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Published December 3, 2012 in Loose Blues News, News

Canada’s Biggest Blues Fan Contest: Do you think you just might be the biggest blues fan in Canada? We want to see why you think so! Send us a photo of what you think best represents something great about the blues. It could be a picture of a prized record collection or a favourite instrument, a snap of you and a local blues hero, the coolest local blues hang out or the best festival you’ve attended. The photo can be new or old. The winning submission will be shown during in the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards show, January 21st at Koerner Hall in Toronto.  And courtesy of The Toronto Blues Society, you’ll receive a most excellent prize pack: a t-shirt, CD and one-year membership. Email a 50 word description of the photo that also tells us about who you are and where you are from, in addition to your contact info, and ONE photo (max 10MB, 300DPI Resolution) per participant to: Deadline: Midnight (PST) January 14th 2013. Check out for more details

New Year’s Blues: Ring in the new year with one of these awesome blues shows on New Year’s Eve: Gary Kendall Band w/Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Dominion on Queen, Jerome Godboo & Jack de Keyzer – The Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub, Johnny Max, Chuck Jackson, Sophia Perlman, Raoul Bhaneja at The Riverview Room, Douglas Watson R&B Revue at the Royal Canadian Legion in Waterloo and Mike McKenna & His Stink at The Black Swan.

Guitar Greats: To celebrate guitar month (November) CBC Music selected the top 25 Canadian guitarists of all time.  Assembled by a panel of CBC producers and hosts, who compiled all the nominations based on raw talent, musical impact and ingenuity the list includes an eclectic group of players ranging in genres from rock to blues, country to jazz. The list includes many blues guitarists including Jeff Healey, Robbie Robertson (The Band), Colin James, David Wilcox and Kevin Breit (Sisters Euclid).

Hamilton Music Awards: The Hamilton Music Awards took place at Mohawk College on November 18, 2012.  Blues highlights included Crowbar performing and receiving a Lifetime Achievement award.  In the blues category Harrison Kennedy took home the award for Blues Recording of the Year for his album Shame the Devil.  Also nominated were Andre Bisson (Till the Real Thing Comes Along), Cory Lueck & The Smokewagon Blues Band (It Ain’t Easy), Guitar Mikey & The Real Thing (Out of the Box) and Steve Strongman (A Natural Fact).  The award was the fifth time Kennedy has won the award for Blues Recording of the Year.  Harrison Kennedy also won the award for Male Vocalist of the Year.

Keeping the Blues Alive: The Blues Foundation of Memphis will be honouring 15 individuals and organizations with the 2013 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards.  The KBA Awards will be held in conjunction with the 29th International Blues Challenge (IBC) which takes place January 29th and features the final rounds of the world’s largest and most prestigious blues music competition as well as seminars, showcases and receptions for blues societies, fans and professionals. Art Tipaldi committee chairman (editor Blues Revue) states, “The fifteen recipients represent an outstanding cross-section of blues boosters.  We are pleased to honour these people and organizations as a tribute to the years each has given to supporting the blues.”

The 2013 recipients of the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards  are:

Affiliate – Colorado Blues Society
Art – Stan Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Club – Boulder Outlook Hotel, Boulder, Colorado
Education – Nat Dove, Bakersfield, California
Festival: International – Festival International du Blues De Tremblant, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Festival: U.S. – Mount Baker Rhythm And Blues Festival, Bellingham, Washington
Historical – Shelley Ritter, Clarksdale, Mississippi
International – Vicente Zumel, Barcelona, Spain
Journalism – Bob Margolin, High Point, North Carolina
Literature – I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy by Bob Riesman, Chicago, Illinois
Manager – Marty Salzman, Chicago, Illinois
Print Media – Blues News, Oslo, Norway
Radio: Commercial – Gil Anthony, Dothan, Alabama
Radio: Public, Scott Mullins, Baltimore, Maryland
Record Label – Telarc, Cleveland, Ohio

Tickets to the KBA ceremony are available online at or by calling 901-527-2583.

The awards are presented by The Blues Foundation. The awards are presented every year to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to blues music.


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John Valenteyn

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