Our journey... from Brooklin Mini Idol to Durham's Best

Brooklin Mini Idol 2009
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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

2004

Brooklin Mini Idol Takes To The Stage

"Hey wouldn't it be fun to have a singing 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

Brooklin Mini Idol connects with the Music Industry

Rob Hanson, a recording engineer/producer with JUNO Nominated work and over 200 album credits including mixing Canada's first platinum selling album, joins the Brooklin Mini Idol team.  As one of our program's key partners, Rob and his company developed and delivered our workshop program in addition to donating time and resources such as recording sessions, video shoots and live sound to help enhance the experience for our young performers.

2011

A New Community Partner

The Optimist Club of Brooklin comes on board as our new community partner, leading to renewed energy, growth and added opportunities for aspring young performers in our community.

2011

2012

Outstanding Achievement Award

The Brooklin 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".

2013

Award Nomination For Our Workshop Program

Program Director Rob Hanson's company and Brooklin Mini Idol are nominated for Durham Region’s Art of Transition Award in recognition of working together to develop and deliver Brooklin Mini Idol’s workshop program that brings entertainment industry professionals together with aspiring young singers.

2013

2013

Great News

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

2015

National Recording Artists and Producers

The Mini Idols lend their voices to help over 25,000 kids for coast to coast to coast sing all together on the largest recording of O Canada in history. A joint project by Hometown Music Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

2015

2018

New Name - Durham's Best

As our program grows we update our name to reflect the changes.  We add a senior singers category and bring in a professional band to perform with the finalists for the first time.

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

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