Our Launch

Durhams Best was originally launched as Brooklin Mini Idol, a karaoke competition for kids 12 and under, on an outdoor stage at the Brooklin Harvest Festival.

2004

2005

Auditions Added

Brooklin Mini Idol was a big hit.  With so many singers interested, we held auditions a week in advance at the Renaissance Baptist Church with a line down the street.

A New Community Partner

The Optimist Club of Brooklin comes on board as a partner and we hold the finale on an indoor stage for the first time.

2011

2012

Outstanding Achievement Award

The 2012 Mini Idols receive an Outstanding Achievement Award from Whitby's Mayor and Town Council for their fundraising efforts through sales of their single "Never End".

Workshops Launched

Special guests from the music and entertainment industry are invited in to provide monthly workshops to help our young singers develop confidence as they prepare for the 2013 finale.

2013

2013

Great News

The Mayor of Whitby, Pat Perkins, announces our youth music and education program is the recipient of an annual grant from The Association in Support of The Whitby Performing Arts Centre.

Award Nomination

Nomination for Durham Region's Art of Transition Award - "Best creative form of entertainment resulting in increased community engagement in the arts."

2014

2018

Huge Growth

We add a senior singers category and bring in a professional band to perform with the finalists for the first time.

New Name - Durham's Best

As our program grows we update our name to reflect the changes.

2018

SOME VIDEO HIGHLIGHTSFROM PAST SEASONS

Video Shoot & Recording Session With
Kate Todd

Recording Session & Video Shoot
Wavin' Flag

Workshop & Recording Session With
Dan Clancy From Lighthouse

Workshop With Special Guest
Justin HInes

Durham's Best is a free community program that's made possible thanks to generous support from our partners.

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