Award-winning Cape Breton favourites The Town Heroes play Glasgow, Scotland this week as part of the Canadian Independent Music Association’s Canada Invades Glasgow B2B showcase and trade mission event taking place July 7-10.
Music Nova Scotia and the band’s management and record label, Groundswell Music, will be participating in business meetings with music industry buyers from Scotland during the event in an effort to increase music export from Nova Scotia to the UK.
Music Nova Scotia executive director Scott Long explains the growing importance of Glasgow as a new music centre in the UK. “The mission to Glasgow is an important market research activity for Music Nova Scotia,” says Long. “As a province, we have been targeting the UK as a strategic music market for some time, but with a particular emphasis on London. Glasgow is increasingly becoming a major epicentre for the discovery of new music. Connecting with music buyers in Glasgow is the next logical step to a successful export strategy in the UK.”
In a recent survey of UK music fans, three of Glasgow’s hottest music spots have been named in a list of the ten best venues to discover emerging acts – more than any other city in the UK. The survey named Glasgow venues The Arches, Barrowland Ballroom, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut as among the best places to spot new talent, beating out tough competition from London, Manchester and Liverpool.
Glasgow has been credited with kick-starting the careers of dozens of big name acts, including Oasis, Travis, Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, Paolo Nutini, Amy Macdonald and Glasvegas. The Town Heroes could be next. They are certainly poised for a kick-starting in the career.
An alt-rock power duo crafting catchy, lyrical, hard-hitting and anthemic songs that sound like a party you wish you were at, they’ve received the 2014 East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) for Rising Star and Music Video of the Year. They were voted Best Band in The Coast’s 2012 Best of Music poll, twice performed at The Reepherbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany, have toured Finland, played The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK and Summerfest in Milwaukee, USA. They’ve showcased their talent at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Nova Scotia Music Week, the East Coast Music Awards and were selected as the Nova Scotia Regional winners for the National Radio Star Song Writing competition.
The Town Heroes have toured throughout Canada, the U.S.A., and Europe, garnering various accolades for their passionate and energetic live show, and have released two albums. The band will perform on Wednesday, July 9 at The 13th Note in Glasgow.