In August 2013, the Toronto music community lost an immense talent. James Gray, a brilliant and gifted musician and a pillar of the Toronto music scene, died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 52. Gray was a long time member of country rock band Blue Rodeo and the son of Jerry Gray, a founding member of the legendary folk singing group The Travellers.
As a tribute, the family has hosted an annual benefit concert raising funds for SHINE! Each year, the funds raised at the concert help the community in the form of bursaries intended to support youth living in the GTA who face financial barriers impeding their study or practice of traditional or folk music.
The James Gray Benefit Concert has been held annually for 4 years raising funds for SHINE! An incredible line up of performers are lined up this year and the event is expected to be another night to remember.
Performers include a reunited local legends Vital Sines, featuring Glenn Milchem from Blue Rodeo, Heather Morgan www.heathermorgan.ca/, Brainfudge www.chrisbottomley.com/, Chris Staig www.chrisstaig.com/, Jerry Gray of The Travellers www.canada150.org/3086703/data, Nichol Robertson www. http://nicholrobertson.com, Southern Sky southernskycanada.com/, Hidden Stash www.hiddenstashband.com …and more
Roots rock band Hidden Stash will be kicking off the evening with their CD Release Party for their debut Mixed Cassette Tape.
Hidden Stash is a new 6-piece roots rock band led by emerging songwriter Michael Gray offering up rock, pop, blues, soul, C&W and folk with a retro twist. Their debut album “Mixed Cassette Tape” is a 70’s inspired rock album that takes listeners back in time when people used to listen to albums from start to finish.
“Mixed Cassette Tape” is expertly co-produced and arranged by Derek Downham, and features Divine Brown, Damhnait Doyle, Shelley Coopersmith, Denis Keldie, Jim Bish, Russ Boswell and a sizzling duet with rising roots n’ roll singer Samantha Martin.
The Hidden Stash band features: Andy Bianchi (drums), Jason Farrar (bass), Lawrie Ingles (keyboards), Richard Kahl (guitar), and Paul Morgan (guitar).
Event Details: Doors Open: 6:30PM, Hidden Stash 7:30PM, Benefit Concert 9PM
At Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas West, Toronto, Ontario M6K1T9
Admission: $15 http://www.lula.ca/events/2016/sep/jamesgray.html
All ticket proceeds go to SHINE! For more information about SHINE and what they do, please visit shineconcert.ca shineconcert.ca/james-gray/
Diane Foy, PR Director