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14th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees Announced October 29, 2010

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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 http://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

Downchild

Johnny Max Band

Matt Andersen

Monkey Junk

Shakura S’Aida

ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR

David Gogo

Downchild

Jack de Keyzer

Jimmy Bowskill Band

Monkey Junk

ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR

Braithwaite & Whiteley

Harrison Kennedy

Harry Manx

Little Miss Higgins

Matt Andersen

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Bob Walsh

Duane Blackburn

Harrison Kennedy

Jim Byrnes

John Mays (Fathead)

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Dawn Tyler Watson

Erin McCallum

Robin Bank$

Shakura S’Aida

Treasa Levasseur

NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Arsen Shomakhov

Chris Antonik

Erin McCallum

Hupman Brothers

Mike “Shrimp Daddy” Reid

RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Downchild/I Need A Hat/Linus

Producer – Don Walsh

JW-Jones/Midnight Memphis Sun/NorthernBlues

Producer – JW-Jones

Mel Brown/Love, Lost and Found/Electro-Fi

Producers – Mel Brown, Alec Fraser & Andrew Galloway

Shakura S’Aida/Brown Sugar/Ruf

Producer – Jim Gaines

Various Artists/Things About Comin’ My Way-A Tribute To The Music Of The Mississippi Sheiks/Black Hen

Producer – Steve Dawson

BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band

Duke Robillard

Janiva Magness

JJ Grey & Mofro

Mavis Staples

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Garrett Mason

Jack de Keyzer

Steve Dawson

Teddy Leonard

Tony D

HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

David Rotundo

Guy Bélanger

Paul Reddick

Roly Platt

Steve Marriner


PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEA
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Graham Guest

Julian Fauth

Kenny “Blue Boss” Wayne

Lance Anderson

Michael Fonfara

HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Al Lerman

Chris Murphy

Chris Whiteley

Johnny Johnson
Pat Carey

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Bucky Berger

Chris Nordquist

Geoff Arsenault

Matt Sobb

Vince Maccarone

BASSIST OF THE YEAR

Alan Duffy

Alec Fraser

Brandi Disterheft

Gary Kendall

Keith Picot

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Harry Manx

Jolene “Little Miss” Higgins

Paul Reddick & Colin Linden

Sue Foley & Peter Karp

Treasa Levasseur

For more information contact:

Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity
sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com | 416-566-4188

Jordan Safer
The Toronto Blues Society
info@torontobluessociety.com
(416)538-3885

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