2011 Maple Blues Awards Winners and Nominees

15th annual Maple Blues Awards Winners:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR, MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR, RECORDING OF THE YEAR (To Behold), DRUMMER OF THE YEAR (Matt Sobb)

MonkeyJunk

MonkeyJunk

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR, SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick

NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce

BLUES WITH A FEELING

Paul James

Paul James

BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Steve Strongman

Steve Strongman

HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Carlos del Junco

Carlos del Junco

PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chris Whiteley

Chris Whiteley

BASSIST OF THE YEAR

Alec Fraser

Alec Fraser

BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR

LIZ SYKES

 

Voting opened Friday, October 28 at midnight ADT & closed Saturday, December 10 at midnight PST. Blues fans casted their votes online at www.mapleblues.ca .

The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrated its 15th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists from across Canada on  January 16, 2012. The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.

Hosted by internationally recognized blues performers Treasa Levasseur and Shakura S’Aida, The 2012 Maple Blues Awards took place at Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 16th, 2012.

 

WINNERS AND NOMINEES
(winners’ names are bolded)

Entertainer Of The Year

Jim Byrnes

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Matt Andersen

MonkeyJunk

Shakura S’Aida

 

Electric Act Of The Year

Bill Johnson

David Gogo

Keith Hallett & Garrett Mason

MonkeyJunk

Rita Chiarelli

 

Acoustic Act Of The Year

Harrison Kennedy

Harry Manx

Matt Andersen

Suzie Vinnick

Tim Williams

 

Male Vocalist Of The Year

Harrison Kennedy

Jim Byrnes

John Mays (Fathead)

Matt Andersen

Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)

 

Female Vocalist Of The Year

Rita Chiarelli

Robin Bank$

Shakura S’Aida

Suzie Vinnick

Treasa Levasseur

 

New Artist Or Group Of The Year

The 24th Street Wailers

Douglas Watson R&B Revue

Kat Danser

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce

Tim Vaughn

 

Recording Of The Year

1. Me ‘n’ Mabel  (SV)

Suzie Vinnick

Producer – Danny Greenspoon

2. Music From The Big House (Mad Iris)

Rita Chiarelli

Producer – Rita Chiarelli

3. Strictly Whatever  (Stony Plain)

Harry Manx & Kevin Breit

Producers – Harry Manx & Kevin Breit

4. Still Blue  (BJ)

Bill Johnson

Producers – Jody Baker & Bill Johnson

5. To Behold (Stony Plain)

MonkeyJunk

Producer – Steve Marriner & Ken Friesen

 

Blues With A Feeling Award

(Lifetime Achievement)

Alec Fraser

Danny Brooks

Ellen McIlwaine

Joe Murphy

Ken Whiteley

Michael Fonfara

Paul James

Stephen Barry

Tom Lavin

 

B.B. King International Artist Of The Year

Bettye LaVette

Duke Robillard

Greg Allman

JJ Grey & Mofro

Tedeschi Trucks Band

 

Guitar Player Of The Year

David Gogo

Garrett Mason

Jack de Keyzer

Kevin Breit

Steve Strongman

 

Harmonica Player Of The Year

Carlos del Junco

David “Hurricane” Hoerl (The Twisters)

David Rotundo

Roly Platt

Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)

 

Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year

Curley Bridges

David Vest

John Lee Sanders

Julian Fauth

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

 

Horn Player Of The Year

Al Lerman (Fathead)

Chris Murphy

Chris Whiteley

Pat Carey (Downchild)

Neil Braithwaite (Blackburn)

 

Drummer Of The Year

Al Cross (Jerome Godboo)

Bucky Berger (Fathead)

Geoff Arsenault (Morgan Davis)

Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)

Vince Maccarone (Johnny Max)

 

Bassist Of The Year

Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)

Alec Fraser (Fraser/Daley)

Gary Kendall (Downchild)

Keith Picot (The Twisters)

Omar Tunnoch (Fathead)

 

Songwriter Of The Year

Bill Johnson

Diteodoro/Marriner/Sobb (MonkeyJunk)

Harrison Kennedy

Harry Manx

Suzie Vinnick

 

For more information contact:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com

Jordan Safer
Toronto Blues Society
416-538-3885 | info@torontobluessociety.com