In the summer of 2007, the life of Tyler McGill came to a tragic end as a result of a senseless act of random violence. Tyler was an avid guitar player and lover of music. Since then a dedicated group of family and friends have hosted an annual fundraising event in Tyler McGill’s name to raise funds to support various community based music programs that assist at risk youth. In January of 2014 the idea to begin the Tyler McGill My First Guitar program was born. What begin as an idea has grown into the Tyler McGill My First Guitar Scholarship Program in partnership with YouthLink.
This year’s Tyler McGill Memorial Benefit Concert at Queen Victoria Pub in Scarborough has provided funding for the first ten (10) scholarships. Each Scholarship provides the deserving young person an acoustic guitar, guitar case, instruction book and 10 initial guitar lessons for get started. The Tyler McGill My First Guitar Scholarship Program will be working closely with program partners Long & McQuade Musical Instruments and Stephen Worrall of 4 The Music. It is out hope that the Tyler McGill My First Guitar Scholarship Program can be the first of many of such programs that can start in other communities in Greater Toronto Area and other communities in Ontario and Canada.