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Former Canadian Idol star to perform at Crown & Tower

Cape Breton-born Tyler Mullendore to introduce his East Coast humour and songwriting savvy
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East Coast singer-songwriter Tyler Mullendore is set to play a concert at The Crown & Tower on Saturday, April 30, 2022. SUPPLIED/Photo

Back in 2007, singer-songwriter Tyler Mullendore competed in Season 5 of Canadian Idol. A much younger Ben Mulroney hosted the one-hour show, with Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, and Zack Werner as judges. 

Despite Mullendore’s Cape Breton authenticity, Brian Melo took home the crown. Although the showcase gave him a foothold in the Canadian music industry, the Nova Scotia-based musician is uncomfortable relying on that one stroke of good luck. 

“I loved it. It was very surreal. I had a fantastic time. Those people showed me how to write a radio-friendly song. But I’m not looking to be the next pop star. Canadian Idol is in the past and I have a three-year-old son to take care. I’m looking to the future,” said Mullendore. 

A professional industrial insulator, he is temporarily in Alberta working in construction. When the singer arrived in the province, he also emailed his after-hours musical availabilities to various venues across the region and picked up a gig at St. Albert’s Crown & Tower for Saturday, April 30.  

As a songwriter, he said, “I’ve got a lot to say. I’d like to think my writing has matured. I want to release my music, share it with people, and I’d love to tour. My goal is to release music and connect with whoever wants to.” 

He dubs his music “Americana,” a hybrid style that mashes together rock growls and country twang, honky tonk, and folk-roots.  

“John Prine, the Rankin family, Black Sabbath, Ian Noe, and Dylan LeBlanc are just some of my influences.” 

Growing up in the County of Inverness, Cape Breton, music was a big part of the family dynamic. 

“From a young age I was listening to vinyl records. I was playing air guitar by three and by age six I started singing and playing a guitar. Living in Cape Breton there wasn’t much to do except go on nature walks, bike rides, and fishing. There weren’t a lot of friends around, and people got creative playing music.” 

Mullendore penned his first song at 15. It was romantically titled You’re All I Care About. When asked if the song was about a girl he had crushed on, he replied, “At the time, I didn’t know what love was. I was just making it up.” 

A family man in every sense of the word, Mullendore continues to pair up with sister Abby as a singing duo whenever he returns to Cape Breton. 

At the Crown & Tower night of entertainment, the East Coast singer-songwriter will perform solo. 

“I'll be singing a lot of covers. But I’m going to sneak in a few originals and some outlaw country songs.” 

Mullendore starts his set at 9 p.m. April 30. The Crown & Tower is at 11 Bellerose Dr.