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

2016 Riverdale Share Performers


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



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This 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 humor.

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.

Most recently, 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 in his thirteenth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91’s Saturday night blues show, bluz.fmhttp://www.dannym.com



Juno nominees Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. They have released six albums and toured extensively across North America, opening for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Chantal Kreviazuk and Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Café. http://www.dalagirls.com

juliantaylorJulian Taylor

Toronto music scene staple and musical chameleon Julian Taylor is used to shaking it up. With his songs being placed in such TV shows as Haven and Elementary, his versatility as a songwriter is signature; one minute he’s playing at the Horseshoe backed by his 8-piece band spilling out electrified R&B glory, and the next he’s featured at a folk festival delivering a captivating solo singer-songwriter set.

As leader of the Julian Taylor Band he conjures soulful rhythm and blues, hard rock, thoughtful folky songs, and even a little hip-hop. His band’s most recent recording; Desert Star is a testament to this versatile sound, arguably the real roots of what could be called the Toronto Sound. It has the comfortability of an open mind, a wide palette and experienced and inspired musical talent. http://www.juliantaylorband.com

TabbyJohnsonTabby Johnson

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.

mike-and-murrayMike Ford and Murray Foster

Mike Ford & Murray Foster have been making music together for decades – as half of Moxy Fruvous, as a quarter of Great Big Sea, as a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient, as a Canadian History troubadour, as a member of the Toronto Music Council as former Riverdalians – and now as Dusty & Reg of the Cocksure Lads…with an award-winning feature film to boot! thecocksureladsmovie.com



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Washboard Hank plays a truly amazing conglomeration of bells, licence plates, duck calls, etc., and actually gets amazing music out of it.  One reviewer called Washboard Hank “a cross between Jerry Lewis (not Jerry Lee) and Stompin’ Tom Connors.” Hank has appeared on dozens of TV shows (Elephant Show, W5, Mr. Dressup, etc.), performed on C.B.C.’s Madly Off In All Directions and spent four years as a member of Fred Eaglesmith’s band, doing 200 or more shows a year all over North America. http://www.washboardhank.net



imageJen Schaffer and the Shiners

Jen Schaffer and the Shiners hail from Toronto via Montreal, Hamburg, Calgary and the UK!  They are purveyors of original soulful folk/roots music with lush harmonies and heavy bass. Jen Schaffer is the lead singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist who came to music via a stint as a public defender in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio, where she gained a love of alt-country songs and a heightened social conscience.  Her self-penned works, which have garnered praise from the likes of Ron Sexsmith, speak of love, struggle, involvement and injustice and are sharply focused through the lens of her own life journey.  The Shiners are Simon Law, the band’s drummer, keyboardist, background vocalist and producer, who is also a Grammy winning songwriter of Back to Life, and original member of Soul II Soul;  Astrid Foster, who plays bass and contributes sweet background harmonies;  John Teshima, who plays guitar, both electric and acoustic – he also plays keyboards and adds background harmonies; Jonathan Marks contributes background harmonies as well as playing violin, viola and mandolin; and Blair Packham is the band’s occasional Shiner, playing electric guitar and bass.  Their single, Sunday Morning, New York City, was released in January 2016 and their debut full length album, Fate Line, is available at jenschaffer.ca, and  iTunes. Having played the Mariposa Folk Festival this past Summer, the Shiners are back in the studio recording their second full-length record, Games We Play due out in 2017.


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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 Konstantin Knezic (drums). http://www.facebook.com/FADEAWAAYS


junior-choir-picFrankland Choir

Frankland Junior 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. In the spring they will present a musical. Previous productions include The Lion King and Aladdin. This year we will present Fiddler on the Roof. Our Choir is lead by our music teacher, Mr. Tom Roedding and our accompanist is Jenny Crober.


Dorjee Tseringdorjee-tsering

Dorjee Tsering, a Tibetan in exile, was born in India. At the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts (TIPA) in Dharamsala, India, he mastered several traditional instruments including the dranyen, piwang, flute, and the yang-qin. He also learned Tibetan opera, and dance. He later became a teacher at TIPA. Winner of the Tibetan Music Award for Best Traditional Artist in 2009. Dorjee has performed throughout India, Europe and Canada. He will be recording his 10th CD in 2017.  http://www.facebook.com/dorjee.tsering.733


Artists_PlayArtists’ Play School of Dance

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. Artists’ Play School of Dance focuses on proper dance technique and the fostering of creativity.http://www.artistsplay.com



Wendell Fergusonwendell

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… Wendell is also a member of the Riverdale Share House Band http://www.wendellferguson.com


Danny Bakandannybakan

Returning from his new home in Vancouver, ex-Riverdalian Danny Bakan is thrilled to celebrate the season  again with his dear friends at Riverdale Share. A songwriter, scholar and educator, Danny recently sang his way to a Ph.D. with an award-winning dissertation and now teaches music, education, and media studies at UBC’s Faculty of Education. Danny’s artistic portfolio includes two CDs, performances across North America, theatrical productions, dance scores, children’s musicals, and appearances on CBC, syndicated US radio, and NPR. We are so happy to welcome him back. http://www.dannybakan.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. Sharon and Lois looked forward to Riverdale Share every year but sadly last spring, Lois passed away. Before she died 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, whose music will always remain in our hearts.


Kitchen Music Studio Playerskms

 This delightful band of musicians is comprised of six young talents that frequent the the halls of Kitchen Music Studios in Riverdale: Maddie Aucoin and Mika Halinski on vocals, with  Aidan Samuels, Asha Gonsalves, Ty Parker and Chloe Dynin on guitar. Kitchen Music Studios is known for its experienced and approachable instructors that teach music of all styles and levels, to music lovers young and old.  www.kitchenmusicstudios.com



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Matt Bernard is a Director and Playwright living in Toronto.  He works with Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts as an Arts Educator creating material for their Drama Focus and Musical Theatre Programs  Recent Writing and Directing credits include Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre (Toronto Fringe Festival) and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Hamlet (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival Sunday Series, Advice to the Players N.H.)




image1Jeremy Lapalme

Jeremy is a graduate of the musical theatre performance program at both Sheridan College and Wexford School of the Arts. Selected theatrical credits include: Hogtown (Hogtown Collective), Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre (Toronto Fringe Festival), Young Frankenstein, Spamalot, 80s Solid Gold (Stage West Calgary), Little Shop of Horrors, The Vaudevillians, You’re a good man Charlie Brown (Rose Theatre), Forever Plaid (Stirling Festival Theatre) and many others across Southern Ontario.




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


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

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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

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. Russ is a fixture of the Riverdale Share Concert, having missed only two shows in its full 24-year history. http://www.russboswell.com

DSC_8830 DannyGreenspoonDanny 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.http://www.theaudiotruck.com/CreditsBio.html



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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-hornsbyPatrick 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 – Drumsbruce-moffet-new

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


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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 – Saxophonescott-marshall

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




shelley-coopersmith-headshotShelley Coopersmith – Violin

Since 1970s Shelley has toured/recorded on fiddle/violin, mandolins, guitar and vocals with such artists as Sylvia Tyson, Tamarack/Alex Sinclair, Cameron Family Singers, Donné Roberts, Kyp Harness, Mr Rick’s Tin Pan Jazz Band, Michelle Rumball among many others. She can most recently be found performing in and around the city with Chris Staig and The Marquee Players.




Aaron Dell – Violinaaron-dell-2

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.