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Best Artist/Band To Be Blown Away By 

Gold Winner Hillsburn

Silver Winner Ben Caplan

Bronze Winner Jessie Brown & The Black Divine

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  • Double-winner, Hillsburn

“Are you kidding? We didn’t even—that’s nuts!” says Rosanna Burill in shock. She’s a singer-songwriter in rookie folk outfit Hillsburn. For a new band, they’re already swinging like pros, and Burill can’t believe both Best of Halifax awards. “This year has been a dream,” she says. “We just had our first year band-anniversary last week, and it’s wild to think about how we would have felt then and where we are now!” In the last year, the folk-pop quartet released a stunning self-titled EP, got signed to Groundswell Music and contended in CBC Music’s Searchlight Contest, which she says was incredibly advantageous to jumpstarting the band’s career: “It made Groundswell notice us, and that really was the beginning of people having any idea about us.” But when you hear the band, it’s a force you can’t easily forget, and it seems like Hillsburn is on its way to something big. “Everything’s working so far, and we’re all pretty grateful for everything that’s happened.”

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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