Singer, songwriter, and record producer – Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was born in Pickering, Ontario, on August 8, 1998. He started out by posting song covers to YouTube and Vine when he was 15, some of which became especially successful and won him many likes and followers. Eventually, he was noticed by an artist manager and, in 2014, signed to his first record label. Despite his young age, Mendes has produced a number of successful hits like “Treat You Better” and “In My Blood” among others. There is no doubt that this young man is just getting started in his musical career and we will certainly be hearing more hits from him in the years to come.
The artist behind hits such as “Starboy” and “Can’t Feel My Face” was born in Toronto on February 16, 1990 as Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. The Weeknd’s journey to fame started when he uploaded some of this first songs to YouTube in 2010. These got positive feedback from listeners, and subsequently received even more exposure when Drake (our other featured Torontonian) included them in a blog post. Encouraged, The Weeknd continued to release new material and soon began touring with Drake, often performing as his opening act. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, The Weeknd has managed to cultivate his own unique musical style as he keeps delighting fans with one hit after another.
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