The SHINE Concert raises funds for the SHINE Youth Music Bursaries in memory of Jim Fay, James Gray and Doug Queen - Toronto musicians who inspired others to music and who died too young. Bursaries are awarded to young people (16-24) who want to pursue their practice or study of folk or traditional music but who face financial barriers. Awards are presented at the SHINE Concert. Each year we give out the money we raised at last year’s concert. We award the money to young people who face significant financial barriers to their study and practice of folk music.
When Jim Fay died in 2008, just days shy of his 45th birthday, his family and friends chose to celebrate his life and music not with a plaque or a tree but with an annual concert and a bursary in his name... A few years later James Gray (formerly of Blue Rodeo) died and his family and friends decided to honor his memory in the same fashion, and we became the SHINE Music Bursary. Most recently, teacher/musician Doug Queen, formerly of the band Jughead, died suddenly and tragically. So this year we will award bursaries in Jim’s, James’ and Doug’s names, while honoring these three 3 great musicians whom we lost far too soon. The loss of a husband, brother, friend, son, is no less painful but SHINE allows us to come together and remember them. And in remembering we keep alive their gifts and the power of music to heal and inspire. This year will bring us to 50 bursaries awarded totaling over $50,000 since we began back in 2010.