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

Press Release

NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Murray Mclauchlan, Tabby Johnson, Julian Taylor

Headline The Riverdale Share’s 25th Anniversary Concert

Sunday, December 3, 2017

 

Murray McLauchlan, Tabby Johnson, and Julian Taylor, are just some of the headliners who will perform in the Riverdale Share Concert in celebration of its 25th Anniversary on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at the Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue.

This year’s concert will feature 20 performances in all. The full slate, which will also include Washboard Hank, Danny Marks, Mia and John Sheard, Desna Children’s Dance Company, will be announced on Twitter, Facebook, and the Riverdale Share website in the coming weeks leading up to the Concert. Emceeing the concert will be Mike Tanner, Music Sector Development Officer and ‘Circumstantialist’s’ front man.

Speaking on why he has been involved with The Riverdale Share Concert on several occasions, well-known Canadian singer and songwriter Murray McLauchlan stated: “To help families in need when they are most in need is not just an obligation but an honour.”  “

“Live music is the best way to bring a community together, and, there’s no better annual music event in this community than Riverdale Share,” adds Mike Tanner. “Each year, the concert puts a diverse and inclusive lineup onstage, showcasing great Toronto performers, from old favourites to young artists getting their first chance to play a big show. Most importantly, Riverdale Share supports families in need.”

Held every December in Toronto’s Riverdale community, The Riverdale Share Concert is a fun-filled, diverse holiday celebration for the entire family. Over the years over $250,000 has been raised from the concert to support east-end, non-profit organization such as the Blake Boultlbee Youth Outreach Service (BBYOS), East York Foundation Seniors Christmas Dinner, Kennedy House Shelter, Ralph Thornton Community Centre and the South Riverdale Child Parent Centre to name a few.

The South Riverdale Child Parent Centre uses its grant money received from the Riverdale Share Association to expand its new book collection allowing children to develop their reading skills and to enjoy books that reflect their values. For BBYOS, the financial support they receive makes a difference in the lives of the marginalized youth by providing programs allowing at-risk youth to receive peer-support and learn important life-skills.

The Riverdale Share Concert would not be possible without the generous support of many local organizations such as the new title sponsor, Meridian Credit Union and the Big Carrot, a long-time supporter, and Canadian Tire. Because of this support, which helps to cover show production costs, 100 per cent of ticket sales are donated to local community programs. This year’s goal is to raise over $50,000 and truckloads of food for families in crisis in the community in one afternoon.

Many long-time volunteers, such as Riverdale resident Al McKinlay, have been coming year-after-year, involving their children and now their grandchildren. He is now a board member of the Riverdale Share Association. His two daughters are both volunteers and one of his three grandchildren is a Riverdale Share Elf.   For Chrysanthia Zora Michaelides volunteering for the Riverdale Share Concert is something she wouldn’t miss. “Once a Riverdale Share-ian, always a Riverdale Share-ian,” says Chrysanthia. “The holidays would not be the same without volunteering on this magical community show.”

Admission to the Concert is $25.00 plus a non-perishable food item. Tickets can be purchased at The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Avenue as well as at Treasure Island Toys, 581 Danforth Avenue or online at www.ticketmaster.ca for $29.00.

More information on the 100 per cent volunteer-run Riverdale Share Concert is available at riverdaleshare.com, @RiverdaleShare and Facebook.com/RiverdaleShare

 

ABOUT RIVERDALE SHARE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION:

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 24 years.

Media Contact:

Norma Meneguzzi Spall, The Results Group Public Relations

norma@theresultsgrouppr.com / O: 416-686-9110 / M: 416-209-1216

Or:

Susan Baker, Executive Director, Riverdale Share Community Association susan@riverdaleshare.com/416-721-4262