Riverdale Share’s stellar lineup a steal at $20 | TorontoMoon.ca 161204Su | Shows for Sun. Dec. 04, 2016

Scene from previous Riverdale Share concert -COURTESY

Scene from previous Riverdale Share concert -COURTESY


There are lots of benefits and fundraisers happening this time of year, including a few listed today, but some such events stand out from the crowd either due to the cause they’re supporting or the sheer talent of the lineup offered.

This afternoon’s 24th annual Riverdale Share concert, a grassroots initiative totally run by volunteers and which raises dough to buy truckloads of food for distribution to local families in crisis in the Broadview Avenue-based area of east TO, scores high on both counts.

24th annual Riverdale Shares concert poster

24th annual Riverdale Shares concert poster

This 3 p.m. show at Danforth Music Hall, with a ticket price of just $20 (and some tickets being offered by at least one reputable online source for less than $12 the morning of the show!) plus a non-perishable food item, is probably the best bang for your buck that you will get for a long time to come.

It offers an eclectic lineup that includes established headliner draws like Danny Marks and Tabatha Johnson, icons-in-the making like Julian Taylor and the Dala Folk duo along with veteran performers with enduring appeal like Washboard Hank, Sharon of Sharon Lois & Bram and Mike Ford & Murray Foster of Great Big Sea and Moxy Fruvous.

Plus the roster includes nearly a dozen other lesser known but highly entertaining performers of a wide variety of genres, including some local community troupes, some of whom will no doubt steal the show in the hearts of at least some attendees. [See listings below under Toronto East section for full lineup.]

Tom Leighton -PROMO SHOT

Tom Leighton -PROMO SHOT

Then there’s the Riverdale Share Band ensemble of seasoned pros that will be backing many of the featured guest performers —it alone is worth the price of admission and is a true collection of all-star players.  Fiddler/arranger Tom Leighton is on piano and I suspect he’s been involved from the beginning, going back to his days of regularly appearing with Mark Haines and other acts next door at Allen’s.  Guitarist/musical director Steve Briggs is also at the show’s heart, but it also includes guitar luminaries such as Wendell Ferguson, Mike Tanner (who also emcees) and Danny Greenspoon.  There’s also a trumpet, sax, trombone, three violinists including Shelley Coopersmith, a second pianist and veteran rhythm section in bassist Russ Boswell and Kevin Turcotte on the kit.

Many of the acts are staged by local community groups that teach dance, theatrical presentations and so forth, so the playbill has a truly eclectic flavour.  With a crew like this the entertainment is going to be stellar and you can bet with the vibe in the vintage venue at 147 Danforth Ave. a bit east of Broadview will be just as warmly memorable and nourishing.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, December 04, 2021

161110-support-the-moonListings are organized by area in which shows take place and listed chronologically within each area field.

Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.

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*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ www.sundaymorningsoul.com ~Blues


11am-2pm> Eli Pasic @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., TO ~piano Jazz; $

11am-2pm> The Horables for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St., TO ~retro Rock/Soul

noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz

3> Clela Errington; Kirsten Jones; Jocelyn Barth; Kevin Neal @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E., TO ~Roots/Country songwriters; $

3:15-5:15> “Bach & Forth” by Stephen Prutsman @ Walter Hall UofT campus, 80 Queens Park Circle, TO ~Classical piano revue; $

3:30-6:30> Club Django @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*4-7> Michael Brennan @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. TO ~East Coast Rock/Blues Roots

*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO ~New Orleans Jazz

4:30-7:30> Alison Young Group @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St., TO ~Jazz

5> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Jazz

6-7:30> Lana Carillo & Sarite Harris @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

*6-9> open mic with Eddy Culjak @ Fox & Fiddle Wellesley, 27 Wellesley St., TO

6> The Conductors @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St., TO

7-9:30> James Brown Guitar Trio @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B

7:30> The O’Pears; The Barrel Boys @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~Pop

7:30> Harrington @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

8> Benefit for Barbara Schlifer Commerative Clinic Women’s Crisis Centre with Jadea Kelly; Raven Shields; Kirsty @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., TO; $

8> Lindsay Foote; Claire Hunter @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO ~

*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W., TO

*8> open mic with Kyle @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St., TO

*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$

8> The Double Cuts @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W., TO

8:30-10> Brittany Kay & Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St., TO ~Jazz; $10/pwyc

9> tba @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. TO

9:30> Ilios Steyanis Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock

10> The Woodchoppers Association @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO ~improvisational Roots-Jazz

10> New Grease Revival @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO ~Country

**10> Blues jam @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO


11am-2pm> Pat Maloney for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. TO East ~Jazz; 0$

*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave., TO East

3> 24th Annual Riverdale Share Concert benefit for Riverdale area families in crisis with host Mike Tanner and performances by Julian Taylor; Danny Marks; Dala; Tabatha Johnson; Mike Ford & Murray Foster (Moxy Fruvous/Great Big Sea); Washboard Hank; Jen Schaffer & The Shiners; Fade Awaays; Frankland Choir; Dorjee Tsering; Wendell Ferguson; Artists Play School of Dance; Danny Bakan; Sharon & Family (of Sharon, Lois & Bram); Kitchen Music Studio Players; Matt Bernard; Jeremy Lapalme; Spraoi & The Riverdale Share Band featuring Tom Leighton, Steve Briggs, Russ Boswell, Danny Greenspoon, Kevin Turcotte, Scott Marshall, Gord Meyers, Jonathan Marks, Shelley Coopersmithe, Aaron Dell, Patrick Hornsby & Bruce Moffett @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., TO East ~eclectic; $20 + non-perishable food donation

4> iSpy @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

*4:30-8:30> jam with William A. Miller’s Black Bear Jam Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive, TO East

7-11> Jerome Tucker Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave, TO East ~R&B/Blues

*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., TO East

9> Watch This Sound @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~vintage Jamaican music


southside-161129*10am-2> tba for Bluegrass Brunch @ New Town Billiards, 2878 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~Bluegrass

2> James Clark; Craig Robertson; The Clarkson Brothers @ Village Vinyl Music Emporium & Café, 2925 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~songwriters

4-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Dwayne Laforme & Michael Fonfara @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd., Etobicoke South ~Blues/R&B

5-9> Lost Patients @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line, Etobicoke ~Pop Rock

*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke South


5-9:30> Fundraiser for Oochigeas for kids with cancer featuring Frank Cosentino Band with guests Jack de Keyzer, Kimberley Wetmore; more @ Queen Victoria Pub, 2250 Midland Ave., Scarborough ~cover Blues; $40 includes dinner & dessert

*7-11> open jam with host Billy Zee @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough

8-12> acoustic jam with hosts Tommy Rocker & John Robbie @ Al Mac’s, 2459 Kingston Rd., Scarborough


**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W., TO West

*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Blues

* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass

1> Rosie & The Riveters @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~Folk-Pop quartet; $22.50

3> Christmas Carols singalong to benefit Sunnybrook Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., TO West

*4-8> Blues/Rock jam with Cody @ The Cat, 3513 Dundas St. W., TO West

4> Taxi Chain @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W., TO West ~original Celtic/Rock fusion

**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. TO West ~Country

5-8> Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~old-time Country Roots dobro-clawhammer duo

5-8> Trevor Cape & The Field + guests @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~originals & Grateful Dead tunes

*5:30-9:30> Jay Douglas & Chris Butcher @ The Emerson, 1279 Bloor St. W., TO West ~Reggae; 0$

6> Alex Lakusta, Josh Smiley, Marie Goudy Trio @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

6-8:30> Jenny Ritter @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie Folk; $10

8> Lone; Bruce Trail; Eytan Tobin; Kare @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St., TO West ~indie

8:30> Kevin Fox; Sheila Carabine opens @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~songwriter; $25

8:30> Too Much Guitar @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz quartet; pwyc

9> Kevin Breit’s Mando Combo @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~original instrumental Jazz/Rock/Country fusion; $20

9-1> The Ault Sisters @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9> Amelie et les Singes Bleus @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~French Pop

9> Laura Mac & Strikeback; Family Secrets @ Holy Oak Café, 1241 Bloor St. W., TO West ~indie; pwyc

*10> Hot Breath @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W., TO West

*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., TO West ~retro Rock/Soul; $10


2> Twin City Harmonizers @ St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 810 King St. E., Cambridge ~two-donen + Barbershop singers ensemble

*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge

4-7> Mike’s Monster Jam with guest Darruyl Romphf @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener ~0$

7:30> Diemonds; Pigeon Park @ Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~indie; $10

8:30> New Fries; Fountain; Bolete @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~indie; $8

*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street East, Milton

*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph


2-5> Pat Maloney @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood

3> Bluegrass Menagerie feat. Mathew Fines @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

6:30-9:30> Joe Huron Trio with guest tba @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~Jazz

905 EAST

*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock

*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering

6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax

*7> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues

*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W. Whitby

*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock


**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz

*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots

*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville

*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam with guest Mark Crissinger @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway South, Keswick

*4-8> open mic with backline & keys @ Yogi’s Bar, 1285 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill

*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton

*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues

*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing North Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket


2-6> Bay City Blues Band & featuring Brant Parker @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $7

2-6> Maureen Brown Band @ Olee’s, 338 Merritt St., St. Catharines ~cover & original Blues

*3> Brother Tom hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton

6:30> Sonny Del-Rio presents 16th Annual Hamilton Hometown Christmas with many local talents @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~seasonal songs; $20

7> Crybaby Reunion 20th anniversary show with guest Matty Simpson @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~alt-Country; $10

905 WEST

**2-6> Country matinee with host Colin Connors and guest Mark LaForme @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country

*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock

*4-7> Glenn Groves @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country

*4:30-8> Chuck Jackson’s All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues

**5:30-8:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock

**7-11> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock

*7:30-11:30> open jam hosted by Troy Harmer & The Persuaders @ The Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

8> Folk Music Night open stage with Tom Miller @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~admission by donation of food item for food bank

*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington

*9-1> Nolan Hubbard @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~$

*10:30> Adam Cooke & The Adams Family @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington

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