The Concert

Funding for the SHINE Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE Concert event. The next concert will take place on Sunday February 25th 2018 (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 2018 promises to be yet another banner year!  We’re thrilled to announce that our stellar line-up of performers will includeTim Bovaconti & Patrick AllcockThe Layrite Boys,and Juno Award-WinnerQuique Escamilla, plus appearances from our2018 Shine Music Bursary Winners!


Tim Bovaconti & Patrick Allcock

Bovaconti grew up on Toronto’s Ward Island, where he played his first gig at the age of 14. Since then, Tim has fronted several bands and developed a reputation as a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays electric, lap and pedal steel guitars, as well as bass and mandolin. He has performed, toured or recorded with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, Madison Violet, Jerry Lee Lewis, Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, to name just a few. He is also in demand as a producer, having worked with Jerry Leger & The Situation on their past three albums, as well as James McKie, among others.“Tim is a musician’s musician … his innovative solos breathed tremendous new life into many of my songs. Bovaconti is a true professional.” – Burton Cummings of The Guess Who.

Tim will be joined on guitar and vocals by his longtime friend and frequent musical co-conspirator Patrick Allcock. Patrick is a Montreal-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who taught himself the drums at the age of 8, guitar by the time he was 16, and later mastering piano and composing. Patrick has been in bands, both original and cover, since the late ’70s and has played with the likes of Glen Tillbrook (of Squeeze), Ron Sexsmith and Kim Stockwood, among others.

The Layrite Boys

The new-old stock country sounds of The Layrite Boys hearken back to the Golden Age of country and bluegrass, but with feet firmly planted in the modern age.  One microphone, one guitar, one mandolin, and two voices are all that the duo needs to deliver honest accounts of the past and present. From breakups to breakdowns, The Layrite Boys play them like you’ve never heard them.

When not travelling with the Sadies or opening for Fred Eaglesmith, The Layrite Boys perform regularly at the Dakota Tavern and the Cameron House, as well as the Horseshoe and venues across the GTA and beyond.

Quique Escamilla

Quique Escamilla is multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer living in Toronto. Born and raised in Chiapas, Mexico, since his arrival here in 2007 Quique has rapidly become a rising star on the Canadian music scene. He has performed at major folk, blues and jazz festivals across North America and internationally, including SummerFolk, Luminato, the National Arts Centre, Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, and the World Music Expo in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. He has shared stages with the likes of Jim Cuddy, Bonnie Raitt, Serena Ryder, Alex Cuba, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ron Sexsmith, Michael Franti, Danny Michel and many more.  Quique’s self-produced 2014 album 500 Years of Light earned him the 2015 Juno for World Music Album of the Year Award, as well as the Canadian Folk Music Award for World Solo Artist of the Year.

As part of the evening’s festivities, we will also be presenting bursary awards to this year’s crop of very deserving 2018 Bursary Recipients – aspiring young musicians from across the GTA!

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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