The Toronto Blues Society unveiled the list of nominees for the 20th edition of the Maple Blues Awards. Held in Toronto every January, the awards are presented to the winners in fifteen distinct categories. Quebec artists have, in recent years, fared very well. This year could yield another bumper crop of awards heading east on the 401.
The Paul DesLauriers Band leads the way with five nominations. Angel Forrest is right behind with four nods. Steve Hill follows with two nominations, as do Cécile Doo-Kingué and Dawn Tyler Watson. Other Quebec musicians nominated are: Stephen Barry, Michael Jerome Browne, as well as Frankie Thiffault and Mat 'Moose' Mousseau of the Ben Racine Band.
The voting period opens on November 2nd, closing up on December 1st. The full list of nomines is below.
Congratulations to all the nominees.
Toronto, ON - October 31 -- Canadian blues artists from coast to coast have been honoured with nominations for the 20th annual Maple Blues Awards, being held on January 23rd at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
Leading the way with multiple nominations are Quebec’s The Paul DesLauriers Band and its members with five nominations, followed by Angel Forrest with four. Ontario’s MonkeyJunk and its members also received four nominations while Toronto/Texas-based The 24th Street Wailers, British Columbia’s David Gogo and Harpdog Brown each received three nominations.
There are several first-time nominees including 17-year old newcomer Spencer MacKenzie, Andre Bisson, Blue Moon Marquee, Debra Power, and Mark Crissinger for New Artist of the Year. There are several acts from across the country that each received two nominations. A full list of nominees is below.
The nominees, selected by a panel consisting of industry professionals from across Canada, are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.