Bruce Adamson

SHINE welcomes the friends and family of Bruce Adamson into our fold.  Bruce was lead guitarist for Toronto band Staggered Crossing in the 1990s, and anchor member of The Crown Jewels.  A graduate of York University, Bruce also earned a law degree at the Queen’s Faculty of Law, took an interest in music publishing and studied at the Musicians Institute of Hollywood, California. 

Friends and former Staggered Crossing bandmates, Julian Taylor and Jeremy Elliott, remember him with great fondness. “Bruce was a brilliant guitar player. He was one the best in the world and certainly one of the best I’ve ever played with” says Julian.  Jeremy adds, “No matter what, we knew we had the best guitarist in the room every night we played.” 

Bruce remained an influential contributor to the Toronto music community until his untimely death in December 2015, leaving behind his former spouse and two young children. His hot guitar licks, good humour and intelligence will be missed by all who knew him. 

SHINE is pleased to offer a Bruce Adamson Bursary to help honour Bruce’s legacy and to help keep alive his memory and music.