The Concert

Funding for the SHINE Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE Concert event. The next concert will take place on Sunday March 7th 2021 (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 way back in 2010, many noteworthy performers have come together to support this great cause, and every year has been a wonderful combination of amazing musical performances, great camaraderie, and community solidarity supporting a great cause. Our SHINE 2020 concert was no exception and success on all fronts!

Shane Pendergast opened the show and set a perfect tone for the evening with a stirring set of folk songs of his own creation, having launched his debut CD, called Place to the Name, less than 24 hours earlier!  Hailing from Tracadie Cross, PEI, Shane’s connection to folk music spans four generations. Shane himself was born into the ceilidhs – literally: when his mother went into labour, his dad was in the middle of a show and had to leave early!

Shane works hard to keep the Maritime folk music tradition alive, performing in Toronto and at ceilidhs and concert halls across Prince Edward Island. When he’s not doing that, he fills his spare time by writing folk tunes about the Maritimes: historical songs, made-up tales, and tunes inspired by his own experience.  Rumour has it he has half of his next CD’s worth of songs already written!

Lori Yates & Hey Stella then followed with a fantastic set of music that really roused the crowd and wowed the fans, as one would expect from Canada’s premiere alt-country veteran! Long recognized by her peers as one of Canada’s top talents, Lori pioneered the genre! Lori has been nominated for a Juno award, a Canadian Country Music Award, and a Polaris Prize award.  She’s a dynamic performer with a golden voice that’s part honey, part growl, and her lyrics are gritty, tender, and poignant. Lori definitely did not disappoint, and neither did her band mates, David Baxter, Bazil Donovan and Michelle Josef, each of whom is a musical heavy hitter in their own right!   Thank you, Lori, David, Bazil and Michelle!!

After Lori’s set, we introduced the 2020 crop of ten well-deserving Shine Music Bursary recipients, As has become our tradition, the awards were presented by Marie MacCormack (in memory of Jim Fay) and by Rob Gray (on behalf of the friends & family of James Gray), and by Peter Queen (on behalf of the friends & family of Doug Queen). Bursaries were awarded to help celebrate the memory of Jim Fay, of James Gray and of Doug Queen. 

We were also honoured to announce that we are introducing a bursary in memory of Bruce Adamson, husband, father, brilliant guitarist and influential contributor to the Toronto music community until his untimely death in 2015.  

Seven of this year’s bursary recipients performed over the course of the evening:  Brittany Iwanciwski wowed the fans with her fiddling and step-dancing, Vicky “Earlybird” Wang and Sawyer Lance each played guitar and sang one of their own beautiful songs, Marichka Motsyk delivered a classic Ukrainian folk song, Teniola Abimbola pulled off a stellar solo on African Talking Drum, Jesse Reynolds played lead guitar and sang one of his own songs backed by the Lucas Stagg Trio, and Yasmine Shelton was phenomenal singing her song “Phenomenal” accompanied by her Basset bandmate Sam Clark.  Each one of the recipients’ performances were impressive and inspiring for their talent and their passion.  Congratulations to each of you!

The Lucas Stagg Trio then rounded out the night with a full-on, get-up-and-dance energy that kept people going until the lights finally came on!  The other two thirds of the Trio are Tristan Schultz on bass and Cleave Anderson (ex Blue Rodeo) on drums. Lucas also called upon his quasi-namesake, Chris Staig, to join them on stage for a few songs, as well as our very own Michelle Rumball!  Originally from Kitchener, Lucas has found his home in The Junction and says that Toronto “has become my muse, so if I have to describe my sound as anything, it’s really Toronto music.” Clearly his brand of music resonated with our Toronto crowd at Shine!  There simply couldn’t have been a better way to conclude the night’s festivities than by dancing to the Lucas Stagg Trio’s amazing sound!  Thank you, Lucas, Tristan, Cleave (and Chris and Michelle). We’re thrilled that you were such a huge part of SHINE this year!

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 deeply appreciate the time and effort that each of our musical guests gave to the event. Shane, Lori, Lucas 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!
  • A big thank you to each and every one of our donors 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 next year’s event!

Funds raised at this concert will be used to support next year’s crop of bursary recipients.  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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