Shawn Mendes the Next Big Thing Out of Canada

August 15, 2014

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It seems that Canada is fast becoming the place where boy-toy idols get their start. In addition to the now-known mistake that is Justin Bieber, Canada is now proud to present Shawn Mendes, a talented youngster who claims his fame from internet vines.

Vines have been an internet fad now for a few years, and this 16-year-old from Pickering, Ont., was sure to cash in on the latest craze.

Mendes caught the attention of his now 3 million Vine followers after posting a six and a half second clip of Bieber’s As Long as You Love Me.

A few days ago, Mendes picked up an award at the Teen Choice Awards and is currently touring with another internet sensation, Austin Malone, along with The Vamps and Fifth Harmony.

Universal Music Canada’s President Randy Lennox says he expects a lot more from this young up-and-comer. “It’s sort of like minute three here in Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes.”

Mendes also has a major record deal with Island records and his single Life of the Party made him the youngest artist to debut on the top 25 of Billboard’s top 100 charts.