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 3rd, 2024 (doors at 6PM, show starts at 7PM, tickets $30ea). 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 2023 concert was no exception, and it was especially thrilling to return to the live stage after two years of virtual pandemic events!  We are so grateful to have had the musical support of Michael Boguski, Derek Downham (with guests Julian Taylor and Jeri GoGo), and Samantha Martin!  And it was a great thrill to present each of our 2023 bursary winners with their well-earned awards – congratulations Ashvin, Julianna, Mya and Rebeca!

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

  • To you! Thank you for coming out to enjoy the show and supporting this great cause, and we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s event!
  • To all our donors – thank you for making our Raffle and our Silent Auction so successful!
  • To Lula Lounge! Your staff couldn’t have been friendlier, the sound & stage were great, and the food was delicious, as usual!
  • To everyone who volunteered, both at the show and throughout the year on the Bursary – job well done!

Thank you also to the families and friends of Jim Fay, James Gray, Doug Queen and Bruce Adamson, who were on hand to help present bursaries named for each of these four wonderful Toronto musicians whom we lost much too soon.  Our 2024 event will mark the first annual Gord Goodwin Music Bursary, celebrating the memory of this west-end guitarist and consummate musician who touched so many lives.

Funds raised at this year’s 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 any time simply by clicking here or on the “Donate Now” button.