Published Dec 01, 2009If you're a struggling band looking for a payday, there's no award in Canadian indie rock more coveted than the Big Money Shot, a battle of bands contest held by Ottawa's Live 88.5 FM that pays out a hefty $250,000. The finals took place on Friday (November 27) at Ottawa's Capital Music Hall, and Manotick, ON natives Hollerado took home top honours.
It's tough to imagine more deserving winners than Hollerado. Not only is their recent album Record in a Bag one of the most infectious power pop offerings of the year, the band are currently in the middle of an outrageous international tour. Dubbed the "Half World Tour," it took the band through South America last month. This month, the band will be playing a string of tour dates in China - their second trip to the country this year. If any group needs $250,000 to support their ambitious tour itinerary, it's Hollerado.
This isn't the first time the four-piece have won a competition. This summer, they were hand-picked by Jack White as part of a local talent search, and were asked to open for his band the Dead Weather.