Internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists will be getting plenty of attention at the 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards on January 17, 2011. This year's crops of nominees are not only recognized at home, but have been leading Canada's growing international reputation as a leader in the blues community. Voting opens Friday, October 29 at midnight Newfoundland time & closes Saturday, December 11 at midnight PST. Blues fans cast their votes online at www.mapleblues.ca.
Leading the nomination is Toronto's Downchild with six, Ottawa's Monkey Junk, who were awarded the 2009 Best New Artist Debut at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN, follow with five. Toronto based singer Shakura S'Aida and Fathead each have four nominations. The first Canadian to win The International Blues Challenge award, New Brunswick's blues giant Matt Andersen, garnered two nominations.
The 2011 Maple Blues Awards are taking place at Koerner Hall on January 17th, wrapping up the bi-annual Blues Summit Five, a music conference which is a not-to-be-missed forum for all blues music industry members, artists, presenters, and agents.
Now in its 25th year, The Toronto Blues Society is a non profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada's national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.
The 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Johnny Max Band
ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Jack de Keyzer
Jimmy Bowskill Band
ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Braithwaite & Whiteley
Little Miss Higgins
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
John Mays (Fathead)
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dawn Tyler Watson
NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Mike Shrimp Daddy" Reid
RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Downchild/I Need A Hat/Linus ProducerDon Walsh
JW-Jones/Midnight Memphis Sun/NorthernBlues ProducerJW-Jones
Mel Brown/Love, Lost and Found/Electro-Fi ProducersMel Brown, Alec Fraser & Andrew Galloway
Shakura S'Aida/Brown Sugar/Ruf ProducerJim Gaines
Various Artists/Things About Comin' My Way-A Tribute To The Music Of The Mississippi Sheiks/Black Hen ProducerSteve Dawson
BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
JJ Grey & Mofro
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jack de Keyzer
HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kenny Blue Boss" Wayne
HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
BASSIST OF THE YEAR
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jolene Little Miss" Higgins
Paul Reddick & Colin Linden
Sue Foley & Peter Karp
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