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.