Your Host – Mike Tanner
Mike sings and plays guitar with local stalwarts the Circumstantialists, regularly rehabbing the dregs of last century’s pop catalogue. He is the City of Toronto’s Music Sector Development Officer. @abbottheleme
Murray began writing and performing in his late teens and played major music festivals such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival and Mariposa, where he appeared alongside Jim Croce and John Prine. He played at clubs like The Riverboat in Toronto, The Bitter End in New York, The Main Point in Philadelphia, and the famous Earl of Old Town in Chicago. His ‘Child’s Song’ was made famous by American folk star Tom Rush. Thirty odd years later, Murray has eighteen albums to his credit and he’s won eleven JUNO awards, RPM “Big Country” awards and Toronto music awards. He’s also been a radio and television host, an author and was appointed to the order of Canada. His latest album “Human Writes”, received international acclaim and he continues to appear with the group Lunch At Allen’s.
Danny Mark’s iconic rocker’s roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records’ group, Edward Bear. After a span as a journeyman session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled in to the club scene establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humour.
A house band gig at Toronto’s famed Albert’s Hall led him to host his own nation-wide TV show, Stormy Monday. Through the eighties, Danny starred in CBC radio’s hit series the Hum Line. Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto’s R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005. Danny’s most recent CD albums are original blues music. “A Friend in the Blues” won best album of the year in Newfoundland and Germany! “Cities in Blue” is the soundtrack from his TV series of the same name currently shown on HiFI, Canada’s Music and Art Channel. Danny’s in his fifteenth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91’s Saturday night blues show, bluz.fm. http://www.dannym.com
Toronto native Masini McDermott is a vivacious singer, actress, and entrepreneur. She is a recent graduate of Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts and the Tourism and Leisure Program at George Brown College. Masini has had the opportunity to sing alongside Grammy- and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson. Masini produced three successful showcases entitled “One Night Only Live,” “One Night Only Live 2.0,” and “We Will Rise Together Benefit Concert” for the Islands of Tortola/Dominica/Anguilla. She was featured in three new works featured in the Toronto Fringe Festival – Summerland, The Fence, and True North Mixtape. Masini has performed alongside Spiderwebs No Doubt Tribute Band, The Wexford Gleeks, and many other Toronto-based artists. She was nominated for the Best Actress Award in a Live Theatre Performance at the 2017 Broadway World Toronto Regional Awards, and continues to sing internationally.
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
Tim Bovaconti has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene for years having backed up artists such as Ron Sexsmith,Kim Stockwood,Leonard Cohen,Kevin Hearn (B
arenaked Ladies),Ray Davies,Rodriguez and many more….he is currently guitarist/vocalist for Canadian icon Burton Cummings and is about to release his own new collection of songs “Fight Or Flight”. Photo credit:Andrew Hartl www.timbovaconti.com
Kim Stockwood is an accomplished entertainer, performer, writer, and host. Her latest recording, Back to the Water, won the 2012 ECMA Award for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year and coincided with a CMT special. She has also released two solo pop records, two records with trio Shaye and a solo Christmas recording, I Love Santa. She has performed on tour with Willie Nelson and on television in a four-part reality series with Shaye. She has an impressive musical track record with smash hits like “Jerk”, “12 Years Old”, and “Happy Baby”. Kim was the host of the Q-93 Morning Show in her hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland and guest hosted Canada AM, CHUM FM morning show, Entertainment Tonight, EZ Rock and “Junos on George”. She has hosted Saturday Night at the Junos (twice), the CTV Junos Red Carpet, the Canadian Radio Music Awards, and the East Coast Music Awards.
Me & Her
Me (or is it her?) is Shelley Hamilton, a nouveau soul diva with Nova Scotian roots whose first foray into country music was creating three-part harmony groups in junior high to “sound sweet like Dolly.” Shelley has worked with Joni (yes, THAT Joni), and rocked the stage with Merry Clayton (but she ain’t one to name drop so you didn’t hear it from her!).
And Her (or is it me?) is Stella Panacci, who started playing drums at 12, won the Kiwanis Music Festival that year (and kicked all the boys’ asses) and grew up to become a nationally acclaimed songwriter and singer who’s played and shared stages with bandmates from Broken Social Scene, and Danko Jones and was recruited to fly to LA to write songs with Igor Khoroshev of the legendary band Yes.
And here they are together, thrilled to be lending their harmonies, hearts and talents to this years Riverdale Share. Look for their soon to be released album in 2018.
Mia Sheard is a Riverdale-based singer and psychotherapist. She has released 4 albums of her own material, and has been touring as a singer with Classic Albums Live for the past 10 years, She is thrilled to be performing with her brother John this year at the Riverdale Share.
John Sheard is a Toronto pianist, producer and composer. He has worked with: Art Garfunkel, Rita Macneil, Ian Tyson, Dan Hill, Rita Coolidge, Olivia Newton-John, Mary-Margaret O’Hara, Celine Dion, Willie P. Bennett, David Wilcox, The Guess Who, Buster Poindexter, Rough Trade and many others.
John was music director for Stuart Mclean’s Vinyl Cafe touring show from 1997- 2015
Rising star Nicola Adilman was born and raised in Toronto and from a young age, she started her dance training at ‘For the Love of it’ Performing Arts Studio under director Michelle Carbery in the Beaches neighbourhood. Nicola graduated from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts in Riverdale, and is a recent graduate from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she had the opportunity to work with amazing choreographers such as Paul-André Fortier, Peggy Baker, Marc Boivin, Christopher House, Apolonia Velasquez and many more. She won the Kathryn Ash Leadership Award and received second prize in the Winchester Prize for her choreography. Since her graduation she has performed in Summer Works Festival and Dance Made in Canada Festival. Nicola is excited about what life has to offer and what her future will be in the dance community.
On stage he’s starred in: Mr. Goldberg Goes To Tel Aviv, Unidentified Human Remains, The True Nature of Love, The Fantasticks, Jewish Radio Hour, Old Jews Telling Jokes and his musical Chutzpah à go-go won a Dora. TV credits include Suits, Degrassi, TNG, and The Listener. Gale was recently seen in the film Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, Early Mourning and Trials & Revelations. Early in his career he gave a revealing performance in an iconic ’90s musical film about AIDS: Zero Patience. Gale has hosted The Doras and The Cayle Chernin Awards and countless events. He is best known as the cheeky and charming host of Loving Spoonfuls: the cooking with grandmothers TV series that won him a Gemini and Galaxi award. The show is currently airing on Amazon Prime and ION Life in the U.S. He proudly serves as VP Communications for ACTRA Toronto and adores his son and family.
Theresa Tova is a long-time Riverdale resident who has graced the Riverdale Share stage on several occasions over the past 25 years. An award winning actor, writer and singer who headlines major International world music festivals described as a “Towering, pan-cultural jazz-cabaret diva” Tova starred as Emma Goldman in the First National Broadway tour of RAGTIME and Yenta in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at the Stratford Festival. Tova’s holocaust musical STILL THE NIGHT, won four Dora Awards and was nominated for the Governor General Award for Excellence in dramatic literature. Her latest musical Bella: The Colour of Love played to sold out houses in Philadelphia, Warsaw Poland, Halifax, Toronto and New York.
A long serving Arts activist Tova is President of ACTRA Toronto, Treasurer of ACTRA National, on the boards of the Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union, Theatre Teatron and is a recipient of the Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award.
Writer, composer and performer, Randy’s music can been heard on TV shows from Carmen Sandiego and Dudley The Dragon to Our Magazine and YTV’s Don’t Lick The Pig. As a performer he has been both a member of the famed Second City and a puppeteer with The Muppets. Randy received a Dora nomination for his long running musical comedy, Chutzpah à Go-Go (co-written with David Gale). His song Just A Common Soldier (based on his father’s well-known poem) was recently turned into an Emmy Award-winning video production. Randy currently tours with his solo musical comedy, Bring The Piano. www.randyvancourt.com
Washboard Hank and Sweet Muriel
To call Washboard Hank a legend kinda implies he’s been there and done that… but he is stilling doing it! His live shows are legendary and hit home on many emotional levels. Hank had the ability to communicate and hilariously entertain his audience while delivering some powerful messages about the stinging indictments of what we are doing to our planet. Sweet Muriel is a dancer/choreographer who has channeled these skills into a music career. Her incredible stage presence unique voice along with her mandolin and tenor banjo playing are the perfect addition to a show that is truly unforgettable. “Sweet Muriel, sounds like a hillbilly Betty Boop on helium, an inspired fusion of Rose Maddox and the singer Betty was based on, Helen Kane. Hilarious and good.” The Northwestern Swing Music Society. Together they are a entertaining Country Roots duo who present music that is uniquely funny and skillful. http://www.washboardhank.net
Fade Awaays are a young, high energy Garage Rock four-piece, living deep in the heart of the vibrant indie music scene in Toronto. Having showcased their unmatched live show and charismatic stage presence playing many legendary Toronto venues from the Horseshoe Tavern to the Silver Dollar, Fade Awaays have also just recently released their debut self-titled EP and concluded a successful multi-city tour around Ontario and Quebec. Fade Awaays are: Reid MacMaster (guitar, lead vox), Sean Hackl (guitar, vox), Duncan Briggs (bass, vox) and Owen Wolff (drums). http://www.facebook.com/FADEAWAAYS
Torrent Productions is a professional east end theatre company dedicated to creating, developing and producing musical theatre. They produce an annual holiday pantomime at the Royal Canadian Legion 1/42 at Coxwell and Gerrard Street East for their neighbourhood and community. This year their 2nd annual panto is PINOCCHIO – A Merry Magical Pantomime. #theboymadeofwoodisinthehood #ilovepanto www.torrentproductions.com
Frankland Junior Choir
The Frankland choir is made up of students in Gr. 4-6 who love to sing. The choir peforms at the Remembrance Day Assembly and December Concerts at Frankland School at Logan and Danforth. Our Choir is lead by our music teacher, Mr. Tom Roedding and our accompanist is Jenny Crober.
Densa School of Ukrainian Dance
DESNA School is a Toronto-based Ukrainian dance school under the artistic direction of Virksy trained Luba & Yuri Grekov. This is a place where children not only experience Ukrainian culture and tradition, but also create lasting friendships and attain unforgettable memories. DESNA School consists of children aged 2 to 14, who practice once a week at the Plast Huculak Centre. Our dancers have performed on many stages including Nathan Phillips Square and The Living Arts Centre. This past summer they traveled to Dauphin, MB to compete at the Canadian National Ukrainian Festival & to Chicago to perform at Chicago Ukrainian Days. Summer 2018 they will be travelling to Ukraine – to learn more about their heritage and where it all began. http://www.desna.ca
Warren Bain, Matt Bernard, Jeremy Lapalme, Rylan O’Reilly, Nicholas Paddison and Katie Ryerson are members of the ever expanding Bain & Bernard Comedy Company. They are ecstatic to be apart of the Riverdale Share Concert this year. Look out for Bain & Bernard’s new comedy videos hitting Youtube this year under the name Robot’s Win!
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
Due to her immense popularity, Tabby has overcommitted herself so we’ll have to let others experience the joy she brings this year. She’ll be back!
Tabby was mentored by some of the world’s greatest artists and musicians and her social justice lens has been honed and developed since her days on Jump Street. She was backing vocalist in the early 80s for Rick James, singing on his international hit “Superfreak”, and later for her sister Molly Johnston’s band; Infidels. In addition to the occasional film and television dramatic roles (Cagney & Lacy, E.N.G.), as an actor she is more widely known for her roles in popular children’s programming such as The Big Comfy Couch, Polka Dot Door, and Noddy, as well as countless voice creations in a wealth of family animated series.
Tabby is most proud of using performance art to work with people at risk in marginalized communities, primarily women and youth. She encourages others to use their voice thru the lens of music, words rhythms and humour. By chance she met the Open Program in Toronto Canada and the rest is as they say is herstory.
Due to rigging issues at the Music Hall, Jen regrettably won’t be able to perform this year.
Aerial virtuoso Jen Georgopoulos has become an accomplished, globally recognized circus artist, specializing in the dramatic aerial disciplines including swinging trapeze, aerial silks, and flying hoop. With thousands of shows under her belt, Jen enthrals audiences with her sensational acrobatic prowess. Off stage, Jen makes her mark in film and television as a stunt performer. She is also owner and director of Toronto Circus Centre. Jen is thrilled to back on the Riverdale Share stage again this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Jen@jenflys.com
The Riverdale Share Band
Tom Leighton – Musical Arranger, Piano
Tom 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” . www.tomleighton.ca
Steve Briggs – Musical Director, 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 is the Director of Kitchen Music Studios in Riverdale with his wife Kristin, in addition to teaching at Seneca@York. He has been featured as “Best Guitar Instructor” in Toronto Life Magazine and has released two instructional CDs. kitchenmusicstudios.com
Russ Boswell – Bass
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.http://www.theaudiotruck.com/CreditsBio.html
Wendell Ferguson – Guitar
Wendell Ferguson’s never worked a day in his life. He just plays the guitar. He’s won “Guitar Player of the Year” six years in a row at the Canadian Country Music Awards. His CD; “Wendell Live: The $#!T Hits the Fans” was nominated for the CCMA Album of the Year. His “Menage a Moi” won the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Solo Instrumental. In 2014, Wendell was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. http://www.wendellferguson.com
Patrick Hornsby – Piano
Patrick lives in Riverdale with his wife Karen and son Dexter. He works as a teacher for the TDSB 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 the 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. http://cherryjamrehearsal.com
Due to illness, after 24 years of loyal service, Bruce will be replaced by John Adames today. We hope to see him back behind his kit next year!
John Adames – Drums
Veteran drummer John Adames has graced stages everywhere from the Rex Hotel here in Toronto to Broadway NYC. He has played with the likes of The Bebop Cowboys and Canadian Country Music Hall of Famers Prairie Oyster has had his share of memorable experiences in the music industry, including the time he was playing in a band named Rough Trade between 1978 and 1979. He’s thrilled to participate in this year’s 25th Anniversary of the Riverdale Share concert.
Kevin Turcotte – Trumpet
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. http://www.canadianjazzarchive.org/en/musicians/kevin-turcotte.html
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. http://www.scottdouglasmarshall.com/home.html
Gord Meyers – Trombone
Gord has made his living as a freelance trombonist and teacher since 1975. He has worked in numerous theatre orchestras including such productions as Crazy For You, Ragtime, The Lion King, The Producers and Dirty Dancing as well as R&B bands, recording sessions and jazz festival stages. He Has also enjoyed stints with the Charlottetown and Shaw Festival orchestras. Gord teaches at York University and has enjoyed being a member of the Riverdale Share horn section for many years.
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. http://www.canadianjazzarchive.org/en/musicians/jonathan-marks.html
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.
Aaron Dell – Violin
Aaron has been studying classical violin since the age of 10. He graduated from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in 2012 and was involved in the school band all four years. He has studied with the RCM up to level 9 in piano and 10 in violin. Currently Aaron is in his graduating year at Ryerson’s Theatre Performance Production program. Aaron loves playing in small ensembles and is excited to be here at the Riverdale Share Concert.