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Gold Winner The Town Heroes

Silver Winner Gloryhound

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Chatting over lunchtime plates of mac and cheese (real, not the fake stuff), The Town Heroes, Mike Ryan and Bruce Gillis, seem like possibly the most unassuming, self-deprecating band in existence. For the past two years, The Cape Breton duo has transcended its cover-band roots by crafting hooky, classic indie-rock songs with a huge sound that belies its minimalistic set-up. “We don’t get yelled at,” says Gillis. “That’s successful I guess.” Not getting yelled at is a low bar to set, but one the Heroes have leapt over with frightening ease, due to talent, of course, but also because of their punishing work ethic. A Music Nova Scotia showcase in Germany, two Nova Scotia Music Week nominations, playing the ECMAs, Halifax Pop Explosion, Evolve and more have made this a memorable year for the band. Last year they won your vote for best new band, this year they’ve moved into the coveted best band slot. Next stop, Hollywood?

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