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25th Annual Maple Blues Awards


Congratulations to everyone who won at this year’s Maple Blues Awards! Winner names are highlighted as * WINNER in the nominee list below along with the sponsor.


Chuck Jackson
*Colin James
Harrison Kennedy
Matt Anderson
Steve Marriner

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR   –  Limestone City Blues Festival

 Crystal Shawanda
 Dawn Tyler Watson
 Dione Taylor
* Miss Emily
 Samantha Martin


 Tom Bona
 Gary Craig
 Jim Casson
 *Lindsay Beaver
 Matt Sobb


* David Vest
 Duane Blackburn
 Jesse O’Brien
 Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
 Lance Anderson



Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and  Jazz Festival

 Broke Fuse
 Endrick & The Sandwiches
 *Lowdown Dirty Mojos
 Shakey Trill

ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR   –   Folk Music Ontario

 Brandon Isaak
 *David Gogo & Steve Marriner
 Harrison Kennedy
 Rick Fines
 Rob Lutes

ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR  –  Music By The Bay Live

 *Colin James
 Jack de Keyzer
 Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
 Sue Foley


 David Rotundo
 Guy Bélanger
 Harpdog Brown
 Roly Platt
 *Steve Marriner


Montreal Blues Society/Société Blues Montréal

 *Alison Young
 Chris Whiteley
 Mat “Moose” Mousseau 
 Mike Clark
 Richard Thornton

GUITARIST OF THE YEAR    –  Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

 David Gogo
 Garrett Mason
 Jack de Keyser
 *Sue Foley
 Tony D

BASSIST  OF THE YEAR             

Alan Duffy
 Alec Fraser
 Alec McElcheran
 Gary Kendall
 *Keith Picot


*Bonnie Raitt
 Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
 Elvin Bishop
 Larkin Poe 
 Tedeschi Trucks Band



 bLOW (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers)
 ARTIST: Colin Linden PRODUCER: Colin Linden
 Tribute (Blue Star Records)
 ARTIST: Jack de Keyzer PRODUCER: Jack de Keyzer
 The Reckless One (Gypsy Soul)
 ARTIST: Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar PRODUCER: Darcy Yates, Renan Yildizdogan
* Hope Dies Last (Stony Plain)
ARTIST: Steve Marriner  PRODUCER: Steve Marriner
 Pinky’s Blues (Stony Plain)
 ARTIST: Sue Foley PRODUCER: Mike Flanigin

BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD   –  Stony Plain Records

 Alec Fraser
 Bobby Dean Blackburn
 Brent Parkin
 Dalannah Gail Bowen
 Danny Brooks
 Harrison Kennedy
 Murray Porter
 *Shakura S’Aida 
 Tom Lavin


 Colin Linden
 Kat Danser
 Rick Fines
 *Steve Marinner
 Sue Foley

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR   TD Kitchener Blues Festival

 David Gogo
 Dawn Tyler Watson
 Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
 Steve Marriner
* Sue Foley

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This Years Program and Award Visuals were Designed by

Courtney Revie



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25th Annual Maple Blues Awards

Monday June 20th, 2022   7pm Koerner Hall

Koerner Hall Hosts 25th Annual Edition with Featured Performers Sue Foley, Crystal Shawanda, Kat Danser, Colin Linden, and Bobby Dean Blackburn

Hosted by Ottawa’s Angelique Francis, Canada’s biggest night in blues music will feature performances from five Maple Blues Award nominees including Bobby Dean Blackburn, who is nominated for the Blues With A Feeling (Lifetime Achievement) award, multiple nominee Sue Foley, who is up for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year, and Guitarist of the Year. Also set to grace the stage are Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Crystal Shawanda, Songwriter of the Year nominee Kat Danser, and Colin Linden, who is nominated for Recording/Producer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

These incredible blues artists will be supported by the award gala’s house band, The Maple Blues Band, who have been a cornerstone of the annual Maple Blues Awards Ceremony since 1999. The Maple Blues Band features a who’s who of musicians including the ceremony’s musical director and bandleader Gary Kendall on bass, Teddy Leonard on lead guitar, Al Lerman on harmonica & acoustic guitar, Howard Moore on trumpet, Jim Casson on drums, Lance Andersonon piano & organ, Alison Young on tenor saxophone, Mei Kelly on trombone. At the 25th annual Maple Blues Awards, The Maple Blues Band will debut a mentorship program by adding a third-year Humber College music student to the group. Roshane Wright, from Kingston, Jamaica will join the rhythm section as a percussionist. Following the gala, the popular after-party and nominee jam will be hosted by Miss Emily and will reunite blues fans and friends after the long months apart.

Toronto Blues Society Announces an Unprecedented Tie for BluesBooster of the Year Award

The coveted award will be presented to

Claude Cloutier and Terry Parsons

Toronto Blues Society has announced two winners of the Blues Booster of the Year Award, to be presented at the Maple Blues Awards in June 2022. The Blues Booster of the Year Award is a very special Maple Blues Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues music industry. TBS President Derek Andrews said, “Two tireless blues music advocates producing a great festival and great radio sharing the Blues Booster award is a wonderful compromise.”

Based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Claude Cloutier had been organizing the annual  fundraiser Blues on the East Side in Cambridge from 1999 to 2006. Cloutier is also a founding member of the Grand River Blues Society since 2003. He then joined the Kitchener Blues Festival in 2007, where is performs the duties of Vice President and Artistic Director. He presently works with community living Cambridge.

 On receiving news of the award, Cloutier said “I am quite honoured and humbled by this award. I have had a lot of support from fellow volunteers and performers over the years that have assisted me in pursuing my passion for the music that we all love and goes without saying that this award is shared with them.”

 Conception Bay Newfoundland’s Terry Parsons began his radio career in 1977 at CHMR as an on-air news reader.  It was the start of a 45-year love affair with music in all forms, and in particular, the Blues. His signature radio program The Blind Lemon Blues, started completely by Accident in 2002 after a trip to Ottawa Blues Festival to interview artists for another show called The Songwriters. Beyond Blind Lemon Blues Parsons spent 11 years promoting live event in Newfoundland. In addition to radio, he works with the Maple Blues Steering Committee and writes reviews for Maple Blues Magazine and support artists and their music as best he can through radio shows, Blind Lemon Blues and The Sunday Morning Hangover Cure. Parsons’ reaction was one of humour and humility. “I am honored beyond words. It is so humbling to win this prestigious award. When I found out I was speechless. Which in my wife’s eyes is a good thing, they finally found a way to shut me up.”


The Nominating Panel consists of industry professionals from across Canada who volunteer their time to participate.

Cam Hayden CKUA Edmonton AB
Chris Martin CBC Saturday Night Blues Edmonton AB
Cindy McLeod Calgary Blues Music Association Calgary AB
Holger Petersen CBC Saturday Night Blues, CKUA Edmonton AB
Al Forrie Hornby Island Blues Society Hornby Island BC
Brant Zwicker At the Crossroads, syndicated Kamloops BC
Brent Morrison Rockin’ Blues, CJSF Vancouver BC
Grant Payne CHLY Nanaimo BC
Paul Norton One O’Clock Jump, CFRO | Code Blue, CiTR Vancouver BC
Rod Dranfield White Rock Blues Society Surrey BC
Ron Simmonds CFRO Vancouver BC
Vince Almond CFBX Kamloops BC
Yanick Theriault Plus 90.7 FM (cfbo rebrand ) New Brunswick NB
Gene Bellows Voice of Bonne Bay Norris Point NFLD
Terry Parsons Blind Lemon Radio, CHMR St. John’s NFLD
Bruce Morel Music Marketing International Inc. Dartmouth NS
Cathy Prothro East Coast Blues Society Dartmouth NS
Sandy MacDonald Freelance Music Writer Halifax NS
Andrew Galloway Electro-Fi Records Toronto ON
Bruce Hall Grand River Blues Society Kitchener ON
Paul Panchezak Breakfast of Champions, CFMU McMaster Radio Hamilton, ON ON
Claude Cloutier Kitchener Blues Festival Kitchener ON
Deborah Cartmer CFBU St. Catharines ON
Eric Thom Freelance Music Writer Toronto ON
Jan MacDonald Downtown Kingston Limestone City Blues Festival Kingston, ON
John Emms Freelance Music Writer Timmins ON
Julie Hill Calling All Blues, CIUT FM Toronto ON
Ken Wallis Blues Source Canada, The Hawk Hamilton ON
Lee Evans Blueswater Blues Show, 91.3 FM Hanover ON
Liz Sykes Ottawa Blues Society Ottawa ON
Lori Murray Music By The Bay Live Uxbridge ON
Nick Harding Photographer Wasaga Beach ON
Rick Clarke Bruce County Blues Society/Lighthouse Blues Festival Kincardine ON
Stevie Connor The Sound Cafe Magazine | Blues & Roots Radio Mississauga ON
Alexandre Petit Viree Blues Hull QC
Daisy Hanna Montreal Blues Society Montreal QC
Dave Brennan Ottawa Blues Society Gatineau QC
David McCabe Montreal Blues Society St-Urbain Premier QC
David Bush Royal Blues with Dr. Dave, K103.7 Kahnawake QC
Debra Thornington Ottawa Blues Society | DAWG’ON BLUES, DAWG Gatineau QC
Greg Torrington The Blues, Stingray Music Montreal QC
John Detcheverry Cha Cha Cha In Blue, CKUT Montreal QC
Louis Brunet CKMN-FM 96,5 Rimouski QC
Yannick Lambert Donnacona Blues Festival Donnacona QC
Al Wood Saskatoon Blues Society Saskatoon SK
Gord MacAulay Canadian Blues Alliance Saskatoon SK

*The panel is led by a steering committee consisting of Cindy McLeod, Brant Zwicker, Yanick Theriault and Terry Parsons.

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