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BIG 3: HELP AT-RISK KIDS LEARN MUSIC

1) HELP AT-RISK KIDS LEARN MUSIC
Music has universal appeal – too bad not everyone can afford to play. The Shine! (Jim Fay) Bursary tackles that by helping marginalized kids to buy instruments and take lessons. The Shine! benefit at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas West, on Sunday (March 1), 7 pm, features a solid lineup: Big Tobacco and the Pickers, Andrew Cash, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar…

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Fay’s legacy still SHINES

Fundraiser Helps Needy Kids Study Music

TORONTO – Jim Fay made such a strong musical impression when he walked this earth that those closest to him established a bursary in his name when he passed suddenly at age 44. Fay, who played guitar, mandolin, mandola and harmonica, was a big fan and performer of Celtic, folk and acoustic music. 

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SNAP Bloor West – Jim Fay Recipients Shine Brightly

The Jim Fay Music Bursary is awarded annually to at-risk youths between the ages of 16 and 24 who are or were homeless, live in the GTA and want to further their study or practice of traditional, folk or roots music. The 2011 winners are Ashton, Morgan, Vitus and Shasha. On December 17th, Ashton and Morgan received their awards as part of Gate 403’s Saturday Sessions’ All Star Christmas Party. The awards, totalling $4,000, may be used to purchase a musical instrument or equipment, register in a music workshop, pay for tuition to a music course or program or pay for private lessons. All four deserving recipients will be offered a chance to perform at SHINE! at Hugh’s Room on Sunday, February 26th.

 

SNAP Bloor West – Jim Fay Recipients Shine Brightly.

InsideToronto Article: ‘At-risk’ youth win music bursaries

From Inside Toronto:

Christmas came early for four young music enthusiasts as they accepted $4,000 worth of bursaries, two of them at a special award’s ceremony Saturday, Dec. 17.

Ashton and Morgan each received $1,500 as part of the late musician Jim Fay Music Bursary, awarded annually to youth between the ages of 16 and 24, who are or were homeless or “at-risk” and live in the Greater Toronto Area and want to further their study or practice of traditional, folk or roots music.

InsideToronto Article: ‘At-risk’ youth win music bursaries.

Jim Fay Music Bursaries Awarded

 

For immediate release:

Jim Fay Music Bursaries Awarded

Jim Fay

Toronto, ON, December 14th, 2011— Family and friends of the late musician Jim Fay created a special award because sadly, those who need them most seldom access most bursaries and scholarships. The Jim Fay Music Bursary is awarded annually to youth (16-24), who are or were homeless or “at-risk”, who live in the GTA and who want to further their study or practice of traditional, folk or roots music.

A total of $4,000 will be awarded this year. The 2011 Jim Fay Music Bursary winners are Ashton, Morgan, Vitus and Shasha.

Two recipients, Ashton and Morgan will receive their award on Saturday, Dec. 17th, as a part of the Gate 403 Saturday Sessions’ All Star Christmas Party. All four recipients will be offered a chance to perform at the upcoming SHINE! Concert on Sunday, Feb. 26th, 2012, at Hugh’s Room. Funds raised at SHINE 2012 fund the next Jim Fay Music Bursary.

Bursary funding may be used to purchase a musical instrument/equipment, registration in a music workshop, tuition to a music course or program at College or University or private.

The All Star Christmas Party boasts some talented musicians. Backing up Bill Heffernan are Olish, Dave McManus, Gordie Goodwin, Michael O’Grady, Kenny Yoshioka, Michael McDonald, Michelle Rumball, Jonathan Lynn, Jon Brooks, Grier Coppins, Colleen Hodgson, October Browne, Richard Keelan, Glen Hornblast, Chris Staig and more. Last year’s Jim Fay Music Bursary winner Chelsee Livingstone will also make an appearance.

Gate 403 is located at 403 Roncesvalles Ave. and the show takes place between 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17th.

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