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

Past Performing Artists

2015 Riverdale Share Performers

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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

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Uncle Ron

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

 

 

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Michael Brennan

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

 

 

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Eastview 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.

 

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Jen Schaffer and the ShinersJen 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 ChoirChoir

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

 

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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

 

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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’ 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

 

 

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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.

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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

 

TerraTerra 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

 

 

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Founder of The Circus Academy and principal acrobat for Zero Gravity Circus,  Jen Georgopoulos has become an accomplished globally recognized professional circus artist. Specializing in the dramatic aerial disciplines including  swinging trapeze, aerial silks, and flying hoop, Jen enthrals us all with her sensational acrobatic prowess.  Off stage, Jen makes her mark  in dozens of films and television shows  as a stunt performer.http://www.centreofgravity.ca

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For an independent songwriter with five albums to her name, singer Arlene Bishop is not one to jump into the spotlight. In fact, she normally prefers to stand at the back of the room and mentally peruse amusing musings. Maybe sheíll be a poet when she grows up but for now she’s getting ready to make a new album.http://www.arlenebishop.com

 

 

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Russell deCarle

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. http://russeldecarle.com

 

 

 

 

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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.https://www.facebook.com/Bain-Bernard-Comedy-103577636353180/

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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

 

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Donne is a singer/guitarist 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” and for his contribution as one of the members of the African Guitar Summit project, which won a JUNO in 2005 and was nominated for another one in 2007. Donné also is the first black VJ on MTV Russia.http://www.donneroberts.com

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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

2014 Riverdale Share Performers

Mike Tanner – Host

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Ventanas

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Spraoi

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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

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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.

AND OF COURSE, THE MAN OF THE SEASON….SANTA!

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.

2012 Performers

YOUR HOST – Mike Tanner

Mike is the chief cook and bottle-washer with local band The Circumstantialists, rehabbing the most forgettable pop of the ‘70s each month at the Dora Keogh. He is a charter member of the Sue Baker Fan Club. myspace.com/thecircumstantialists

Bill Usher

Bill is a three-time Juno Award winner who performed at the first ten Riverdale Share concerts.  Bill is now the executive director of Kicking Horse Culture, the local arts council in Golden, BC. KickingHorseCulture.ca

Debbie Fleming

Debbie Fleming has been making her living as a singer/musician for over 30 years — jingles, TV Shows, recordings, backup vocals, arranging, songwriting and fronting jazz and R&B bands.  She’s a longtime member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and plays guitar and uke. An alumna of Riverdale Share, she is very happy to be back, and singing her arrangement of O Holy Night – with an R&B/gospel twist! debbiefleming.ca

Michael Brennan

Cape Breton born and raised, Michael Brennan is considered the voice of REAL country music in Toronto.  Possessing a full blooded, passionate 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. michaelbrennan.com

Steven Page

Steven Page is one of Canada’s most recognizable voices.  He was the lead singer and songwriter with Barenaked Ladies for 20 years.  They sold nearly 15 million albums, won numerous Junos, two Grammy nominations and two Geminis.  Steven left the band in 2009 to pursue a solo and theatrical career.  Last year, he was nominated for a Genie Award for his song A Different Sort of Solitude, from the film French Immersion.  He has composed four scores for the Stratford Festival, most recently for 2011’s hit, Cymbeline.  He regularly records and performs with The Art of Time Ensemble, and has released two solo albums, most recently, 2010’s, Page One.  He is currently recording a follow-up to be released in 2013. stevenpage.com

Zero Gravity Circus – Jen Georgopoulos

Initially trained as a competitive gymnast, Jen Georgopoulos has become an accomplished globe-trotting professional circus aerialist specializing in the dramatic aerial disciplines with Zero Gravity Circus, including static and swinging trapeze, aerial silks, corde lisse and the classic lyra.  She is trained in stunts including fight choreography, fire work and high falls, appearing in major motion pictures. zerogravitycircus.com

3 In The Key

Just who is 3 In The Key? Duncan Briggs, Isabella Schaffer-Hooper and Lucas Celia of course!  After their debut on the Withrow Fun Fair stage last year, they’re just tickled to be asked to play Riverdale Share’s 20th. Their musical influences include a wide range of bands from Led Zeppelin to Chuck Berry, from Adele to Muse. Oh, and always with a side of the Beatles. And with the average age of just 12 between them, they’ve got time to add more influences to the mix.

Robert Priest

Robert Priest is a poet and songwriter. His latest CD of songs Feeling the Pinch is available on iTunes. Most of the songs on it were co-written with Allen Booth who co-wrote Green Christmas. So if you love that song you would love the CD only 9.99 on iTunes. poempainter.com

Alexandria Taylor

Alexandria Taylor is a young musician from Toronto, studying Jazz Performance at U of T.  She loves songwriting and is currently working on her own album.  She performs around the city with her jazz combo and piano/vocal duo.  Alexandria is thrilled to be performing at Riverdale Share Christmas for the second time with Robert Priest.

Wexford Gleeks

The Wexford GLEEKS is an auditioned solo ensemble at Wexford School for the Arts, who have built a reputation for outstanding performances throughout the GTA.  Overseen by Ann Merriam (Artistic Director, Wexford School for the Arts), these gifted young artists are guided by professional guest artists/educators Jeffrey Newberry and Barbara Johnston.  In true GLEE fashion, the GLEEKS come together once a week to have a blast creating inventive arrangements and exciting choreography, because at WEX — it’s cool to be GLEEK.

KC and the Treble-Makers

KC and the Treble-Makers (aka Bejewelled Jackson and the 16 Sparklets) are a quirky bunch of neighbourhood kids who love to sing.  Organized and led by Karen Dewey Decker and Carolyn Ricketts (conductor) this cheerful group is very pleased and excited to take part in Riverdale Share 2012.  Thank you to Benjamin Page and Isaac Page for assisting with the rehearsals.  Happy Holidays!

Soul Influence

Soul Influence is an acclaimed African a cappella ensemble whose harmonies and vocal percussion will set your feet tapping!  Hailing from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana & Zambia, these vocalists bring traditional African styles and rhythms with a messages of hope and faith. soulinfluence.org

Eastminister Choir

The Eastminster Choir makes their home across the street at Eastminster United Church under the direction of Jacqueline Sadler.  The Choir is making their Carnegie Hall debut in February 2013 with Distinguished Concerts International New York.  Their CD Seasons of Song is available through the church office. eastminsteruc.org

Luba Goy – Actress, Comedienne

Luba has been with Riverdale Share since the beginning and is thrilled to behere to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.  As an active member of Volunteer Canada she is kept very busy playing host to a multitude of fundraising events.  She also performs in her own one-woman show, Luba, Simply Luba,which will tour Canada in the near future.  This year Luba was presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to Canada.  Catch her onthe upcoming 20th Air Farce Annual New Year’s Eve Special on CBC!

Russell deCarle

Russell deCarle is a founding member, lead vocalist, bassist, and contributing songwriter to the multi-platinum, Juno award winning, country-roots group Prairie Oyster. Russell’s debut solo project, Under The Big Big Sky, is a distinct departure from the sound of the band, and features jazz and torch-blues influenced vocals on nine of eleven self-penned originals. The deep groove of the unique live trio instrumentation (rhythm acoustic guitar, lead acoustic guitar, and accordion) brings to life material from the record, timeless classics of the 50s and 60s, and selected covers of musical friends and influences. 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

Sproai

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

Suzie Vinnick

When Saskatoon native Suzie Vinnick takes the stage, she takes it from footlights to rafters and owns it.  She can belt out a blues or croon a ballad with equal deftness.  Her guitar work is effortlessly commanding and supremely tasteful.  But it is mostly her powerful presence that leaves a lasting impression.  This lady is a force of nature with a six-string guitar.  Ya gotta experience her to understand.  Mike Agranoff, Program Chairman, The Minstrel Concert Series, Morristown, NJ suzievinnick.com

Tim Bovaconti

Tim Bovaconti has been a fixture on the Toronto music scene for the past 20 years.  As well as playing with The Sattalites, he is currently lead guitarist for Ron Sexsmith and Burton Cummings and is close to releasing a new solo album. tombovaconti.com

Fergus Hambleton

A fixture on the Canadian music scene for the last four decades, Fergus Hambleton is a versatile singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist.  Fronting the Juno Award winning reggae outfit The Sattalites and forging a successful solo career are among his many musical achievements.  These days Fergus is in high demand as a session player and arranger offering expertise ranging from playing saxophone, clarinet, guitar and vocals.  Upcoming live performances include The Two Bobs, a re-imagining of Bob Marley and Bob Dylan songs; regular appearances with the Sattalites, The Tuesday Night Club, and a number of other groups including his own jazz ensemble The Jazz Lovers Society. fergushambleton.com

Mia Sheard

Mia Sheard is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter set to release her 4th album, The Curse of the Vorus in early 2013.  Parallel to her life as a musician, Mia has embarked on a second career as a Gestalt therapist.  She lives with her family in Riverdale. miasheard.com

Sharon and Lois

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.

AND OF COURSE, THE MAN OF THE SEASON….SANTA!

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.