Provincial karaoke champion Trevor Dunn

Singer competing against the world at World Karaoke Championships

Local singer Trevor Dunn is a heart's beat away from reaching the very top of the Karaoke ladder.

Local singer Trevor Dunn is a heart’s beat away from reaching the very top of the Karaoke ladder.

This week, Dunn will head out to Killarney, Ireland, to represent Canada against 30 other countries in the 2011 Karaoke World Championships.

Before he left, Dunn got a local send off at Lake Cowichan’s Riverside Inn, Wednesday, August 31, during which time he hosted a karaoke fund-raiser to help pay for a “snazzy outfit” for his upcoming performance, and other expenses.

While others took their turn singing at the microphone, Dunn sat down with the Gazette to discuss his burgeoning singing career.

“This is definitely the biggest thing that I’ve ever done,” he said, of the upcoming World Championships.

Dunn, 31, has lived in a number of different communities outside the Cowichan Lake area, including Whistler, where he currently works as a massage therapist.

He attended and graduated from Lake Cowichan Secondary School.

During his time in Lake Cowichan, Dunn became known for singing as much as he could at different events, including Lake Days and his school’s choir.

His parents Jeff and Sue ran the Lakeview Pub in Youbou. The pub’s karaoke nights were organized by Dunn; experience he carried on to help organize karaoke nights in both Calgary and Whistler.

“I sing whenever I can, really,” he said. “It’s really  just to have fun.”

Earlier this year, Dunn powered through the Provincial and National Karaoke Championships, singing the Michael Jackson song Man in the Mirror, and the Tina Turner song We Don’t Need Another Hero.

He’s a music lover that doesn’t care about the genre.

“I like it all,” he said. “I don’t have a specific genre I prefer. I guess rock and pop are my go-tos. They’re more my style.”

Dunn said that he’s looking forward to the World Karaoke Championships; mainly because the main prize promises the release of a full-length CD.

But, if he doesn’t win, Dunn said that it’s not the end of the world.

“If this doesn’t turn out, I won’t pursue (a musical career) in other venues. I’m happy with my life in Whistler.”

The World Karaoke Championship is being put on by Me and Mic, which has a website at www.meandmic.com.

Dunn’s parents still live in Lake Cowichan.

Local singer Alyssa Waser also completed in the National Karaoke Championships, after having placed first for female singers in provincials.