It is hard to find a beginning when the shock of the news still hasn’t worn off. How can you express your grief or sense of loss when you can’t even believe the news is true… There are so many things that we can say about Sharon, stories of her success and her commitment to Under Pressure and to the team of volunteers, performers, artists and dancers who were able to work with her through out the years. Sharon was the kind of person you knew you could count on, to be there, to support the artists and music she loved and really believed in. She rarely got discouraged, and her love for the festival and those around her shone through in her devotion to putting on the best shows she could possibly do year after year. She never asked for anything in return, and had the wisdom and patience of someone who had unselfishly and whole heartedly been involved with the music scene in Montreal across decades of time.
Sharon had a vision for the festival and she had a work ethic which would not allow her to do things half way. The festivals performances grew under her care and she never backed away from doing what she knew was right for those stages. She believed in the festival but more importantly she believed in the people she worked with and would remind us of it when we needed it. Sharon always wanted to make the people who contributed their time to the event feel appreciated, and more than one time was she seen giving away her own festival shirt to a performer who hadn’t received one. She bought beer and water, she brought fury when she needed to but always checked in after to make sure everything was ok.
The 19th edition of the festival was a success and spoke to her vision of Under Pressure and what she wanted to keep doing for Montreal. Sharon was our respected colleague but most importantly she was a family member to us. This loss is profound, but she will be with us always.