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 2018 was yet another banner year, as once again we had a stellar line-up of performers, including Tim Bovaconti & Patrick AllcockThe Layrite Boys,and Juno Award-Winner Quique Escamilla, plus appearances from our 2018 Shine Music Bursary Winners!

Tim Bovaconti & Patrick Allcock opened the show for us with a fantastic first set. 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 was joined on guitar and vocals by his long-time 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.

After their set, Tim and Pat then lent their musical support to one of our 2018 Bursary Recipients, Estelle Dipoko, who sang “Dreams”, a beautiful song of her own creation.  Estelle was followed by another 2018 Recipient, Hillary Olojo-Kosoko who performed a rendition of “Tigers and Bears” accompanied by Heather Russell (2017 Recipient) on keys.

Next to the stage were the bluegrass duo The Layrite Boys.  Their new-old stock country sounds 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. 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.

We then presented our Bursary awards to our six 2018 Recipients, continuing our tradition of awarding the funds raised at last year’s Shine Concert to this year’s very deserving recipients. Two of our recipients, Teniola Abimbola and Anesu Mazambani then stayed on stage to perform their cover of a Bill Withers tune, accompanied by Rizaldo Padilla. Charlotte Fabro was next to the stage with a soulful solo rendition of a Jimmy Hendrix song.

For our closing set, we were thrilled to have Quique Escamilla. Quique is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer living in Toronto. Originally from Chiapas, Mexico, 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.  During his set, Quique welcomed to the stage another of our 2018 Recipients, Xavier Douce, for a cameo performance on lead guitar.

Congratulations to all six of this year’s very deserving 2018 Bursary Recipients:  Xavier Douce, Teniola Abimbola, Anesu Mazambani, Estelle Dipoko, Charlotte Fabro and Hillary Olojo-Kosoko!  As has become our tradition, the awards were presented by Marie MacCormack (founder of the Shine Music Bursary) and by Michael Gray (on behalf of the friends & family of James Gray), and by Andrew Queen (on behalf of the friends & family of Doug Queen). Bursaries were awarded to help celebrate the memory of Jim Fay, of James Gray and of Doug Queen.

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

  • We deeply appreciate the time and effort that each of our musical guests gave to the event. Tim, Pat, Graham, Nichol, Quique and everyone! You and your bands really delivered, thank you so much for being a part of it!
  • We couldn’t have done it without the generous help of The Unicorn Project, which is an amazing new initiative in support of musicians and charities – check ‘em out!
  • The Lula Lounge staff couldn’t have been friendlier, the sound & stage were great, and the food was delicious, as usual!
  • A big thank you to each and every one of our donors (see Sponsors tab), who brought many good things to our Raffle and Silent Auction offerings.
  • To everyone who volunteered, both at the show and throughout the year on the Bursary – job well done!
  • To everyone who came out to enjoy the show and to support this great cause, thank you for coming, and we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s event!

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.