Unfortunately, none of the local musicans nominated for 2014 Maple Blues Awards won at the ceremony on January 19, 2015 in Toronto. On the plus side Tom Bona (who is part of Kitchener's Soulstack) took home Drummer of the Year honour for the second year in a row!
Links: SoulStack, More Soulstack Stories, Video above courtesy of Jon Knight
The big winner of the night was Montreal's Steve Hill who won all the awards he was nominated for (4).
Links: Steve Hill, More Steve Hill Stories, Video above courtesy of Livetoune
The only other multiple winner was Angel Forrest with two awards.
Links: Angel Forrest, Video above courtesy of Randall Stafford Cook
This was also the first year that the Cobalt Prize (sponsored by the Toronto Blues Society and Bluesman Paul Reddick) was awarded. Digging Roots were the inaugural recipients of the $1,000 prize.
Below is a complete list of winners.
- Entertainer: Steve Hill
- Electric Act: Steve Hill
- Acoustic Act: Brandon Isaak
- Male Vocalist: Matt Andersen
- Female Vocalist: Angel Forrest
- New Artist or Group: Wicked Grin
- Recording/Producer: Steve Hill: Solo Recordings Vol. 2 - Producer: Steve Hill
- Guitar Player: Steve Hill
- Songwriter: Angel Forrest
- Piano or Keyboard Player: David Vest
- Bassist: Greg Morency (Paul Deslauriers Band)
- Drummer: Tom Bona (Soulstack/Raoul and The Big Time
- Harmonica Player (tie): Guy Bélanger, Harpdog Brown
- Horn Player: Jon Wong
- Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award): Nannette Workman
- International Artist: Johnny Winter
- Blues Booster: Peter North
- Cobalt Prize: Digging Roots
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