Wednesday, November 7, 2018

GOOD LUCK! Local Maple Blues Award Nominees! VOTE! Deadline is Dec 1

Local musicians are a big part of 2019's Maple Blue Award nominee list.

Hamilton is well-represented with Jack de Keyzer up for 2 awards (Guitarist of the Year, Producer of the Year.  Jack's bandmate Richard Thornton is nominated for Horn Player of the Year. Other Hammertown nominees include Harrison Kennedy (Male Vocalist of the Year), Jesse O'Brien (Keyboardist of the Year) and Cootes Paradise (New Artists of the Year).

Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer Stories, More Richard Thornton StoriesVideo above courtesy of Stellablu477

Links: Cootes ParadiseMore Cootes Paradise StoriesVideo above courtesy of Cootes Paradise

Also of note is Colin James' latest album, Miles to Go. It features Hamiltonians Jesse O'Brien (keys, writing), Steve Pelletier (bass) and Tom Wilson aka Lee Harvey Osmond (writing). Also, it's released by Waterdown's True North Records). That disc is up for Recording of the Year. Colin is also tied with Sue Foley for most nominations (6).

Links: Colin JamesMore Colin James StoriesSteve PelletierMore Steve Peletier StoriesJesse O'BrienLee Harvey OsmondMore Lee Harvey Osmond StoriesMore Jesse O'Brien StoriesVideo above courtesy of Colin James - Topic

Down Niagara way, Gary Kendall, the bassist for Downchild and St. Catherines' Mighty Duck Blues Band was nominated for Bassist of the Year.

Links: The Mighty Duck Blues BandMore MDBB StoriesVideo above courtesy of jimcasson

Two members of Waterloo's Soulstack, singer Jon Knight and drummer Tom Bona, were nominated as well. Another Waterloo group Elliott and the Audio Kings is in the running in the New Artist of the Year category.

Hopefully, a number of them will bring home the awards at the ceremony on February 4, 2019 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. You can help by VOTING ONLINE! Deadline is December 1, 2018 at 11:59pm.


Male Vocalist
New Artist
Electric Act
Acoustic Act
Blues with A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Harmonica Player
B.B. King International Artist

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