The Concert

Funding for the SHINE Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE! Concert event. The next concert will take place on Sunday February 25th 2018 (doors at 6PM, show starts at 7PM, tickets $25ea). Once again, it will be held at the Lula Lounge, located at 1585 Dundas St. W, Toronto.

Since our inaugural concert back in 2010, many noteworthy performers have come together to support this great cause. In fact, far too many to name, so here’s a sampling: Ron Hawkins, Lorraine Segato, Samantha Martin, The Beauties, Oh Susanna, Andy Maize, New Country Rehab, Jerome Godboo, Michelle Rumball, Russell deCarle, Andrew Cash, Chris Staig, Jimmy Bowskill, Corin Raymond and Michael O’Grady.  In short, a pantheon of Toronto-based world-class talent, for whom we owe a debt of gratitude for their support!

And SHINE 2017, held on March 5 th , proved to be yet another banner year, as our stellar line-up of performers, Mike Eckert,  Laura Cole, and Juno nominees The Devin Cuddy Band, all rocked the house with their brilliant performances!

Once again, we were thrilled to be able to present bursaries to our very talented and deserving recipients, of which there were ten (a new record!): Kimberley Charles, Charmie Deller, Molly Gladstone, Annabella Harrison-Smith, Nico Henderson, Heather Russell, Hayley Ryerson, Tanya Rozin, Rijkaard Scott, and Alissa Skorik. Congratulations to each and every one of you on your awards, and well done! We wish you every success in the pursuit of music in your lives. As has become our tradition, the individual bursaries were presented by Marie MacCormack (SHINE founder) along with Rob Gray and Trish Queen (on behalf of the friends and families of James Gray and Doug Queen).

As an added bonus, over the course of the evening we were treated to performances by Alissa, Charmie,
Molly, Kimberley, Rijkaard, Nico, Heather and Hailey, each of whom brought the audience to their feet.
Not only did they prove why they merited their awards, but their performances also showed us all just
what a worthwhile project this SHINE Music Bursary is – to be able to support these talented young
musicians is a true privilege!

Many thank you’s are owed for the success of the concert, and for the success of the SHINE! Music Bursary this past year. To name but a few:

  • We owe a debt of gratitude to the families and friends of James Gray and of Doug Queen for having become an integral part of this great cause.
  • We also deeply appreciate the time and effort that each of our musical guests gave to the event. Mike, Laura, Devin, and everyone – you and your bands really delivered, thank you so much for being a part of it!
  • The Lula Lounge staff couldn’t have been friendlier, the sound & stage were great, and the food was delicious, as usual!
  • We couldn’t have done it without the generous help of The Unicorn Project, which is an amazing new initiative in support of musicians and charities – check ‘em out!
  • A big thank you to all of our donors (see Sponsors tab), who brought many good things to our Raffle and Silent Auction offerings.
  • To everyone who volunteered, both at the show and throughout the year on the Bursary – job well done!
  • To everyone who came out to enjoy the show and to support this great cause, thank you for coming, and we look forward to seeing you all at the 2018 event!

Funds for the SHINE Music Bursary are also raised through donations. Contributions can be made anytime simply by clicking here or on the “Donate Now” button.

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