Friday, November 8, 2019

GOOD LUCK! Local Maple Blues Awards Nominees (incl complete nominees list)

The 2020 Maple Blues Awards nominee list is jam packed with local artists. Hopefully, a number of them will bring home the hardware at the ceremony on February 3, 2020 at Koerner Hall in Toronto.

You can help them out by voting online  - open from November 1st, 2019 at 12:01am through December 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm. Click here to vote.

From Hamilton we have both Harrison Kennedy and Steve Strongman vying for Male Vocalist of the YearJack de Keyzer is up for Electric Act of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. Jack's bandmate Richard Thornton is in the running for Horn Player of the Year as is Loretta Hale of the Andre Bisson BandJesse O’Brien is another Steeltown hopeful (Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year). Also of note is the Matt Andersen album - Halfway Home By Morning which was released by Waterdown's True North Records.

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Canal Bank Shuflle

Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jack de Keyzer

Other area nominees include Downchild Blues Band (including remembers from Brantford and Niagara) for Entertainer of the Year as well as group member Gary Kendall for Bassist of the Year Matchedash Parish (featuring Kitchener's Matt Weidinger and local bassman Mark McIntyre) are up for New Artist of the YearTom Bona (from Waterloo band Soulstack) is in the running for drummer of the Year.

Links: Downchild Blues BandMore Downchild StoriesVideo above courtesy of Downchild Blues Band

Links: Matchedash Parish, Video above courtesy of Montreal Blues Society


Other Maple Blues Awards stories
Here's a complete list of nominees. Local musicians are bolded.

Electric Act
New Artist
Acoustic Act
Female Vocalist
International Artist

Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Harmonica Player

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