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 2019 (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. SHINE 2019 marks our tenth anniversary and it promises to be yet another banner year!  We’re thrilled to announce that our stellar line-up of performers will include October Browne, Taxi Chain, and The Rizdales, plus appearances from our 2019 Shine Music Bursary Winners!

October Browne

Raised by Irish parents in London, England, October Browne started busking at age 13 in the subways of London.  The folk music she heard from other buskers was to influence her music for decades to come. She has become known for her intimate, heartfelt guitar instrumentals, emotive singing, and is one of only a small handful of women who play fingerstyle guitar professionally.

October has recorded four CD’s on which she plays guitar, mandolin, cittern, bodhran and fiddle. Her composition “Waterford Girls” was chosen as the first track on the Borealis Records release “Six Strings North of the Border” in 2006. October can also be heard on compilations alongside artists such as George Michael and Bruce Cockburn.

She has played around the world in various musical capacities ranging from musical director and band member to accompanist and soloist. October was a founding member of “Morgaine Le Fay” alongside Jamie Snider, Pat O’Gorman and Andy Stochansky, with whom she toured North America for seven years and released two albums.

October has also performed and toured with artists such as Oliver Schroer, Owen Pallett, Loretto Reid, Kirk Elliott, Cindy Thompson, Anne Lederman, Brenna MacCrimmon and Laurel MacDonald, to name a few. Recently October has been touring North America as a solo artist as well as in a duo with P.E.I. jazz singer Teresa Doyle, and with Celtic band ‘Nollaig”.  Two of October’s personal highlights have been opening for her guitar hero John Renbourn and for her favourite band Fairport Convention.

“songs of tenderness and strength wrapped up in stirring musical arrangements that reflect everything good in contemporary folk-pop…head and shoulders above the pack.” Joe Reilly, Ottawa Express


Taxi Chain

Taxi Chain is a musical adventure, an incredibly original musical combo founded in 1993 by Grier Coppins. Prior to Taxi Chain, Coppins was an original member of the renegade Canadian bagpipe-world-jazz-funk fusion band Rare Air in the 1980’s, critically recognized as musical pioneers of their time. Coppins who grew up in a traditional Highland Bagpipe musical environment has always been fiercely original. “I like to think of Taxi Chain as the horse and buggy of modern music.” – Grier Coppins

Taxi Chain’s music has been described as “a delicious smorgasbord of R&B, soul and pop with a large side dish of bagpipes to spice up the unit.” – ID Magazine

That’s just one view, here’s another: “Taxi Chain sounds like what would happen if you took Tom Waits on a two-day bender and then got him a gig at a country bar, fronting a rock band, while playing the bagpipes. A wry look at life that turns the blues around like a three Martini lunch.” – C’est What? website

Local fixtures on the Toronto live music scene, Taxi Chain’s music is instantly recognizable, but not as easily described. A lush bouquet of bluesy jigs and reels with strong overtones of old school funk, R&B, rock & roll, country, folk, and world music. Led by Grier Coppins on vocals, tenor guitar and bagpipes with serious heapings of soulful saxophone, dexterous and rootsy electric guitar, sing along choruses, big bottom bass and maximum swing drums, the live show is versatile, daring and fun.

A total of five players make up the band, with a whole lot more instruments. Besides delivering his trademark scruffy vocals, Coppins plays bagpipes, tenor guitar and tin whistle. Other instruments in the quintet include saxophones, flutes & blues harp (Jim Bish), guitar, mandolin and backing vocals (Ayron Mortley), bass (Joe Burns) and drums (Josh Hicks). Put this all together and you have one distinct musical groove.

The Rizdales

“In case you didn’t get the memo, they’re the best country band in North America” said Eye magazine about the Rizdales.  Lead by husband and wife song-writing team Tom and Tara Dunphy, the Rizdales are a hardcore honkytonk band from London, Ontario.  Their sound, however, comes from deep in the heart of the American south. 

Heavily influenced by classic country greats like Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, The Rizdales sing about love, loss and reality without ever taking themselves too seriously.  They have released 5 critically acclaimed albums and were handpicked by the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, to be her Canadian backing band. They have played festivals, hole in the wall bars and concert halls from Ottawa to Austin.  They’ve performed alongside such greats as Dale Watson, The Derailers, The Mavericks, and The Good Brothers, earmarking their place in Canadian roots music history.  The Rizdales’ most recent release, “Lucky Enough” was released in September, 2018!

“The Rizdales are what the Grand Ol’ Opry should be playing, and indeed, once did.”  – Exclaim Magazine, Toronto Ontario

“A cheatin’ country classic!” – Now Magazine, Toronto, Ontario

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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