Riverdale Share Concert celebrates silver anniversary

WhatsOn Nov 01, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

A popular and well-loved east Toronto fundraiser is celebrating a special milestone in 2017.

This year, the Riverdale Share Concert, which since its inception has raised upwards of $270,000 for a host of local organizations, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Typically held on the first Sunday of December, the annual event has also featured scores of emerging and renowned acts from across Toronto.

“It’s actually kind of shocking that a small group has kept this fire roaring all these years,” said Riverdale resident Susan Baker, the show’s long-time executive producer.

She couldn’t say enough about the dedicated members of her organizing committee, which consists of about 15 community members, who work incredibly hard every year to bring the ambitious event to life.

“People are very committed to Riverdale Share. It’s an annual family tradition during the holidays and there’s a great sense of pride for those who are involved,” Baker said.

“I think Riverdale Share really exemplifies community. It’s put on by a community for a community.”

This year is extra special for Baker as her eight-month-old granddaughter will be in attendance.

“It’s come full circle. My family has been very involved over the years,” said Baker, who first got involved with the concert back in 1991 when she was eight months pregnant.

“It’s similar for many families.”

Riverdale Share, which this year is set for Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., wouldn’t be possible without countless donations from individuals and groups in the community as well as local businesses and companies. All of the show’s 100-plus artists and performers also donate their time.

In honour of its 25th anniversary, this year’s Riverdale Share Concert will feature several returning acts, most notably headliners Julian Taylor, Murray McLaughlan, and Tabby Johnson as well as Micah Barnes.

The 20-act show will also feature the Desna School of Ukrainian Dance and Jonny Purdy-Flacks, who are both performing for the first time.

“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,” returning emcee Mike Tanner, Toronto's music sector development officer as well as frontman for The Circumstantialists, said in a Nov. 1 release.

“Each year, the concert puts a diverse and inclusive lineup on stage, 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.”

Tickets for the 2017 Riverdale Share Concert, which can be purchased for $25 at The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave., and at Treasure Island Toys, 581 Danforth Ave., or online for $29 at Ticketmaster.ca, went on sale Wednesday, Nov. 1.

For more information, visit http://riverdaleshare.com

Riverdale Share Concert celebrates silver anniversary

Tickets for this year's show now on sale

WhatsOn Nov 01, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

A popular and well-loved east Toronto fundraiser is celebrating a special milestone in 2017.

This year, the Riverdale Share Concert, which since its inception has raised upwards of $270,000 for a host of local organizations, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Typically held on the first Sunday of December, the annual event has also featured scores of emerging and renowned acts from across Toronto.

“It’s actually kind of shocking that a small group has kept this fire roaring all these years,” said Riverdale resident Susan Baker, the show’s long-time executive producer.

She couldn’t say enough about the dedicated members of her organizing committee, which consists of about 15 community members, who work incredibly hard every year to bring the ambitious event to life.

“People are very committed to Riverdale Share. It’s an annual family tradition during the holidays and there’s a great sense of pride for those who are involved,” Baker said.

“I think Riverdale Share really exemplifies community. It’s put on by a community for a community.”

This year is extra special for Baker as her eight-month-old granddaughter will be in attendance.

“It’s come full circle. My family has been very involved over the years,” said Baker, who first got involved with the concert back in 1991 when she was eight months pregnant.

“It’s similar for many families.”

Riverdale Share, which this year is set for Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., wouldn’t be possible without countless donations from individuals and groups in the community as well as local businesses and companies. All of the show’s 100-plus artists and performers also donate their time.

In honour of its 25th anniversary, this year’s Riverdale Share Concert will feature several returning acts, most notably headliners Julian Taylor, Murray McLaughlan, and Tabby Johnson as well as Micah Barnes.

The 20-act show will also feature the Desna School of Ukrainian Dance and Jonny Purdy-Flacks, who are both performing for the first time.

“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,” returning emcee Mike Tanner, Toronto's music sector development officer as well as frontman for The Circumstantialists, said in a Nov. 1 release.

“Each year, the concert puts a diverse and inclusive lineup on stage, 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.”

Tickets for the 2017 Riverdale Share Concert, which can be purchased for $25 at The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave., and at Treasure Island Toys, 581 Danforth Ave., or online for $29 at Ticketmaster.ca, went on sale Wednesday, Nov. 1.

For more information, visit http://riverdaleshare.com

Riverdale Share Concert celebrates silver anniversary

Tickets for this year's show now on sale

WhatsOn Nov 01, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

A popular and well-loved east Toronto fundraiser is celebrating a special milestone in 2017.

This year, the Riverdale Share Concert, which since its inception has raised upwards of $270,000 for a host of local organizations, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Typically held on the first Sunday of December, the annual event has also featured scores of emerging and renowned acts from across Toronto.

“It’s actually kind of shocking that a small group has kept this fire roaring all these years,” said Riverdale resident Susan Baker, the show’s long-time executive producer.

She couldn’t say enough about the dedicated members of her organizing committee, which consists of about 15 community members, who work incredibly hard every year to bring the ambitious event to life.

“People are very committed to Riverdale Share. It’s an annual family tradition during the holidays and there’s a great sense of pride for those who are involved,” Baker said.

“I think Riverdale Share really exemplifies community. It’s put on by a community for a community.”

This year is extra special for Baker as her eight-month-old granddaughter will be in attendance.

“It’s come full circle. My family has been very involved over the years,” said Baker, who first got involved with the concert back in 1991 when she was eight months pregnant.

“It’s similar for many families.”

Riverdale Share, which this year is set for Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., wouldn’t be possible without countless donations from individuals and groups in the community as well as local businesses and companies. All of the show’s 100-plus artists and performers also donate their time.

In honour of its 25th anniversary, this year’s Riverdale Share Concert will feature several returning acts, most notably headliners Julian Taylor, Murray McLaughlan, and Tabby Johnson as well as Micah Barnes.

The 20-act show will also feature the Desna School of Ukrainian Dance and Jonny Purdy-Flacks, who are both performing for the first time.

“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,” returning emcee Mike Tanner, Toronto's music sector development officer as well as frontman for The Circumstantialists, said in a Nov. 1 release.

“Each year, the concert puts a diverse and inclusive lineup on stage, 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.”

Tickets for the 2017 Riverdale Share Concert, which can be purchased for $25 at The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave., and at Treasure Island Toys, 581 Danforth Ave., or online for $29 at Ticketmaster.ca, went on sale Wednesday, Nov. 1.

For more information, visit http://riverdaleshare.com