Welcome to
Durham's Best

Presented by The Optimist Club of Brooklin

Please note: 2020/21 Season has had to be cancelled due to COVID.

We look forward to starting the program up again, hopefully next year, and look forward to sharing your talents with Durham Region once again.


Music industry professionals proudly helping aspiring young singers develop confidence and performance skills for over 15 years.

We're thrilled to provide Durham’s Best as a free community program thanks to the generous support of our business and community partners.


  • If you attend school in Durham Region you could be Durham's Best singer.

  • Finalists receive free performance development workshops led by entertainment industry professionals.

  • Season finale takes place with a live professional band.

  • One high school student will take the title of Durham's Best Singer and one elementary school student will take the title of Durham's Best Junior Singer. 

  • Good Luck ...and don't forget to join our mailing list below for more updates.


Every step of the way...

Finalists receive monthly performance workshops and rehearsals with entertainment industry professionals, as together we prepare to step out onto the stage.

Durhams Best Sing It Forward


Workshop guests have included:  Dan Clancy (Lighthouse), Kate Todd, Justin Hines, Leah Daniels, Dave Baksh (SUM41), Neil Donell (Chicago), Dale Russell (The Guess Who) ...and many more.

Thank you very much for your support...

we really appreciate the care and compassion you have for the kids.

Thank-you very much...

This experience has helped me to become more confident on stage and in performing in front of others.

By working with music and industry professionals, this has given me the tips and skills needed to become a better performer.

I would recommend this program to kids that like to sing and want to perform and learn new skills.

Rob, I can’t even begin to thank you and Tracy enough for all the support and love you have both given me over the past few years.

It’s such a phenomenal program and I truly wish I could keep coming back year after year.

Wow what a fantastic evening! You should be very pleased. The whole experience, right from the video auditions through to the show last night, was very organized and so much fun for the performers.
Madelyn learned a lot from the workshops. Just a great opportunity for all of these young people. It was great to have them up there singing with a band.
Thank you for all of the time and effort you put into making this a success.

Rob, I wanted to thank you for everything you do for young artists and singers.

I thought the whole process for Durham's Best was great... I think it's great experience for them.

We really enjoyed ourselves and we realize how much work you put into the whole process and we appreciate everything you do!

I absolutely loved participating...

It helped me get over my fear of performing in front of a large number of people, and I'm not so shy anymore! 

I'm also happy that I got to meet new people and make new friends! ;)


Bree Ells

Durham's Best Singer 2018

Finale performance with The Professors of Funk Rhythm Section

Designed and delivered by music industry professionals, Durham's Best has proudly helped aspiring young performers develop confidence and performance skills for over 15 years.


Thanks to ongoing support from local organizations, community members and businesses, we're thrilled to provide a community program filled with exciting educational experiences for youth.

Thank you to all who have helped make this program possible, with special thanks to:

Sandra Mammone (and family), The Whitby Public Library, John Blackman, Renaissance Baptist Church, The Brooklin Town Crier, Group 74, Rob Hanson (and family), Folkes Hanson Productions Inc., The Optimist Club of Brooklin, Long & McQuade, Pat Perkins, Bob Perkins, The Association in Support of the Whitby Performing Arts Centre, The Brooklin Spring Fair, Hometown Music Council, Durham Coutertops, Hair Experience, Michael Kelly's Restaurant, Durham Improv, and Durham Children's Aid Foundation.

Thank you as well to all the amazing supportive parents and past participants who have helped make our program shine.

Special thanks to our partners that help make this program possible.


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