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Top 4 Finalist in CBC Music's Searchlight Competition (May 2016)
'Kenya' on CBC Radio 2's Top 20 countdown for 8 straight weeks including 2 week at #1 (May/June 2016)
"Talk To Me" on CBC Radio 2's Top 20 countdown, reaching #2
"Kenya" on The East Coast Countdown for 10 weeks, reaching #1 (June - August 2016)
Has played festivals such as Edmonton Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Burlington Sound Of Music, Granville Green, New Glasgow Jubilee, TD PEI Jazz & Blues, Cavendish Beach Music Festival and showcased at ECMA, PEI Music Week, Canadian Music Week and Folk Music Ontario.
Shared the stage or opened for Serena Ryder, Corb Lund, Ron Sexsmith, Paper Lions, Joel Plaskett, Jim Bryson, Sean McCann, and more
The fact that PEI’s Dylan Menzie his own harshest critic is simultaneously a struggle and the very trait that’s propelled him up the ranks of the Canadian music scene, and considering all he’s accomplished in a relatively short amount of time, it’s clear that stagnation just isn’t his strong suit.
With a sprawling vocal range and compelling approach to composition, Menzie made an indelible mark in the talent-rich Atlantic Canadian music market with his debut EP, Heather Avenue, in 2013. Its success spurred high-profile performances throughout the Maritimes, including opening slots for City & Colour and Ron Sexsmith.
In 2016, Menzie was a finalist in CBC’s annual Searchlight competition on the back of his breakout single, “Kenya,” which then spent two weeks at number one on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20 leading up to the release of his 2016 album Adolescent Nature.
Drawing clear influence from the likes of My Morning Jacket, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Joel Plaskett without being derivative of any one, the quality of these songs heavily belies the young artist’s age.
Since Adolescent Nature’s release, Menzie has been in even higher demand, earning one of two spots in the inaugural East Meets West collaboration between the ECMAs and BreakOutWest as well as slots at prestigious events like the Edmonton Folk Festival, Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance International, and others.
But even as excitement behind his breakthrough continues to mount, Menzie already has his sights set on what’s next, and if he continues on his current trajectory of each new song, each new release eclipsing its predecessor, he’ll soon be impossible to ignore.
Everybody has an opinion – especially when it comes to music – but few are as critical as Dylan Menzie, and that’s worked out for him pretty well so far.
“The next big voice in Canadian Music.”- CBC
"His voice grabbed me immediately, I can't wait to hear what else he has to offer... No bells and whistles, just talent." - Dallas Smith
"Dylan is one of the most promising – and one of my favourite - artists to come out of the Maritimes in years, and that’s saying a lot, considering the wealth of talent that’s out here. His songwriting and voice are generational, and whether it’s from the stage or through the stereo, I always find myself just totally captivated and immersed in the experience." — Andrew King, Editor, Canadian Musician
"Dylan Menzie is one of my favourite musicians coming out of the Maritimes today; with lyrical tricks up his sleeve and instrumental creativity to boot, it’s not hard to see why music communities are already getting behind his music. With songs like ‘Kenya’ and ‘I Wanna Know,’ it’s easy to compare him to some of Canada’s best songwriters, I can’t imagine it will be long until we’re comparing others to him." — Kerry Martin, CBC