Bright lights, bright future

Dual SLC Graduate Kyle Dunn Sees His Name in City Lights

by Kris Ward

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Kyle Dunn is a born entertainer who commands the stage. The singer, songwriter, musician & Nashville recording artist hails from Kingston, Ontario. He released his first EP in summer of 2015, entitled City Lights while still maintaining the trades and engineering skills he achieved as a dual SLC grad. Dunn graduated in 2010 from the Industrial Mechanical Engineering program, and in 2011 from Carpentry at St. Lawrence College’s Kingston campus.

In the halls of SLC is where the proud alum met his bandmate Kiefer Gricken (Bass Guitar), as well many other friends he still connects with today. “My dad gave me the idea of taking the General Carpentry course so I would one day be able to protect the largest asset I will ever own; my home. So I enrolled in the Carpentry course and graduated in 2011,” says Dunn. He obtained a job building homes for a custom home builder the day after his last class. Dunn currently works for Wilton Construction in Residential and Commercial Construction, while he continues his musical pursuits. They are supportive of Dunn’s music career and have been flexible in his growing ambitions.

Dunn’s ties to SLC continue today. His band members include Kory Dunn (Drummer) who graduated in 2012 from General Arts and Science with honours and is now at Bishops University and Joe Lees (Guitar) who now works at KGH as a phlebotomist after graduating from Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician program in 2012 and Matt Cutler, who graduated as Plumber Apprentice in 2008.

In the spring of 2015, Dunn was a semi-finalist in The CBC Searchlight competition. This kick-started his ambition to chase his dreams. Dunn released a debut album on August 7th, 2015, entitled City Lights, along with a catchy road trip single, Open Road. Dunn not only belts out the tunes on the release but plays acoustic and electric guitar. The EP was produced at the Beaird Music Group, in Nashville, Tennessee. The seven-song EP features session studio players from “A” list country acts, such as Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan. He is also a proud member of the CCMA, CMAO, and NSAI. The album gained Kyle recognition to open shows for artists like George Canyon and Doc Walker as well as being the CMAO Artist of The Month for March 2016. On November 5th 2016, Kyle released a second EP When The Dust Settles in his hometown Kingston, Ontario.

Dunn is receiving steady airplay on Country radio stations and both his record release parties were sold out events in Kingston. For more information about this talented rising star. You can visit his website:

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