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Bulletin - Maple Blues Award Nominees Announced
 


 
 
There has been a lot of talk of late for people to get out and vote. Here's another call out for you to have your voice heard. Everyone who has been nominated are very talented and if you have heard them or better yet seen them in person please get on line and vote on November 1st.
 
Hats off to the Toronto Blues Society for once again putting together these awards and the awards show In February, to acknowledge Canadian Blues talent.
 
Online voting is open from November 1st, 2018 at 12:01 am Newfoundland Daylight Time. Canadian blues fans can vote online in the eligible categories until December 1st, at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. Register at www.mapleblues.ca.
 

Open November 1st
 
The following is a press release from Sarah French (Sarah French Publicity) that lists the nominees.
 
 
Source: Sarah French Press Release

Women Dominate the 22nd Annual Maple Blues Award Nominees
Sue Foley and Colin James each earn six nominations
For Immediate Release: October 30th, 2018
 
(Toronto) – 2017/2018 has proven to be a banner year for female Canadian blues artists from coast-to-coast, as the nominees for the 22nd annual Maple Blues Awards have been announced.
 
Leading the pack of hard-working blues women is Sue Foley with nominations in six categories including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Guitarist of the Year.
 
Toronto’s Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar are close behind with nominations in four categories including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. Other notable female nominees are Dawn Tyler Watson for Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, Angel Forrest and Crystal Shawanda for Female Vocalist of the Year, Deb Rhymer and Emily Burgess for New Artist of the Year, Jenie Thai for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year, Shirley Jackson for Horn Player of the Year, Lindsay Beaver for Drummer of the Year and Laura Greenberg and Leigh-Anne Stanton for Bassist of the Year.
 
Last year’s big winner was Vancouver’s Colin James, who has nominations in six categories including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. Ottawa’s 2018 JUNO Award winners MonkeyJunk received four nods for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Harmonica Player of the Year for Steve Marriner and Drummer of the Year for Matt Sobb.
 
The Maple Blues Award going to the Blues Booster of the Year will be selected by the Toronto Blues Society Board of Directors and announced in advance of the Koerner Hall gala.

The 22nd Annual Maple Blues Award Nominees

Entertainer of the Year
Colin James
Dawn Tyler Watson
MonkeyJunk
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Sue Foley
 
Electric Act of the Year
Colin James
JW-Jones
MonkeyJunk
Paul DesLauriers Band
Sue Foley
 
Acoustic Act of the Year
Big Dave McLean
Earle & Coffin
Michael Jerome Browne
Rob Lutes
Tim Williams
 
Male Vocalist of the Year
Colin James
Harrison Kennedy
Jon Knight (Soulstack)
Matt Andersen
Rob Lutes
 
Female Vocalist of the Year
Angel Forrest
Crystal Shawanda
Dawn Tyler Watson
Samantha Martin
Sue Foley
 
New Artist of the Year
Cootes Paradise
Dan Doiron
Deb Rhymer
Elliott & The Audio Kings
Emily Burgess
 
Recording/Producer of the Year
Colin James - Miles to Go / True North (Colin James & Dave Meszaros)
Jack de Keyzer - Checkmate / Blue Star (Jack de Keyzer)
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - Run to Me / Gypsy Soul (Darcy Yates)
Sue Foley - The Ice Queen / Stony Plain (Mike Flanigan)
Sugar Brown - It's A Blues World / Self (Sugar Brown)
 
B.B. King International Artist of the Year
Buddy Guy
Ghost Town Blues Band
Mavis Staples
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Shemekia Copeland
 
Songwriter of the Year
Colin James
David Vest
Ken Kawashima (Sugar Brown)
Samantha Martin / Curtis Chaffey
Sue Foley
 
Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Alec Fraser
Brent Parkin
Danny Brooks
Ellen McIlwaine
Joe Murphy
Ken Whiteley
Michael Fonfara
Michael Jerome Browne
Tom Lavin
 
Guitarist of the Year
Colin James
Jack de Keyzer
Jack Semple
Steve Hill
Sue Foley
 
Harmonica Player of the Year
Carlos del Junco
Guy Bélanger
Harpdog Brown
Roly Platt (Matt Minglewood)
Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)
 
Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
David Vest
Jenie Thai
Jesse O'Brien
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Michael Kaeshammer
 
Horn Player of the Year
Chris Whiteley
Jon Wong
Mat “Moose” Mousseau (Ben Racine Band)
Richard Thornton (Jack de Keyzer)
Shirley Jackson
 
Drummer of the Year
Gary Craig (Colin Linden, Steve Dawson)
Lindsay Beaver
Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
Sam Harrisson (Paul DesLauriers Band)
Tom Bona
 
Bassist of the Year
Gary Kendall (Downchild & Mighty Duck Blues Band)
Keith Picot (Brandon Isaak)
Laura Greenberg (JW-Jones)
Leigh-Anne Stanton (Wicked Grin)
Russell Jackson (Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne)

Online voting is open from November 1st, 2018 at 12:01 am Newfoundland Daylight Time. Canadian blues fans can vote online in the eligible categories until December 1st, at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. Register at www.mapleblues.ca.
 
The 22nd annual Maple Blues Awards will be hosted by Raoul Bhaneja, an actor and 20-year veteran of the Canadian blues scene. The Maple Blues Awards will be held on February 4, 2019. The gala event is considered to be the premier blues event of the year. Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards are available online at rcmusic.com or at the Koerner Hall box office (The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto) or by phone at (416) 408-0208. TBS Charter Members can benefit from the ongoing exclusive pre-sale and purchase best available seats for a discounted price, $35.
 
Koerner Hall is The Royal Conservatory’s 1,135-seat performance venue. It is beloved for its architectural beauty and architectural acoustic excellence. Since opening, it has hosted hundreds of concerts and events reaching more than one million individuals around the world. Koerner Hall is celebrating its 10th anniversary season in 2018-19. To learn more or purchase tickets, please visit rcmusic.com/performance.
 
For more information contact:
Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
416-566-4188 | sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com
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Toronto Blues Society
416-538-3885 | info@torontobluessociety.com


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