The Concert

Funding for the SHINE Music Bursary is raised through individual donations and through our annual SHINE! Concert gala event. Our next live(!) concert will take place on the evening of Sunday March 5th 2023, with details to be announced soon.

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 Canadian talent, for whom we owe a debt of gratitude for their support!

SHINE 2022 marked our thirteenth concert and, despite being held virtually due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, it was yet another banner year!  Our stellar line-up of performers included Michelle RumballTyler Ellis & Claire HunterRaha Javanfar & Fraser Melvinand Donné RobertsWe also featured a performance from one of our 2022 Shine Music Bursary Winners Chelsea Nolan (aka Equal)!

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!

Raha Javanfar is a multi-faceted artist, lighting/projections designer, theatre performer, and educator. She is also a classically trained violinist with a passion for roots music. Raha plays fiddle in the Western swing band, The Double Cuts, and has played alongside Stars, Tom Wilson, and Daniel Romano, among others. Raha is also the front-woman and bassist for Maple Blues Award nominee Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes.  Raha performed with Fraser Melvin, who is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger, composer, and bandleader. He plays guitar, lap steel, mandolin, ukulele, bass, keys, and trombone. Fraser has been performing all over Southern Ontario since 2006 with The Fraser Melvin Band, as well as many other bands including Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes.  Fraser has also performed with Sam Polley And The Old Tomorrows, and has opened for Johnny Winter, Jim Cuddy, and Chilliwack.

Tyler Ellis is a critically acclaimed, award-winning singer/songwriter who crafts wry, thoughtful songs about the human condition and love and life in The Great White North. When he’s not busy with that, he’s an award-winning music teacher who conducts a 75+ member junior elementary choir. In addition to releasing several albums of his own songs, Tyler has written ditties for CBC Kids, co-written songs with the Julian Taylor Band, and spoken about music education on CBC Ideas. Tyler performs solo and with his band, The Eddy Line, and hosts the long-running Riverboat Monday’s Open Stage at Dora Keogh’s.  For SHINE, Tyler teaming up with Claire Hunter,  a Toronto-based singer/songwriter who has become a fixture in the Toronto indie music scene. Originally from Almonte, ON, Claire combines the simplicity of country music with imaginative jazz vocal styling. Claire has toured across Canada, most notably performing in the Small Halls Festival, opening for Great Lake Swimmers

Guitarist Donné Roberts hails from Madagascar and spent many years working and living in Russia and France before making Toronto his home. Along the way, he absorbed many different styles into his musical vocabulary, forming a duo with fellow guitarist Madagascar Slim, joining Canadian supergroup African Guitar Summit, and founding a band under his own name.  Donné’s musical passion and skills have garnered him two Juno Awards and three Juno Nominations.

Funds raised via this year’s concert are used to support next year’s crop of SHINE Music Bursary recipients.  Contributions can be made anytime simply by clicking here or on the “Donate Now” button.