The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating its 16 th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists from across the country on January 21, 2013. The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.
Hamilton’s Steve Strongman leads the way with nominations in six categories, Toronto’s Shakura S’Aida and Paul Reddick, and Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk earned nominations in five categories.
Quebec blues artists are well represented with nominations for Nanette Workman, Michael Jerome Brown, Ben Racine, Stephen Barry, Dawn Tyler Watson and Guy Bélanger. British Columbia’s thriving blues scene is represented with nominations for The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Steve Kozak, Colin James, David Hoerl, David Gogo and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.
Hosted by Toronto actor and blues musician Raoul Bhaneja, The Maple Blues Awards are taking place at Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 21th, 2013.
Voting is open from Midnight NDT October 27th, 2012, through Midnight PST December 8th, 2012.
Blues fans can cast their votes online at http://www.mapleblues.ca. Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $35 – $65 and can be purchased at The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto or online at https://tickets.rcmusic.ca/public.
The 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:
Entertainer Of The Year
Matt Andersen MonkeyJunk
Electric Act Of The Year
Acoustic Act Of The Year
Michael Jerome Browne
Male Vocalist Of The Year
Female Vocalist Of The Year
Dawn Tyler Watson
New Artist Or Group Of The Year
Conor Gains Band
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
Recording/Producer Of The Year
“A Natural Fact” Steve Strongman (Independent) Producer – Rob Szabo “Checkered Past”
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer (Independent) Producers – Matthew Rogers & Shawn Hall
“Time” Shakura S’Aida (Electro-Fi) Producers -Shakura S’Aida, Howard Ayee
“Broad” Treasa Levasseur (Slim Chicken), Producers – Treasa Levasseur, Ken Whiteley, Steve Marriner, Terry Wilkins
“Wishbone” Paul Reddick (Independent) Producer -Colin Cripps
Guitarist Of The Year
Harmonica Player Of The Year
Carlos del Junco
Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
Horn Player Of The Year
Frank Thiffault (Ben Racine)
Drummer Of The Year
Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
Sam Harrisson (Paul Deslauriers Band / Dawn Tyler Blues Project)
Bassist Of The Year
Songwriter Of The Year
Shakura S’Aida & Donna Grantis