Thunder Bay indie group rocks Toronto battle of the bands

A Thunder Bay indie band might just make a big win in a southern Ontario band competition. The Honest Heart Collective is the first band to make it to the finals for the 'Next Big Thing' contest, thrown by Toronto radio station 102.1, known as The Edge.

A Thunder Bay indie band might just come out with a big win in a southern Ontario band competition.

The Honest Heart Collective is the first band to make it to the finals for the "Next Big Thing" contest, thrown by Toronto radio station 102.1, known as The Edge. The Thunder Bay group had the most votes of any band in the competition.

Lead singer Ryan MacDonald said he and his bandmembers are extremely grateful to make it this far.

"It's actually kind of mind boggling," he said.

"Almost 600 bands applied for this thing and they narrowed it down to the top 20. We're fortunate just to be named in the top 20."

Once they got into the top 20, The Honest Heart Collective garnered the most votes of all the competing bands to push them into the final six.  Those groups will play a battle of the bands event at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto on August 21.  The winner walks away with $25,000 in cash and other prizes.

MacDonald said he couldn't be more excited to play before their largest audience later this month.

"It's going to be pretty surreal to look out and see a sea of people in this big venue," he said.

"We try to have as much fun with it as possible ... it's just been a great time."

The band is proud to be from Thunder Bay, MacDonald said.

"Thunder Bay has always been really supportive of us."

The winner will be announced on Aug. 24.

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