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Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes Playing Guitar

2015 allan slaight honour recipient

Hailed as “Music’s First Vine Star” by Billboard, and one of Time Magazine’s most influential teens of 2014, Shawn Mendes is a force to be reckoned with. Crowned “The real deal” by Teen Vogue, he was first discovered by manager Andrew Gertier through a series of performance videos that he posted online. Since then, Mendes has transitioned from viral online sensation to full-fledged industry best-seller, securing sought after performance opportunities on the The Late Show With David Letterman, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly & Michael, Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Ellen.

Mendes’s debut album Handwritten launched at #1 on both the Canadian and U.S. Soundscan charts. This impressive debut makes Mendes the youngest artist in nearly five years to have a #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. The album includes his Canadian double platinum hit “Life Of The Party,” his platinum-selling second single “Something Big” and his current single “Stitches” that is also double platinum.

Earlier in 2015, Mendes wrapped a sold-out headlining tour in Europe and the U.S. In 2015, he also toured with Taylor Swift on her sold-out 1989 Tour. Between dates on Taylor’s tour, Mendes continues to headline his own shows, three of which were in Canada earlier in 2015.