Silvergun & Spleen Win Big at Toronto Independent Music Awards


Featured photo by FoH Photography (Bobby Singh)

Last night Ottawa’s Silvergun & Spleen won a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Indie/Rock Band.

The band was so caught of guard by the nomination. “I was very surprised when I found out we were nominated. My exact thought was ‘WHAT?!'” said guitarist Vern Mallet. “There are so many great indie bands out there and just to be recognized alongside great groups is a real honour.”

Competitions are not new to the band, as they were previously finalists at the 2011 Live 88.5 Big Money Shot, but they remain quite humble. “In my opinion, all the bands won, just being nominated is a great accomplishment. To get the award in the best indie and best rock category is such a great feeling. We really feel like our hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed,” said an ecstatic Mallet. “I think this will give us more exposure, which means a great deal to us. Our goal as a band is to reach out to as many people as possible and hopefully rock their socks off!” If you have never seen them live, let me tell you, you better tie down your socks.

Silvergun & Spleen, TIMA,

These are exciting times for the band. “Merv (Mallet) and John (Lenherr)  are currently working their butts off on the oilfield in Alberta so that we can fund a Canadian and European tour, new album, and video!” said Vern. “I came back to town due to a broken finger after it got crushed by a 100 lb check valve on the pipeline.” She says finger has healed nicely, which is good news for the guitarist.

So when should we expect all these cool things? “We don’t have exact dates as these are all very costly projects, but what we can promise is that our blood, sweat, and tears will be on this new album. Our soul belongs to rock & roll.”

Keep your ears open and dials tuned to The Verge on SiriusXM as they will be featuring an interview with S&S and some airplay of their song “An Eye For An Eye.” You can also check out a video interview with the band on V-Mix Omni TV in the near future.

In its tenth year, the Toronto Independent Music Awards is an annual competition supporting independent music in Ontario. The not-for-profit organization acknowledges and celebrates songs by independent Canadian musicians across Ontario without regard to recording quality, industry affiliation, or sales history.