About Maple Blues Awards
To cast your vote, click here: www.mapleblues.ca/vote.aspx
Voting is open from 12AM Newfoundland Daylight Time November 1st, 2013, through 12AM Pacific Standard Time December 7th, 2013.
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.
A limited number of discount tickets for the annual Maple Blues Awards at Koerner Hall on Monday January 20 are on sale now. If you are a Charter Member and would like to purchase the best available tickets at the lowest discount ($28), email firstname.lastname@example.org to retrieve the password to give to the RCM box office performance.rcmusic.ca/royal-conservatory-ticket-packages / 416-408-0208
The winners of the Seventeenth Annual Maple Blues Awards will be announced at the annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto. This very special evening is Canada’s national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent and is also a night of great music by the Maple Blues Band, comprised entirely of Maple Blues Awards winners and nominees.
The awards program is proudly organized by the Toronto Blues Society. Check out videos from last year’s awards show here.
The nominees are selected by a distinguished panel of some 50 blues experts. Co-Chaired by the steering committee consisting of Deborah Cartmer, Yves Trottier, Paul Norton, 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.
Application Process. 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:
|Brant Zwicker||At the Crossroads||Kamloops, BC|
|Vince Almond||CFBX||Kamloops, BC|
|“Billieboy” Lucas||CHLYfm||Nanaimo, BC|
|Earl Krushelnicki||Blues Underground Network||Prince George,BC|
|Paul Norton||CFRO, CITR||Vancouver, BC|
|Ron Simmonds||CFRO 100.5 Blues in the Dark||Vancouver, BC|
|Rod Dranfield||White Rock Blues Society||Surrey, BC|
|Jim Burnett||CFRO/CITR||Vancouver, BC|
|Peter North||CKUA||Edmonton, AB|
|Grant Stovel||CKUA||Edmonton, AB|
|Al Wood||Saskatoon Blues Society||Saskatoon,SK|
|Gord MacAulay||Canadian Blues Alliance||Saskatoon, SK|
|John Scoles||Winnipeg, MB|
|Ronnie Lindsay||CKUW||Winnipeg, MB|
|John Valenteyn||CIUT-FM||Toronto, ON|
|Julie Hill||Radio Regent||Toronto, ON|
|Vince Vitacco||“Everyday I Have the Blues” CHRY 105.5 FM||Toronto, ON|
|Eric Thom,||Music Writer||Toronto, ON|
|Brad Wheeler||Music Writer||Toronto, ON|
|Larry Kurtz||Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival||Orangeville, ON|
|Stew Laing||Stew’s Blues||Stratford, ON|
|Tim Holek||Freelance Journalist||Chatham, ON|
|Denis Burns||Great Lakes Blues Society||London, ON|
|Deborah Cartmer||CFBU 103.7 FM||St. Catharines, ON|
|John Davis||Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival||Niagara, Ontario|
|Paul Panchezak||“Breakfast of Champions” CFMU-FM||Hamilton, ON|
|Bruce Hall||Grand River Blues Society||Kitchener, ON|
|Claude Coutier||Kitchener Blues Festival||Kitchener, ON|
|Willy A||FM 98.5||Waterloo, ON|
|Liz Sykes||Ottawa Blues Society||Ottawa ON|
|James Doran||Choose The Blues Productions||Kenmore, ON|
|Phil Hordy||Thunder Bay Blues Society||Thunder Bay, ON|
|Jean-Pierre Petit||”L’Hôtel Du Blues” CKUT 90.3 FM||Montreal, QC|
|Michel Dubois||“Rue D’Auteuil”, CKRL FM 89.1||Quebec City,QC|
|Randy Renaud||“The Black Cat Alley” CHOM-FM||Montreal|
|Yves Trottier||101.9 DAWG FM||Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC|
|Alexandre Petit||Viree Blues Boreale||Hull, QC|
|Irene Ippersiel||Montreal Blues Society||Montreal, QC|
|Louis Brunet||CKMN-FM 96.5||Rimouski, QC|
|Jean Sicotte||Les Productions Kazou||Sutton, QC|
|Yannick Lambert||Festival de Blues de Donnacona||Donnacona, QC|
|John Detcheverry||Cha Cha Cha In Blue, CKUT FM 90.3||Montreal, QC|
|Bob Mersereau||CBC music reporter||Fredericton NB|
|Sandy MacDonald||Freelance music writer||Halifax, NS|
|Dale Schimpf||East Coast Blues Society||NS|
|Denis Parker||Music NL||St. John’s, NL|
|Terry Parsons||CHMR 93.5 FM||St. John’s, NL|