Steve Strongman, Shakura S’Aida, Paul Reddick and MonkeyJunk lead Maple Blues Award Nominations
16th Annual Maple Blues Awards return to Koerner Hall, January 21, 2013
(October 26, 2012) Toronto, ON – The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating its 16th 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.
The Blues Booster of the Year Award will be presented to John Valenteyn, one of the founding members of the Toronto Blues Society, past co-chair of the Maple Blues Awards nominating panel and popular radio host on CIUT FM in Toronto. Valenteyn’s untiring commitment to promoting Canadian blues for over 41 years and as a Toronto Blues Society Volunteer for nearly 28 years is an impressive accomplishment.
David Barnard, another founding member of the Toronto Blues Society had this to say: “When I think of John, the first thing that comes to mind is generosity. Through good times and bad, he has served the blues community in a selfless manner. I’m sure he’s surprised to be a recipient of this award, but I can’t think of a more deserving person.”
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 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 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 Royal Conservatory’s magnificent new concert hall, Koerner Hall, is a 1,135-seat venue designed in the tradition of the classic “shoebox” venues of Europe. Recognized as being among the world’s greatest concert halls, the Toronto Star has called it “the best concert venue in Toronto.”
The 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:
Entertainer Of The Year
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
Drummer Of The Year
Bassist Of The Year
Songwriter Of The Year
Shakura S’Aida & Donna Grantis
B.B. King International Artist Of The Year
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Joe Louis Walker
Blues With A Feeling Award
Michael Jerome Browne
Blues Booster Of The Year