The Concert

Funding for the SHINE Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE! Concert event.  Due to the Omicron wave, 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 6th, 2022. Understanding that many music fans are getting weary of the virtual experience, we have planned a relatively short, simple, and very heartfelt show for you this year.

So, donate what you can for a ticket to the show, maybe order in a delicious meal from your favourite local restaurant, and let’s all get together once again for another wonderful event in support of our aspiring next generation musicians!

Since our inaugural concert way back in 2010, many noteworthy performers have come together to support this great cause. SHINE 2022 marks our thirteenth concert and it promises to be yet another banner year!  We’re thrilled to announce that our stellar line-up of performers will include Michelle RumballTyler Ellis & Claire Hunter, Raha Javanfar & Fraser Melvin, and Donné Roberts. We’ll also be featuring a performance from 2022 Shine Music Bursary Winner 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 will be performing with Fraser Melvin is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger, composer, and bandleader. He plays guitar, lap steel, mandolin, ukulele, bass, keys, 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.  Tyler will be 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 virtual concert will be 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.