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

Press Release

Date November 10, 2016



The 24th Annual Riverdale Share Concert

Sunday, December 4 2016

3:00 pm

Danforth Music Hall

147 Danforth Ave

Tickets on sale now $20:

The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave and Treasure Island Toys, 581 Danforth Ave

or online at Ticketmaster.ca

Once again the Riverdale Share organizing committee is busy as elves preparing for this year’s show at the Danforth Music Hall.

The Riverdale Share Concert is a diverse holiday celebration held every December in Toronto’s vibrant Riverdale neighbourhood.

Known for raising both holiday cheer and funds for local non-profit organizations in the east end, 2016 will be the 24th year for the show which, for many, has become an annual tradition to enjoy with family and friends.

The entertainment lineup is being finalized and will feature 20 performances including Tabby Johnson, Danny Marks, Julian Taylor, Dala, Jen Schaffer and the Shiners and Washboard Hank. All performers will be announced on Twitter, Facebook and the Riverdale Share website in the coming weeks.

“Mike Tanner – Music Sector Development Officer and ‘Circumstantialist’s’ front man – will once again MC the event” says Susan Baker, Riverdale Share’s executive director and the show’s producer.

Of course the show could not go on without the generous support of local sponsors. This year’s Title Sponsor is The Big Carrot. Sponsorship covers the cost of producing the show and this means that 100% of ticket sales are donated to local community programs.

The Riverdale Share Community Association is a registered non-profit, volunteer driven organization whose mandate is to produce a large, diverse, festive celebration while raising money for families in need within the Riverdale community. Many local organizations have benefited from the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by the Riverdale Share Community Association over the past 23 years.

More information at riverdaleshare.com, @RiverdaleShare and Facebook.com/RiverdaleShare or contact:

Susan Baker, Executive Director
Riverdale Share Community Association

Recipients of funds raised at the 2015 Riverdale Share Concert



Blake Boultbee Youth Outreach Service (BBYOS) is a community-based agency established in 1989 to provide comprehensive services to high-risk youth and their families in the Blake Boultbee community, a high-density, low-income area of east Toronto.  BBYOS provides intensive individual, group and family counselling and therapy, community outreach, life skills training and crisis intervention that offer options to these at-risk young people and their families. Monies awarded went to fund their Therapy/Counselling, Outreach and Life Skills programs as well as their boys and girls group – a bi-weekly group for boys and girls between 10 and 13 years. www.bbyos.org

East York Foundation Seniors Christmas Dinner takes place on December 25th each year at the East York Community Centre and involves 250 members of the community. The objective of the Seniors Christmas Dinner is to provide a warm meal, good conversations and joyful celebration to Seniors from East York and Riverdale who otherwise might not have anywhere else to go on Christmas Day. In 2016 this dinner will be celebrating its 34th year.

Kennedy House Youth Shelter is a 33 bed, 24 hour a day, 365 days per year shelter near Pape and O’Connor that provides support to at-risk youth ages 16-24 who are homeless. The shelter provides for the immediate needs of homeless youth by providing food, emergency shelter, basic necessities and crisis intervention. Programming is offered that helps youth stay healthy as well as access jobs, permanent housing, clothing and other supplies.www.kennedyhouse.com

Out of the Cold is a program that strives to respond, in a meaningful way, to the needs of the most abandoned of our city’s poor and homeless people. These needs include the basic and physical needs of shelter and food, and the deeply human needs of compassion, dignity and feelings of self-worth. The Out of the Cold Program at Eastminster United Church has been serving the local community in the east end of Toronto on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings from November to March for the past 22 years. The program is run 100% by volunteers. www.eastminsteruc.org/out-of-the-cold

Ralph Thornton Community Centre (RTC) has been a hub of activity in South Riverdale for over 35 years. Riverdale Share is proud to support two programs in particular:

The Mentor Program which pairs newcomer children from the Chinese community with adult and youth volunteers to assist these children to adjust and adapt to their new Canadian culture. Riverdale Adventure Camp which provides an opportunity for children to participate in a week long summer camp experience. This program is a partnership between RTC, the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, and WoodGreen. In 2015 this program was expanded to provide additional opportunities for children from low income communities in South Riverdale, as well as for children from LGBTQ families. www.ralphthornton.org

South Riverdale Child Parent Centre is a family support program that offers a parent child drop-in, parenting workshops, outings, and a book and toy lending library. Open 5 days a week, and Saturdays in the winter, the centre is open to families with children from birth to six years.  The staff offers referral services and informal counseling to all families. Hours of operation, events and program details can be found at www.srcpc.org