2019 Riverdale Share Performers

MCs Bain and Bernard

Warren Bain and Matt Bernard are a writing/directing/performing duo from Toronto and are Canada’s premier artists for writing short biographies about themselves. From their humble beginnings, to what they’re currently doing, including future projects, their short biographies have it all! They’ve even written short bios for well and lesser known celebrities, who have yet to receive or read them. If you’d like a personalized short biography of your very own, visit bainandbernard.com  today! Also, thank you for letting us host this year!

Julian Taylor

Julian’s songs have been placed in such TV shows as Haven, Private Eyes, Kim’s Convenience and Elementary. One minute he’s playing at the Horseshoe backed by his eight-piece band spilling out electrified rhythm and blues 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 soul music, blues, hard rock and thoughtful folky songs. You can also catch him on on 106.5 ELMT FM weekdays 3 – 7    juliantaylor.com

Kathryn Rose

Kathryn Rose is a busy artist, music industry vet and mom of two, known for her artful brand of cinematic pop over the course of five solo albums. She’s also a top voice in demand, working in voiceover, jingles, TV and film scores, and live and on the albums of countless other artists: Kinnie Starr, Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan (world tour), Kevin Breit, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Melanie Doane, Patti Labelle, Sir Tom Jones, Anne Murray, Martin Fry (ABC), and Ian Thomas, and many more. Kathryn is currently touring to perform with symphonies across North America, also running many aspects of that touring company, and is feverishly digging with her bare hands to find more hours in the day, to make her long-awaited sixth solo album.

Julie Michels

“Julie Michels possesses a huge voice with amazing control, both in range of volume, expression and wonderful tonal effects which she uses like an instrument.” (Bob Scott, The Examiner).  She has performed at jazz clubs throughout Europe but has recently focused on North American venues including the Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Merrickville Jazz Festival, Haitian International Jazz Festival, as well as stages throughout Canada and the United States. In 2017, she performed in Egypt at the Jazz Tales Festival in Cairo and in 2018 Julie performed in Alexandria with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. Her next CD is set to be recorded in New York. A re-interpretation of the songs of Lyle Lovett, it will be produced by Grammy Award nominated Mark Ruffin.  Julie Michels

Shakura S'aida

You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida performing at Festivals in Dubai, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, on the Legendary Blues Cruise, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, The Nina Project or acting in TV shows like TITAN’S, Schitt’s Creek or Lost Girl. This versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has been consistently thrilling audiences with her powerful pipes for years and has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard. As a veteran of the international music scene, she’s performed both as a featured artist with musicians like Jimmy Smith, Lee Oskar (WAR), and Bettye LaVette, as well as an award winning solo artist. After a 7 year hiatus, Shakura is back in the studio; this time with co-producers Donna Grantis (Prince/3rd Eye Girl), Keb’ Mo’ and Roger Costa (Jeff Healey). Whether she’s speaking Swiss-German, French or English, Shakura instantly connects with her audience — and at the same time richly demonstrates the multiculturalism that Canada prides itself on. //shakurasaida.com

Russell DeCarle

Known throughout North America as the lead singer and founding member of multi-platinum country-roots group Prairie Oyster, Russell deCarle has spent the last decade as solo artist, concentrating on songwriting and rhythm guitar playing. Russell’s sound is a celebration and culmination of a lifetime of music, including a time when Buck Owens, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra would all be played back to back on the radio. His latest album “Alone In This Crowd” offers a fluent collection of songs that mix southern soul and restrained balladry, with obvious touches of southern soul, jazz, blues, and old-school country. deCarle’s songwriting has absorbed all those influences, and he avidly listens to both soul singers and the men and women who made early country music so compelling. russelldecarle.com

Oskar & Eero

Oskar & Eero began their partnership in the womb (with third triplet Roxanne). Born into a family of musicians, they took to the piano early on. Their debut performance was at family camp, where they presented an epic four hands rendition of “Gummy Bear”, arranged by their Grammy. Their interests have evolved from assorted superhero theme songs to the current heated debate over who reigns supreme: Freddy or Elton? The boys both play trombone in Hannford Youth and are students at Kitchen Music Studios. They will be featured musicians TVOKids new show BACKYARD BEATS. 

Dirty Dishes

Their latest album In Sink captures all the best parts of Canadian roots-trio Dirty Dishes- rich harmonies, clever songwriting, country-tinged ballads and killer charm- but reflects a musical maturity, ease and playfulness that a band only achieves after a decade of playing together. Blending roots, folk-rock, bluegrass, gospel and country music, these sassy Dishes take the stage with extraordinary energy and flare, leaving you in stitches one minute, and reaching for your handkerchief the next!//dirty-dishes.ca

Eastview Folk Dancers

The Eastview Folk Dancers group was formed in 1996. Our performers are between the ages of 14 and 17 and most have been training since they were 4 years old. Eastview has watched them grow into strong and confident young women. They embody the spirit of Chinese folk dancing, captivating audiences with their traditional costumes, vibrant energy, and graceful interpretations of song.

Stella Panacci and Tim Bovaconti

Stella and Tim are currently collaborating on a new Stella Panacci album. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist performer, producer and musical director with Toronto studio – Tim’s Garage. He has toured the world with the likes of Ron Sexsmith and Burton Cummings and opened for the legendary Rodriguez, at Massey Hall. Stella Panacci is an award winning songwriter who got her start as drummer/ front-woman for 90s indie darlings, “Kat Rocket”. She has released 6 albums, toured with her original works and sang back up for various bands. Her songs are featured in film and television, and she was recently chosen to be the voice for the theme song for PJ Masks, “Luna Girl. She won a Billboard songwriting prize for her song, “Take You Away” co-written with James Quinn and together they cultivated the now internationally acclaimed band, “The Beaches”.//www.timbovaconti.com

Torrent Productions

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 4th annual panto is Jack and the BeansTalk – A Merry Magical Pantomime. #feefifofum #ilovepanto  www.torrentproductions.com

Bain and Bernard Players

The Bain and Bernard Players are a rotating crew full of whimsy and fun. Today you might have the pleasure of seeing Katie, Mike, Rylan, Andrew, Lindsay, and/or Pickering’s own Jeremy Lapalme! And introducing our newest member Edith, who made her stage debut at last years Riverdale Share. Even though she is a baby, she gets paid the most thanks to Bain and Bernard’s reverse seniority program. This is a favourite gig of the Bain and Bernard Players and they look forward to it yearly.//bainandbernard.com

Frankland Community School Choir

The Frankland choir is made up of students in Grades 4–6 who love to sing. The choir performs at the Remembrance Day Assembly and December Concerts at Frankland School at Logan and Danforth. Our choir is led by our music teacher, Mr. Tom Roedding, and our accompanist is Jenny Crober.

Santa Claus and the Elves

In 26 years, Santa hasn’t missed a Riverdale Share Concert and we’ve already confirmed that he will be here again this year! He claims it’s his very favourite event and he always makes time to drop into the Big Carrot to stock up on organic food he can’t find at the North Pole.Its not too late to send him a note at Dear Santa.

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 says.  He 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” . 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

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 26-year history. To learn more about Russ, please go to russboswell.com

Danny 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.//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. //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. Today he is also replaces Steve Briggs as bandleader while Steve tours with Quartet.

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 also spends his time running Cherry Jam Rehearsal Studios and PRB his company that provides rental equipment to musicians. //cherryjamrehearsal.co

John McLeod - Trumpet

John MacLeod has led a distinguished career spanning 40 years on the Canadian music scene. His first major national and international exposure was as a soloist with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, beginning in 1983. His playing can be heard on many Boss Brass albums including 2 Grammy Award winners.  As a composer and arranger he has scored music for everything from string quartets up to full symphonic orchestra. His big band arrangements can be found in the repertoires of professional and student groups all over Canada, the U.S.A.  Europe and Asia. He has also completed several orchestral projects which he has conducted at Roy Thompson Hall and the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.  John’s big band The Rex Hotel Orchestra has recorded 3 CDs; their debut album OUR FIRST SET was awarded a Juno for the best jazz album of year 2011. John is also active as an educator, teaching at both U of T, and Humber College.

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 music 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.  scottdouglasmarshall.com

Doug Gibson - Trombone

Doug Gibson was exposed to a wide variety of music early in his playing career. He went on to study music at Humber College, where he also took up the bass trombone. Subsequently, Doug became a first-call studio musician in Toronto, and has performed on a long string of albums and national jingles. Doug is an in-demand pit orchestra musician, and has performed in dozens of theatrical productions, including The Secret Garden, Legally Blonde, The Sound Of Music, Dirty Dancing, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Bat Out Of Hell and Martin Short’s acclaimed one-man show. Other artists with whom Doug has performed include Hugh Jackman, Jeff Beck, Barry Manilow, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paul Anka, Lighthouse, Jann Arden, Eason Chan and David Clayton-Thomas.

Anne Lederman - Violin

Fiddler/singer/composer/storyteller/multi-instrumentalist, Anne has done ground-breaking musical work over 40 years, reviving Canadian traditions (including Manitoba Métis music) and creating new ones. A founding member of Muddy York (Canadian trad),The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Fiddlesong (original), Eh?! (fiddle-based) and Kalimbas-at-Work (Cameroon-Canadian), she has 5 CDs under her own name and over 50 with other artists/ensembles.

Anne Lindsay - Violin

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.

Shelley Coppersmith - 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.