Saturday 20 January 2018

Viner Shawn Mendes wins $10,000 and honour from Canada's Walk Of Fame

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendez(17) shot to fame when he began posting 6-second cover songs on popular video sharing app Vine.

Canada's 'Walk of Fame' have announced that the popular Viner has been awarded the 2015 Allan Slaight Honour, only the the sixth person to receive the award.

The Allan Slaight Honour "recognizes the achievements of young Canadians who have the ability to turn their talent into inspiration".

He joins previous award recipients including Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake and The Weeknd.

Mendez recently picked up a Teen Choice award for Choice Web Music Star.

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Mendez was previously "dissed" by fellow Canadian Justin Beiber, who retorted "who's Shawn Mendez?" when asked about the singer.

For the last six years, the award has been presented annually to a young Canadian making positive impacts within the music, film, literature, visual or performing arts, sports, innovation or philanthropy fields.

Allan Slaight is a Canadian "'ock and roll pioneer, media mogul, and philanthropist'. During his career he was the President of Global Television, president of Slaight Communications and the President and CEO of Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited in Canada. He remains an active philanthropist.

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