Friday, October 30, 2015

GOOD LUCK! Local Musicians Up for Maple Blues Awards! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVES!

We'd like to congratulate the amazing local talent who earned 2016 Maple Blues Award nominations.  Our friends at the Toronto Blues Society organize this important event every year and our incredible area musicians are always well represented.

The legendary Hamilton Bluesman Harrison Kennedy leads the pack with a whopping 5 nods (plus Jesse O'Brien's two nominations for his wonderful work on Harrison's latest album).  Also from the hammer - Dave King was recognized for his drumming skills on the newest Steve Strongman CD.  Two members of Hamilton Blues veteran Jack de Keyzer's band (Horn player Richard Thornton and bassist Alan Duffy) are also in the running for an award each.

Click here for the Hamilton Spectator story.

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of StellaBlu477

Kitchener/Waterloo is well represented with Soulstack and its members earning a total of 3 nods.  Blues queen Cheryl Lescom is up for best Female Vocalist too.

Links: SoulstackMore Soulstack StoriesVideo above courtesy of Soulstack

Links: Cheryl LescomMore Cheryl Lescom StoriesVideo above courtesy of Toronto Live Music Scene

Online voting starts Wednesday, November 4 at 11:59pm Newfoundland Daylight Time (10:29pm EST).  Deadline is December 4, 2015. Register at

The hardware will be handed out on Monday, January 18, 2015 at  the Koerner Hall in Toronto.


Here's a complete list of nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Acoustic Act of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Piano or Keyboard Player of the Year
Horn Player of the Year
Drummer of the Year
Bassist of the Year
Songwriter of the Year
Recording/Producer of the Year
Electric Act of the Year
New Artist or Group of the Year
Blues With A Feeling (Lifetime Achievement)

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