Jim Fay Music Bursaries Awarded


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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.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange an interview, please call Kari Klassen, Communications Manager at (416) 977-4497 x 138.