Rick Keene Music Scene – The 2020 Maple Blues Awards Winners

One week it is a detergent, the next week – another product.

Awards can be fickle. Some artists love them, while others despise them. Good for a career? Or bad? For most – if the award is chosen fairly and honestly through contemporaries or fans – it is nice to be acknowledged.

The Maple Blues Awards are The Blues’ version of The Junos. Canada’s trophies for the roots of all music. Monday night in Toronto – it was the 23rd edition of the event. A few surprises and a couple of Montrealers took home awards.

The Paul DesLauriers Band

Tow local musicians extraordinaire – Paul DesLauriers and Alec McElcheran, took home guitar player of the year and bass player of the year respectively. A real shout out to band-mates and veterans of the Quebec Blues scene.

Dawn Tyler Watson

Montreal’s Dawn Tyler Watson – or Queen of The Blues as she is known in Quebec – took home Songwriter of the year and Recording / Producer of the Year. Winning the female vocalist of the year is nice (as Dawn can attest) but most artists will say; the songwriting award is a real slap on the back.

The entire list of winners.


Entertainer of the Year: Downchild Blues Band

Electric Act of the Year: Colin James

Acoustic Act of the Year: Matt Andersen

Male Vocalist of the Year: Matt Andersen

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miss Emily

New Artist of the Year: Miss Emily

Recording/Producer of the Year: Dawn Tyler Watson

B.B. King International Artist of the Year: Buddy Guy

Songwriter of the Year: Dawn Tyler Watson

Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award): Michael Jerome Browne

Guitarist of the Year: Paul Deslauriers

Harmonica Player of the Year: Harpdog Brown and Steve Marriner

Piano/Keyboard of the Year: Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne

Horn Player of the Year: Chris Whiteley and Mat Mousseau

Drummer of the Year: Tom Bona

Bassist of the Year: Alec McElcheran

Blues Booster of the Year: Brian Blain

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