Riverdale Share tickets on sale Nov. 12

WhatsOn Nov 06, 2012 by Norm Nelson East York Mirror

Tickets go on sale Nov. 12 at several Danforth Avenue locations for next month’s Riverdale Share holiday concert.

Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the annual December concert is not only back after a one-year hiatus last year, but back at the Danforth Music Hall, which has seating for more than 1,100.

After spending its first 18 years there, it had to relocate the previous two shows because of a change of ownership one year and for a long-running musical the previous year.

“We’re really excited to be back,” said Riverdale Share volunteer Executive Director Susan Baker. “It’s renovated. They have their own sound and lights - we won’t have to bring as much in. It’s great.”

This year’s concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.

One way organizers will get the word out, besides media coverage, is through their annual poster blitz, largely undertaken by high school students, followed by a party. It runs Sunday, Nov. 11 from noon to 4 p.m.

Baker said they blanket the area from about “Broadview to Greenwood (avenues), and Mortimer down to Queen.”

To find out more and get involved, email info@riverdaleshare.com

The annual pre-concert Christmas carol sing-along has been penciled in for Friday, Dec. 7, with final details to be released closer to the date.

The show has raised thousands of dollars for charities that work in Riverdale and surrounding areas. Its dual purpose, however, has also been to celebrate the Christmas and holiday spirit in true family fashion.

The Riverdale community is known for its high concentration of artists, and they’ve lent their support to the annual music fundraiser in the past, including some of the more well-known icons such as Jim Cuddy and Steven Page.

Guest musicians are backed up by “the same fabulous Riverdale Share band” led by band leader Steve Briggs and musical director Tom Leighton.

Ironically, while there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of local professional musicians willing to volunteer their support, Baker conceded she’s had unexpected problems at the other end of the spectrum this year. Because of the job action between teachers and Queen’s Park, she said she still hadn’t been able to secure an elementary children’s choir.

This year, as in previous years, Baker is holding December’s prospective lineup close to her vest with a couple of notable exceptions.

Beloved children’s entertainers “Sharon and Lois are coming back – Bram will be away.”

And, fittingly, the founders of Riverdale Share 20 years ago – three-time June award winner and Danforth Tech grad Bill Usher and his wife (and fellow musician) Maggie Calladine – are traveling back from British Columbia to perform.

“It was their brainchild and they were involved for 10 years.

“And Bill is going to perform a song that he wrote in the early days of Riverdale Share for Riverdale Share. So that will be a nice thing to have.”

As for the rest of the line-up...

“We’re trying to reach back and have some people that have performed throughout the years as opposed to newer people because it is an anniversary show,” she said.

Danforth ticket locations include: The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave.; It’s My Party, 423 Danforth Ave,; and Treasure Island Toys, 581 Danforth Ave.

For more details, or for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.riverdaleshare.com

Riverdale Share tickets on sale Nov. 12

Annual holiday fundraiser set for Dec. 9 at Danforth Music Hall

WhatsOn Nov 06, 2012 by Norm Nelson East York Mirror

Tickets go on sale Nov. 12 at several Danforth Avenue locations for next month’s Riverdale Share holiday concert.

Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the annual December concert is not only back after a one-year hiatus last year, but back at the Danforth Music Hall, which has seating for more than 1,100.

After spending its first 18 years there, it had to relocate the previous two shows because of a change of ownership one year and for a long-running musical the previous year.

“We’re really excited to be back,” said Riverdale Share volunteer Executive Director Susan Baker. “It’s renovated. They have their own sound and lights - we won’t have to bring as much in. It’s great.”

This year’s concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.

One way organizers will get the word out, besides media coverage, is through their annual poster blitz, largely undertaken by high school students, followed by a party. It runs Sunday, Nov. 11 from noon to 4 p.m.

Baker said they blanket the area from about “Broadview to Greenwood (avenues), and Mortimer down to Queen.”

To find out more and get involved, email info@riverdaleshare.com

The annual pre-concert Christmas carol sing-along has been penciled in for Friday, Dec. 7, with final details to be released closer to the date.

The show has raised thousands of dollars for charities that work in Riverdale and surrounding areas. Its dual purpose, however, has also been to celebrate the Christmas and holiday spirit in true family fashion.

The Riverdale community is known for its high concentration of artists, and they’ve lent their support to the annual music fundraiser in the past, including some of the more well-known icons such as Jim Cuddy and Steven Page.

Guest musicians are backed up by “the same fabulous Riverdale Share band” led by band leader Steve Briggs and musical director Tom Leighton.

Ironically, while there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of local professional musicians willing to volunteer their support, Baker conceded she’s had unexpected problems at the other end of the spectrum this year. Because of the job action between teachers and Queen’s Park, she said she still hadn’t been able to secure an elementary children’s choir.

This year, as in previous years, Baker is holding December’s prospective lineup close to her vest with a couple of notable exceptions.

Beloved children’s entertainers “Sharon and Lois are coming back – Bram will be away.”

And, fittingly, the founders of Riverdale Share 20 years ago – three-time June award winner and Danforth Tech grad Bill Usher and his wife (and fellow musician) Maggie Calladine – are traveling back from British Columbia to perform.

“It was their brainchild and they were involved for 10 years.

“And Bill is going to perform a song that he wrote in the early days of Riverdale Share for Riverdale Share. So that will be a nice thing to have.”

As for the rest of the line-up...

“We’re trying to reach back and have some people that have performed throughout the years as opposed to newer people because it is an anniversary show,” she said.

Danforth ticket locations include: The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave.; It’s My Party, 423 Danforth Ave,; and Treasure Island Toys, 581 Danforth Ave.

For more details, or for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.riverdaleshare.com

Riverdale Share tickets on sale Nov. 12

Annual holiday fundraiser set for Dec. 9 at Danforth Music Hall

WhatsOn Nov 06, 2012 by Norm Nelson East York Mirror

Tickets go on sale Nov. 12 at several Danforth Avenue locations for next month’s Riverdale Share holiday concert.

Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the annual December concert is not only back after a one-year hiatus last year, but back at the Danforth Music Hall, which has seating for more than 1,100.

After spending its first 18 years there, it had to relocate the previous two shows because of a change of ownership one year and for a long-running musical the previous year.

“We’re really excited to be back,” said Riverdale Share volunteer Executive Director Susan Baker. “It’s renovated. They have their own sound and lights - we won’t have to bring as much in. It’s great.”

This year’s concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.

One way organizers will get the word out, besides media coverage, is through their annual poster blitz, largely undertaken by high school students, followed by a party. It runs Sunday, Nov. 11 from noon to 4 p.m.

Baker said they blanket the area from about “Broadview to Greenwood (avenues), and Mortimer down to Queen.”

To find out more and get involved, email info@riverdaleshare.com

The annual pre-concert Christmas carol sing-along has been penciled in for Friday, Dec. 7, with final details to be released closer to the date.

The show has raised thousands of dollars for charities that work in Riverdale and surrounding areas. Its dual purpose, however, has also been to celebrate the Christmas and holiday spirit in true family fashion.

The Riverdale community is known for its high concentration of artists, and they’ve lent their support to the annual music fundraiser in the past, including some of the more well-known icons such as Jim Cuddy and Steven Page.

Guest musicians are backed up by “the same fabulous Riverdale Share band” led by band leader Steve Briggs and musical director Tom Leighton.

Ironically, while there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of local professional musicians willing to volunteer their support, Baker conceded she’s had unexpected problems at the other end of the spectrum this year. Because of the job action between teachers and Queen’s Park, she said she still hadn’t been able to secure an elementary children’s choir.

This year, as in previous years, Baker is holding December’s prospective lineup close to her vest with a couple of notable exceptions.

Beloved children’s entertainers “Sharon and Lois are coming back – Bram will be away.”

And, fittingly, the founders of Riverdale Share 20 years ago – three-time June award winner and Danforth Tech grad Bill Usher and his wife (and fellow musician) Maggie Calladine – are traveling back from British Columbia to perform.

“It was their brainchild and they were involved for 10 years.

“And Bill is going to perform a song that he wrote in the early days of Riverdale Share for Riverdale Share. So that will be a nice thing to have.”

As for the rest of the line-up...

“We’re trying to reach back and have some people that have performed throughout the years as opposed to newer people because it is an anniversary show,” she said.

Danforth ticket locations include: The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave.; It’s My Party, 423 Danforth Ave,; and Treasure Island Toys, 581 Danforth Ave.

For more details, or for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.riverdaleshare.com