The Concert

Funding for the SHINE Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE! Concert event.  Due to Covid-19, we won’t be hosting our gala at our beloved Lula Lounge this year. Instead, our SHINE Concert will be streamed virtually starting at 7:30PM on Sunday March 7th, 2021. So, get yourself some tickets to the show, maybe treat yourself to a delicious meal ordered in from your favourite local restaurant, and let’s all get together for another wonderful evening of music in support of young musicians!

Since our inaugural concert way back in 2010, many noteworthy performers have come together to support this great cause. SHINE 2021 marks our twelfth concert and it promises to be yet another banner year!  We’re thrilled to announce that our stellar line-up of performers will include Charmie Deller, Michelle RumballEmily Burgess, Julian Taylor, and G.R.Gritt. We’ll also be featuring performances from 2021 Shine Music Bursary Winners Alexa Michaels, Dario Ekokobe, Jess Wedden, Katherine Fischer, and Whitney Otis!

Charmie Deller is a Toronto-based self-taught musician versed in piano, guitar, bass and drums. Her musical talent, humble demeanor and soulful voice have led Charmie to perform at venues, open mics, Pride and charity events across the city. Charmie was one of the finalists in CBC Toronto’s “Song in the 6ix”, and she has previously graced our own stage as a SHINE Music Bursary winner herself!

Toronto-based roots singer/songwriter Michelle Rumball first made her mark as co-founder of Juno-nominated folk-rockers Grievous Angels. Since those days, she has pursued a solo path and released three albums, 2001’s terrain, 2011’s Welcome To The Beauty Salon, and 2018’s Years Behind. Michelle makes songs, she chases songs by other writers, and she sings them all with joy and conviction and a smile in her voice!

After majoring in guitar at Humber College’s prestigious music program, Emily Burgess toured Canada and the U.S with the 24th Street Wailers, helping them to garner a JUNO nomination in 2015.  Emily has shared the stage and traded riffs with guitar greats Jimmie Vaughan, John Primer, Garrett Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Sue Foley, and Sam Weber, among others.  She now fronts her own band Emily Burgess & The Emburys.  Her debut solo album “Are we in Love?” was released in 2017 to great acclaim, and in 2019 Emily was recognized as Best New Artist by the Maple Blues Awards.

A musical chameleon, Julian Taylor does not fit into a box. His work has spanned rock, funk, pop, and soul, all written and performed with an equal level of conviction, quality, and integrity. Taylor first made his name as frontman of Staggered Crossing, and he has continued to record and perform as a solo artist and with the Julian Taylor Band. His songs have appeared in television series including Degrassi: The Next Generation, Elementary, and Haven, and he has been invited to perform at two Olympic Games. He has earned several awards already and is nominated for two more this year at Canadian Folk Music Awards for his latest album, The Ridge.

G.R. Gritt is a Juno Award winning, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Francophone, Anishinaabe/Métis artist. After living many years in Yellowknife, they have recently moved back to Sudbury/Robinson Huron Treaty territory where they grew up.  G.R. Gritt pulls effortlessly from the past to create soulful futurisms with their new sound that elegantly weaves the melodies using vocals, guitar and new electronic elements. They create both intimate and anthemic music that would fit in a folk club, a dance club and anywhere in between.  G.R. Gritt is currently preparing for the release of a new full-length album titled, Ancestors, in 2021 on Coax Records. The first single “Quiet Years” was released November 27, 2020.

Funds raised via this year’s virtual 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.