2004

Sandra Mammone Launches Brooklin Mini Idol

"Hey wouldn't it be fun to have a karaoke competition for kids at the Brooklin Harvest Festival?"  Thanks to support from Whitby Public Library, Brooklin Town Crier, Group 74 and Renaissance Baptist Chuch, under the direction of program founder Sandra Mammone, Durhams Best is launched as Brooklin Mini Idol.

2004

2005

Auditions Added

Brooklin Mini Idol is a big hit.  With so many singers interested, we start holding auditions a week in advance at the Renaissance Baptist Church with a line that goes out the door.

2005

Rob Hanson joins the team.

Rob Hanson, a recording engineer/producer with JUNO Nominated work, over 200 album credits including mixing Canada's first platinum selling album, and 20 years experience in the music industry, joins the Brooklin Mini Idol team.

2005

2011

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.

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".

2012

2013

Rob Hanson Introduces Educational Workshops

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

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.

2013

2014

Award Nomination

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

2018

Huge Growth

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

2018

2018

New Name - Durham's Best

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

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

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

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