The Maple Blues Awards

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The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.

The awards program is proudly organized by the Toronto Blues Society. 

The nominees are selected by a distinguished panel of some 50 blues experts. Co-Chaired by the steering committee consisting of Yves Trottier, John Valenteyn and Brant Zwicker, the panel includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada. Members of the Nominating Panel are not eligible for any of the awards.

Winners in all categories, except the instrumental categories, will be selected by blues fans across Canada. Winners in the  guitar, harmonica, piano/keyboards, horn, drum, and bass categories will be determined by the Nominating Panel.


There is no *application* for the Maple Blues Awards. Nominations are drawn from the expertise of the nominating panel suggestions. Members of the nominating panel are required to be familiar with Canadian blues artist activity and CD releases.  Artists are encouraged to service CDs to all blues radio djs, journalists and industry professional to increase their national profile.

Entertainer Of The Year: Group or artist who showed the most overall success in the previous year. This could include a combination of live performances, touring, airplay, media coverage, and public acceptance.

New Artist Or Group Of The Year: Group or individual, new to the national blues scene, who has made considerable advances artistically and/or commercially during the eligibility period. The nominee should be performing under its/his/her name on a regular basis and must not have been nominated in any Maple Blues Awards category previously. The award recognizes the group or individual.


The Nomination Panel consists of industry professionals from across Canada:

Vince Almond CFBX Kamloops, BC
Louis Brunet CKMN-FM  96.5 Rimouski, QC
Jim Burnett Code Blue CITR FM Vancouver, BC
Deborah Cartmer CFBU 103.7 FM St. Catharines, ON
Claude Coutier Kitchener Blues Festival Kitchener, ON
John Detcheverry Cha Cha Cha In Blue, CKUT FM 90.3 Montreal, QC
David DeWolfe Dutch Mason Blues Festival Nova Scotia
James Doran Choose The Blues Productions Kenmore, ON
Rod Dranfield White Rock Blues Society Surrey, BC
Michel Dubois CKRL FM 89.1 Quebec City,QC
Bruce Hall Grand River Blues Society Kitchener, ON
Julie Hill Radio Regent Toronto, ON
Phil Hordy Thunder Bay Blues Society Thunder Bay, ON
Larry Kurtz Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival Orangeville, ON
Stew Laing Stew’s Blues Stratford, ON
Yannick Lambert Donnacona Blues Festival Donnacona, QC
Ronnie Lindsay “Bluesday on Tuesday” CKUW Winnipeg, MB
William “Billieboy” Lucas CHLY FM Nanaimo, BC
Gord MacAulay Canadian Blues Alliance Saskatoon, SK
Sandy MacDonald Freelance music writer Halifax, NS
Danny Marks JAZZ.FM91 Toronto, ON
Brian McCormack Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival Thorold, Ontario
Cindy McLeod Calgary Blues Music Association Calgary, AB
Bob Mersereau CBC Fredericton NB
Paul Norton CFRO, CITR Vancouver, BC
Paul Panchezak CFMU-FM Hamilton, ON
Denis Parker Music NL St. John’s, NL
Terry Parsons Blind Lemon Radio CHMR 93.5 FM St. John’s, NL
Alexandre Petit Viree Blues Boreale Hull, QC
Randy Renaud “The Black Cat Alley” CHOM-FM Montreal
Jean Sicotte Les Productions Kazou Sutton, QC
Ron Simmonds CFRO FM Vancouver, BC
Liz Sykes Ottawa Blues Society Ottawa ON
Grant Stovel CJSR/CKUA Edmonton, AB
Eric Thom Music Writer Toronto, ON
Greg Torrington Galaxie – The Blues Channel Montreal, QC
Yves Trottier 101.9 DAWG FM Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC
John Valenteyn CIUT-FM Toronto, ON
Vince Vitacco “Everyday I Have the Blues” CHRY 105.5 FM North York, ON
Al Wood Saskatoon Blues Society Saskatoon,SK
Brant Zwicker At the Crossroads Kamloops, BC