Simply the Best: Our Arts & Life honour roll for 2014
BY THE CHRONICLE HERALD
One of the greatest musical joys of 2014 was watching Inverness County rock duo the Town Heroes come up with more amusing things to say as they accepted one Music Nova Scotia Award after another in Truro in November.
When the brunch’s toast crumbs had settled, Mike Ryan and Bruce Gillis picked up five crystal blue trophies for their second album Sunday Movies, including the fan-voted entertainer of the year award and video of the year for the hometown-shot Holdin’ Up Grants clip.
Billing themselves as “Cape Breton’s answer to Chumbawamba” in their (un)official bio, the band’s irreverent humour has served them well as they tour the U.S. and Europe on a shoe-string, film a fun video for the song New York City in the place that inspired it, and play on a boat in Hamburg during September’s Reeperbahn Festival, in the same seedy port city that helped the Beatles get their start.
The Town Heroes ended their year with a tour to Victoria, B.C., and back, getting home in time to perform at the grand opening of the new Halifax Central Library, while still finding time to write some of the funniest blog posts a band ever came up with on their website atwww.thetownheroes.com.
Do we need another hero? Maybe not while these guys are around.