Monday, July 10, 2017

CONGRATS! Guelph's Dan McKinnon Wins Toronto Blues Society Talent Search

Guelph's own Dan McKinnon beat out five other contestants in the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Dan had the following to say on his Facebook page:
First and foremost, I have been totally floored by the outpouring of best wishes and love from everyone across social media. It was a privilege to perform at yesterday’s Toronto Blues Society Talent Search! and taking home first place was such an honour. A day later, it still seems surreal. 
Yesterday’s events would not have been possible without the help I have received over the years from family, friends, and a countless number of people in the music community both here and elsewhere. From the musicians I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the bandstand with to the people who have provided me with opportunities to hone my craft and others who have always been supportive of what I do, I don’t think I could express how grateful I truly am. Thank you for being a part of this journey that I can promise is only getting started. 
If there is a lesson I could pass on from this experience, it would be the value of staying persistent. Prior to this year, I had applied to perform in the TBS Talent Search six times. With each ‘no’, I spent more time in the woodshed with the goal of trying to get better so that eventually, I would get my shot. 
Regardless of what you’re chasing, just because it isn’t happening today doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen someday. Nothing is truly out of reach if you continue to keep at it.
By being crowned the winner, Dan receives

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First runner up was Bad Luck Woman and Her Misfortunes and Catriona Sturton was second.


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