It makes sense for SKETCH, an arts organization for homeless youth, and the Jim Fay Music Bursary to team up.
Jim Fay was a traditional and roots musician who lived in Brockton Village. He died suddenly in October 2008. Fay was involved in Toronto’s music community, and he consistently encouraged others to foster their musical pursuits, so in honour of his memory his family and friends created the Jim Fay Music Bursary, which is handed out every year in December. To date they have awarded 12 bursaries.
The friends of Jim Fay transferred the Bursary to SKETCH at the beginning of the year.
“They looked around the content of SKETCH’s work and recognized it was well in line with what the bursary is doing or hopes to do,” explained Michael O’Connell, the Recording Studio Coordinator at SKETCH.
SKETCH is a community arts initiative engaging young people who live homeless or on the margins. The program engages and educates that population in the arts.
“SKETCH is a good administrator of the bursary because we deal largely with the same demographic that the bursary has been set up for,” O’Connell said.
The bursary aims to help youth who face systemic barriers in getting a job, sustainable housing or accessing a recording studio or computer to make recordings.
“Youth in Toronto that face many barriers in terms of socio-economic, racial and gender identity, sexual orientation or because they are new Canadians and are having a hard time adjusting in Toronto,” O’Connell said. “The bursary does its best to reach those people.”
The annual concert SHINE raises funds for the Jim Fay Music Bursary for Youth. This year’s line up includes The Beauties, Andrew Cash, Jimmy Bowskill, Michelle Rumball, Michael O’Grady, Chris Staig, Shelly Coopersmith and the 2012 Bursary Winners.
It takes place Sunday, March 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Purchase tickets for $25 or make a donation to the Jim Fay Music Bursary at http://shineconcert.ca