Massey Hall is thrilled to announce, on behalf of Hayden Desser and Christie Greyerbiehl, the addition of multiple JUNO Award-winning, Platinum-certified singer Serena Ryder to the lineup for the 2nd Annual Dream Serenade at Massey Hall on Saturday, October 17, 2015

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A benefit concert supporting services for children with developmental disabilities


Serena Ryder
Added to Lineup

Also featuring performances from:

Bahamas · Joel Plaskett · Hayden ·
(Chris Murphy, Mike O’Neill, Matt Murphy) · Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle · The Weather Station · Choir! Choir! Choir!


Massey Hall (178 Victoria St / Toronto)

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8PM

Tickets from $35 – On Sale Now

For tickets call 416 872 4255, buy online

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office (60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON)


Wednesday, October 7, 2015 // Toronto, ON – Massey Hall is thrilled to announce, on behalf of Hayden Desser and Christie Greyerbiehl, the addition of multiple JUNO Award-winning, Platinum-certified singer Serena Ryder to the lineup for the 2nd Annual Dream Serenade at Massey Hall on Saturday, October 17, 2015.


Dream Serenade, a benefit concert supporting services for children with developmental disabilities, is curated by Toronto songwriter Hayden Desser (who will also be performing) and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl. This year’s lineup will also include sets by Bahamas, Joel Plaskett, Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle, TUNS (Chris Murphy, Mike O’Neill, Matt Murphy), The Weather Station and Choir! Choir! Choir!


Last year’s inaugural event raised over $100,000 through ticket sales, silent auction earnings and donations with all of the proceeds directed to the Beverley Junior Public School’s new, green, interactive and accessible playground which will break ground this spring. In addition, a Family Relief Fund for respite support for parents and caregivers was created and is now available year-round. Proceeds from this year’s very special evening of music and celebration will again be directed to Toronto area schools and classrooms that support children with special needs, as well as to the Family Relief Fund. In an effort to grow the community reach this year, classrooms or schools with Developmental Disabilities and Physical Disabilities Programs across the TDSB are invited to submit a creative proposal for consideration and are encouraged to inquire through their administration offices for details.


“Last year’s Dream Serenade was such a remarkable event,” says Christie Greyerbiehl. “It brought together the parents, families & caregivers of children with physical and/or developmental disabilities, their teachers and school staff and the broader community in celebration and awareness.” With voices and sounds, we shook the walls of the legendary Massey Hall, commented Hayden. “No one left the building unmoved by the talent on stage, the images on screen, the generosity, and the spirit of the occasion.”


Watch a special pre-Dream Serenade concert at The Beverly School from 2014, and check out photos from last year’s event at Massey Hall.





Serena Ryder continues to break new ground on all musical fronts with her latest release, Harmony—which features the trailblazing, infectious lead single, “Stompa”—achieving Gold status in just a few short months and, soon after, sky-rocketing to her first Platinum certification.


The two time JUNO Award winner, including 2015 Songwriter of the Year, has collaborated with a range of artists, including Feist, kd lang, Jason Collett, Jack Johnson, The Weather Station and Zeus and is currently one of Canada’s most in-demand performers.



With four of Joel Plaskett’s albums recognized by the Polaris Music Prize and CBC Radio 3’s listener-voted Bucky Award for Lifetime Achievement, he clearly balances critical respect with audience appreciation. His debut at Massey Hall in 2009 was called “one of the year’s best” by NOW Magazine.



Hayden has toured around the world, released eight critically acclaimed records—including the JUNO-nominated Us Alone—and garnered a loyal following. This past February Hayden took the Massey Hall stage and captivated the audience with his Live at Massey Hall performance.



A current member of Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn has been a part of several other noteworthy bands including The Rheostatics, and has written and performed original material for his own solo projects, on top of being the music director for the late Lou Reed’s touring band. Kevin and his family are also members of the Beverley Street School community.



TUNS is a new group comprised of three Canadian Music icons: Chris Murphy (Sloan) Mike O’Neill (The Inbreds) and Matt Murphy (The Super Friendz). Their new record will be out early next year and Dream Serenade will be the band’s live debut.



The Weather Station is Tamara Lindeman, whose intimate, elegant, understated yet intense folk music has won over critics and crowds: Hearing her 2015 album Loyalty, Pitchfork called her voice “unmistakable” and Rolling Stone used the words “rare beauty” to describe the music.


Choir! Choir! Choir! began in 2011 as a drop-in event and has grown exponentially since, reinventing popular music in an a capella celebration of song. The group has backed up Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, Damien Rice and more; opened for Jay Leno at Massey Hall, performed at TIFF’s closing gala, the Polaris Music Prize Gala and JUNO Awards. They join Dream Serenade this year prepared with a uniquely interactive performance for the audience.


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