Thursday, November 3, 2016

GOOD LUCK! Local 2016 Maple Blues Award Nominees!

The the 20th annual Maple Blues Awards will be held at Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 23, 2016.  Once again, there are a number of local nominees.

Hamilton Blues legend Harrison Kennedy is up for two awards (male Vocalist, Acoustic Act and Hammertown's Jesse O'Brien recieved a nod for Keyboard Player of the Year.  Another Hamilton boy, Andre Bisson also got his first nomination (New Artist of the Year). Quebec's Mark Crissinger, a frequent visitor to the city (plus he records in Hamilton too) is also in the New Artist category.  Colin Cripps was nominated for his songwriting work with Paul Reddick.

Links: Andre BissonMore Andre Bisson stories, Video above courtesy of Andre Bisson

Links: Paul Reddick, More Paul Reddick StoriesColin Cripps, More Colin Cripps StoriesVideo above courtesy of randallstaffordcook

The Niagara region is also well-represtented with Suzie Vinnick (Female Vocalist), Spencer MacKenzie (New Artist), Gary Kendall (Bassist, Producer)

Links: Suzie VinnickMore Suzie Vinnick Stories, Video above courtesy of Macum Creek Concerts

Tom Bona (of Waterloo's Soulstack) is up for Drummer of the Year too.


Leading the nominations are the The Paul DesLauriers Band (5), Angel Forrest (4) and MonkeyJunk (4).

Voting goes on until December 1. Register at

Here is a full list on nominees.

Male Vocalist of the Year
Acoustic Act of the Year
Recording/Producer of the Year
Entertainer of the Year
Electric Act of the Year
International Artist of the Year
Guitarist of the Year
Harmonica Player of the Year
Horn Player of the Year

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