Best Rock Artist / Band

Gold Winner Matt Mays

Silver Winner Gloryhound

Bronze Winner Billie Dre & <0x000A>The Poor Boys

Matt Mays lost his friend and guitar player Jay Smith suddenly last March while the band was touring his latest album, Coyote. It was a huge blow to Mays---and the Atlantic Canadian music scene in general---who worked through his grief along with his band the best way they knew how: through music. “Two thousand thirteen was a very strange year. It was a tough year,” says Mays. “The support that I received from my hometown provided such a warm and bright light in a cold dark time. Thank you for that. Thank you for embracing my music and for letting it embrace you. I feel very lucky to have you all in my life.” Mays and his band perform live at the JUNO Awards in Winnipeg.

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