Boswell – Bass – Day of Band leader


Russ Boswell has toured extensively with David Wilcox, Corey Hart, Colm Wilkinson, Seals and Crofts, Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan, The Parachute Club, Holly Cole and many more. He can be heard on numerous recordings including: Serena Ryder, David Wilcox, Corey Hart, Charlie Major, The Rankin Family, Russell deCarle, Harry Manx,  Colm Wilkinson to name a few. Theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hair!, Rent, Hairspray, Dirty Dancing, Rock of Ages and Kinky Boots

Danny Greenspoon – Guitar

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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.

Kevin Turcotte – Trumpet

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Kevin has played on more than one hundred recordings over the last twenty years.  From the Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, Mr. Something Something, Planet Earth, Great Uncles of the Revolution, Jayme Stone, The Sicilian Jazz Project and Ricochet, Kevin brings his passion and creativity to each session. He is a long-time member of Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, the Barry Elmes Quintet featuring Ed Bickert and Time Warp.  A past teacher of the University of Toronto Jazz Degree program he is now teaching at York University.

Kevin Turcotte trumpetScott 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


Nineteen 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.

Nancy Kershaw – Violin

 bio coming….