Maple Blues Awards

January 19, 2015

Canada's top blues honors are announced and presented at a gala ceremony at Koerner Hall with performances by Canada's top blues artists. The awards are organized by the Toronto Blues Society to promote blues music and recognize outstanding achievement in Canadian blues.

A distinguished panel of blues industry people select nominees for the Maple Blues Awards. Fans vote for the winners in all categories, except the instrumental, from November to December 2014.

The 18th annual blues music awards is held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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2014 18th Maple Blues Awards Winners

The winners of the 18th annual Maple Blues Awards are:

Recording of the Year: Solo Recordings Vol. 2, Steve Hill 

Entertainer of the Year: Steve Hill

B.B. King International Artist of the Year: Johnny Winter

New Artist or Group of the Year: Wicked Grin

Acoustic Act of the Year: Brandon Isaak

Electric Act of the Year: Steve Hill

Male Vocalist of the Year: Matt Andersen

Female Vocalist of the Year: Angel Forrest

Songwriter of the Year: Angel Forrest

Guitar Player of the Year: Steve Hill

Harmonica Player of the Year: (Tied) Guy Bélanger & Harpdog Brown

Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year: David Vest

Horn Player of the Year: Jon Wong

Drummer of the Year: Tom Bona (Soulstack; Raoul & The Big Time)

Bassist of the Year: Greg Morency (Paul DesLauriers Band)

Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement): Nanette Workman

17th Maple Blues Awards Nominees

The musicians, bands, and performers nominated for the 2014 award are:

Recording of the Year

  • Here On Earth, Brandon Isaak
  • Can You Hear the Music, Downchild 
  • Belmont Boulevard, JW-Jones 
  • Hollywood Blvd, Raoul and the Big Time 
  • Solo Recordings Vol. 2, Steve Hill 

Entertainer of the Year

  • The 24th Street Wailers
  • MonkeyJunk
  • Raoul & The Big Time
  • Steve Hill
  • Steve Strongman

B.B. King International Artist of the Year

  • Beth Hart
  • Elvin Bishop
  • Janiva Magness
  • Johnny Winter
  • Mavis Staples

New Artist or Group of the Year

  • Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils
  • Joel Johnson Band
  • Jordan Officer
  • Sean Pinchin
  • Wicked Grin

Acoustic Act of the Year

  • Adam Karch
  • Big Dave McLean
  • Brandon Isaak
  • Harrison Kennedy
  • Michael Jerome Browne

Electric Act of the Year

  • Downchild
  • Jack de Keyzer
  • MonkeyJunk
  • Steve Hill
  • Steve Strongman

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Chuck Jackson (Downchild)
  • Harrison Kennedy
  • Jon Knight (Soulstack)
  • Matt Andersen
  • Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Angel Forrest
  • Dawn Tyler Watson
  • Diana Braithwaite
  • Shakura S’Aida
  • Suzie Vinnick

Songwriter of the Year

  • Angel Forrest
  • Brandon Isaak
  • Harrison Kennedy
  • Raoul Bhaneja
  • Ray Bonneville

Guitar Player of the Year

  • JW-Jones
  • Paul DesLauriers
  • Steve Dawson
  • Steve Hill
  • Steve Strongman

Harmonica Player of the Year

  • Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl
  • Guy Bélanger
  • Harpdog Brown
  • Jerome Godboo
  • Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)

Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year

  • David “The Groove Doctor” McMorrow (Jack de Keyzer)
  • David Vest
  • Julian Fauth
  • Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
  • Lance Anderson

Horn Player of the Year

  • Al Lerman
  • Chris Whiteley
  • Jon Wong
  • Pat Carey
  • Richard Thornton

Drummer of the Year

  • Bucky Berger (Fathead)
  • Lindsay Beaver (The 24th Street Wailers)
  • Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
  • Sam Harrisson (Paul DesLauriers Band)
  • Tom Bona (Soulstack; Raoul & The Big Time)

Bassist of the Year

  • Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)
  • Alec Fraser
  • Greg Morency (Paul DesLauriers Band)
  • Keith Picot (Brandon Isaak)
  • Omar Tunnoch (Fathead)

Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement)

  • Diana Braithwaite
  • Alec Fraser
  • Danny Brooks
  • Ellen McIlwaine
  • Joe Murphy
  • Ken Whiteley
  • Michael Fonfara
  • Stephen Barry
  • Tom Lavin
  • Michael Jerome Browne
  • Brent Parkin
  • Nanette Workman
  • Theresa Malenfant


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