The Maple Blues Awards
The 2015 Maple Blues Awards Winners have been announced!
To view this year’s winners, click here.
THE 19TH ANNUAL MAPLE BLUES AWARDS GALA
The 19th Annual Maple Blues Awards were held at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall on Monday, January 18th, 2016 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 always popular Maple Blues Band. This year’s performers included Colin Linden, Harrison Kennedy, David Gogo, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, John Campbelljohn and after-party jam host Big Dave McLean.
Winners of the 19th Annual Maple Blues Awards were announced at the annual Maple Blues Awards Gala on Monday, January 18th, 2016. This very special evening is Canada’s national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent. To view this year’s winners, click here.
For media inquiries, please download and fill in the Media Accreditation Request. Media requests must be submitted to Sarah French by January 8, 2016.
The Maple Blues Awards is a gala event. Formal attire is encouraged but not required. All Maple Blues Awards attendees are eligible for a 30% discount on rental designer dresses from Rent frock Repeat for the evening of the show. See below for more details.
ABOUT THE MAPLE BLUES AWARDS
The awards program is proudly organized by the Toronto Blues Society.
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 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 are 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.
Recording/Producer Of The Year. Nominated recordings in this category must have been released between Sept 1, 2014 and Oct 1, 2015.
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 Nominating Panel reviews a list of elibigle CD releases which leads to the creation of a ballot published at the beginning of November for public voting.
2015 MAPLES BLUES AWARDS NOMINATING PANEL
The Nominating Panel consists of industry professionals from across Canada who volunteer their time to participate.
|FIRST NAME||LAST NAME||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||Vancouver, BC|
|Paul||Norton||CFRO, CiTR||Vancouver, BC|
|Cindy||McLeod||Calgary Blues Music Association||Calgary, AB|
|Chris||Martin||CBC Saturday Night Blues||Edmonton, AB|
|Peter||North||Dead Ends & Detours, CKUA||Edmonton, AB|
|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|
|James||Doran||Choose The Blues Productions||Kenmore, 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|
|Julie||Hill||Radio Regent | Blues and Roots Radio||Toronto, ON|
|Patricia||Lever||Midday and Howlin’ Blues (synd), DAWG||Toronto, ON|
|Danny||Marks||BLUZ-FM, JAZZ.FM||Toronto, ON|
|Eric||Thom||Freelance Music Writer||Toronto, ON|
|John||Valenteyn*||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 Cha In Blue, CKUT||Montreal, QC|
|Daisy||Hanna||Montreal Blues Society||Montreal, QC|
|Randy||Renaud||The Black Cat Alley, CHOM||Montreal, QC|
|Greg||Torrington||The Blues, Stingray Music||Montreal, QC|
|Michel||Dubois||CKRL||Quebec City, QC|
|Jean||Sicotte||Les Productions Kazou||Sutton, QC|
|Bob||Mersereau||CBC Radio One||Fredericton NB|
|Roger||Jean||Rosie’s Juke Joint, CHSR||Fredericton, NB|
|Sandy||MacDonald||Freelance Music Writer||Halifax, NS|
|Terry||Parsons*||Blind Lemon Radio, CHMR||St. John’s, NL|
*The panel is lead by a steering committee consisting of John Valenteyn, Brant Zwicker, Terry Parsons and Yves Trottier.