The Maple Blues Awards
20TH ANNUAL MAPLE BLUES AWARDS GALA
The 20th Annual Maple Blues Awards will be held at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall on Monday, January 23th, 2017 at 7:00pm in Toronto.
Each year, attendees of the Maple Blues Awards Gala enjoy performances from a selection of current nominees, accompanied by the Maple Blues Band. This year’s performers include Shakura S’Aida, Sugar Brown, Tim Williams, the Paul DesLauriers Band, and MonkeyJunk’s Steve Marriner!
TBS Charter/Family/Student/Benefactor Members, nominees, and Blues Summit Eight delegates can access best available seats for $35. Please contact us to retrieve the required promo code.
The Maple Blues Awards is a gala event. Formal attire is encouraged but not required.
Voting will open November 1 at 11:59pm Newfoundland Daylight Time (10:29pm EST). Blues fans can vote online for their favourite blues musicians in the eligible categories until December 1. Register at www.mapleblues.ca.
Entertainer of the Year
The Paul DesLauriers Band
Electric Act of the Year
The Paul DesLauriers Band
The 24th Street Wailers
Acoustic Act of the Year
Big Dave McLean
Jimmy Bowskill & Carlos del Junco
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Dawn Tyler Watson
New Artist of the Year
Blue Moon Marquee
Recording/Producer of the Year
Angel Forrest – Angel’s 11 (Morningstar); Producers: Angel Forrest & Denis Coulombe
David Gogo – Vicksburg Call (Cordova Bay); Producer: The Pérignon Partnership
David Vest – Devestatin’ Rhythm (Ark-O-Matic); Producers: David Vest & Gary Kendall
Dawn Tyler Watson – Jawbreaker! (Self); Producers: François Thiffault
Harpdog Brown – Travelin’ with the Blues (Dog House Records); Producer: Little Victor
International Artist of the Year
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Guitarist of the Year
Harmonica Player of the Year
Carlos del Junco
Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
Horn Player of the Year
Frankie Thiffault (Ben Racine Band)
Mat “Moose” Mousseau (Ben Racine Band)
Drummer of the Year
Lindsay Beaver (The 24th Street Wailers)
Sam Harrisson (The Paul DesLauriers Band)
Bassist of the Year
Greg Morency (The Paul DesLauriers Band)
John Dymond (Colin Linden)
Songwriter of the Year
Angel Forrest & Denis Coulombe
Paul Reddick & Colin Cripps
Blues With A Feeling (Lifetime Achievement)
Michael Jerome Browne
ABOUT THE MAPLE BLUES AWARDS
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. Winners in all categories (excluding the instrumental categories*) are decided by blues fans across Canada. Voting occurs online each November.
Nominating Panel & Steering Committee. The nominees are selected by a distinguished panel of approximately 50 blues experts who form the MBA Nominating Panel. Co-chaired by the steering committee consisting of Terry Parsons, 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.
*Instrumental Categories. Winners in the guitar, harmonica, piano/keyboards, horn, drum, and bass categories are not open for public vote. Instrumental or “craft” categories are determined by a panel of experts drawn from the nominating panel.
The awards program is proudly organized by the Toronto Blues Society.
2015 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS VIDEO
Internationally renowned Canadian Blues artists from coast to coast were honoured by their peers at the 19th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto January 18th, 2016 as a full house of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian blues at Koerner Hall.
Hosted by radio and television personality Gill Deacon, the 19th annual Maple Blues Awards included outstanding performances from The Maple Blues Band and Maple Blues Award nominees past and present, including David Gogo, Colin Linden, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Harrison Kennedy, Cecile Doo-Kingue, and John Campbelljohn.
There is no application process for the Maple Blues Awards. Nominations are drawn from the expertise of the MBA Nominating Panel. Members of the nominating panel are required to be familiar with Canadian blues artist activity and CD releases. Artists are encouraged to service new releases to all blues radio DJs, journalists and industry professionals across Canada to increase their national profile.
Recording/Producer Of The Year. Nominated recordings in this category must be released during the eligibility period: September 1, 2015 to October 1, 2016.
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 over the previous year. 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.
2016 MAPLES BLUES AWARDS NOMINATING PANEL
The Nominating Panel consists of industry professionals from across Canada who volunteer their time to participate.
|ORGANIZATION | PROGRAM & STATION||CITY||PROV|
|Brant Zwicker*||At the Crossroads (syndicated)||Kamloops||BC|
|William "Billieboy" Lucas||CHLY||Nanaimo||BC|
|Earl Krushelnicki||Blues Underground Network||Prince George||BC|
|Rod Dranfield||White Rock Blues Society||Surrey||BC|
|Brent Morrison||Rockin’ Blues (CJSF | CJMP)||Vancouver||BC|
|Paul Norton||CFRO | CiTR||Vancouver||BC|
|Cindy McLeod||Calgary Blues Music Association | The Blues Witness (CJSW)||Calgary||AB|
|Cam Hayden||The Friday Night Blues Party (CKUA)||Edmonton||AB|
|Chris Martin||Saturday Night Blues (CBC)||Edmonton||AB|
|Peter North||Dead Ends & Detours (CKUA)||Edmonton||AB|
|Grant Stovel||CJSR | CKUA||Edmonton||AB|
|Jeff Corbett||Redbeard's Blues (CJTR)||Regina||SK|
|Gord MacAulay||Canadian Blues Alliance||Saskatoon||SK|
|Al Wood||Saskatoon Blues Society||Saskatoon||SK|
|Ronnie Lindsay||Bluesday on Tuesday (CKUW)||Winnipeg||MB|
|Paul Panchezak||Breakfast of Champions (CFMU)||Hamilton||ON|
|Ken Wallis||Blues Blast (The HAWK)||Hamilton||ON|
|Claude Cloutier||Kitchener Blues Festival||Kitchener||ON|
|Bruce Hall||Grand River Blues Society||Kitchener||ON|
|Larry Kurtz||Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival||Orangeville||ON|
|Liz Sykes||Ottawa Blues Society||Ottawa||ON|
|Deborah Cartmer||CFBU||St. Catharines||ON|
|Phil Hordy||Thunder Bay Blues Society||Thunder Bay||ON|
|Julie Hill||Blue Remedy (Radio Regent | Blues and Roots Radio)||Toronto||ON|
|Eric Thom||Freelance Music Journalist||Toronto||ON|
|John Valenteyn*||John's Blues Picks (Maple Blues) | John Valenteyn’s Blues (CIUT)||Toronto||ON|
|Yannick Lambert||Donnacona Blues Festival||Donnacona||QC|
|Debra Thornington||Ottawa Blues Society | Dawg'On Blues (DAWG)||Gatineau||QC|
|Alexandre Petit||Viree Blues Boreale||Hull||QC|
|John Detcheverry||Cha Cha In Blue (CKUT)||Montreal||QC|
|Daisy Hanna||Montreal Blues Society||Montreal||QC|
|Phil Brisse||Montreal Blues Society||Montreal||QC|
|Randy Renaud||The Black Cat Alley (CHOM)||Montreal||QC|
|Greg Torrington||The Blues (Stingray Music)||Montreal||QC|
|Michel Dubois||Rue D'Auteuil (CKRL)||Quebec||QC|
|Jean Sicotte||Les Productions Kazou||Sutton||QC|
|Bob Mersereau||CBC Radio One||Fredericton||NB|
|Roger Jean||Rosie's Juke Joint (CHSR)||Fredericton||NB|
|Conrad Mead||95.7 The Wolf||Fredericton||NB|
|Yanick Theriault||Cigare & Whiskey (CFBO)||Grand Moncton||NB|
|Sandy MacDonald||Freelance Music Journalist||Halifax||NS|
|Gene Bellows||Blues in the Night (VOBB)||Bonne Bay||NL|
|Terry Parsons*||Blind Lemon Radio (CHMR)||St. John’s||NL|
*The panel is lead by a steering committee consisting of John Valenteyn, Brant Zwicker and Terry Parsons. Administration is managed by the Toronto Blues Society office.