Thursday, November 3, 2022

GOOD LUCK! 2023 Maple Blues Award Nominations Including Local Artists! VOTE!

Highlights from the press release:

In spite of another year of uncertainty in the face of a global pandemic, Canadian blues artists continued to write, record, and yes, even tour throughout Canada and beyond. Musicians of all genres faced much adversity in 2022, but the current slate of nominees for the upcoming Maple Blues Awards show that hard times can channel intense creativity. That’s the blues, in a nutshell. 

Public voting opens November 2nd, 2022 at 10:01 am Eastern Time and closes December 1st, 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Fans can vote in eligible categories at

Winners of the Maple Blues Awards will be announced at the gala/performance on Monday January 30th, 2023 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now and start at $35. Tickets for the not-to-be-missed event can be purchased here.

Click here for the winners. 

Below is a complete list of nominees. Local artists are in bold.

* artists is signed with Waterdown's Stony Plain Records

Acoustic Act


Blues With a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement )

  • Harrison Kennedy (Hamilton)
  • Alec Fraser
  • Bobby Dean Blackburn
  • Brent Parkin
  • Dalannah Gail Bowen
  • Danny Brooks
  • Murray Porter
  • Tom Lavin


Electric Act


Female Vocalist


Harmonica Player 

Horn Player 

Male Vocalist

Piano/Keyboard Player


International Artist 

  • Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
  • Erja Lyytinen
  • Ghost Town Blues Band
  • Larkin Poe
  • Mavis Staples

New Artist/Group 

  • Angelique Francis
  • Campbell & Johnston
  • Lyle Odjick
  • Marcus Trummer
  • South Island Rhythm Kings

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