Winners of the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards - Canadian Blues Awards

Internationally Renowned Canadian  Blues Artists Honouredwith Maple Blues Awards
The Toronto Blues Society hosted the 16th annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony on Monday night, January 21st, 2013 at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario. Canada hosts a thriving, vital blues community with many artists of note and more than a few fast-rising up and comers that have made a splash on the international scene.
Congratulation to all !!!!!
Winners of the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Colin James
ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR
MonkeyJunk
ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Suzie Vinnick
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Matt Andersen
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Suzie Vinnick
NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Steve Kozak
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Steve Strongman
HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Steve Marriner
PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
David Vest
HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jon Wong
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Matt Sobb
BASSIST OF THE YEAR
The Maple Blues Band with winner Gary Kendall and harp player Al Lerman
RECORDING OF THE YEAR
“A Natural Fact" Steve Strongman, Producer Rob Szabo
BLUES WITH A FEELING (Lifetime Achievement)
Matt Minglewood
BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tedeschi Trucks Band
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Steve Strongman
BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR
John Valenteyn
Gala's hoster was Raoul Bhaneja, a Toronto actor and musician most noted for his work performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet solo and his blues band Raoul and the Big Time, the Maple Blues Awards included outstanding performances from Maple Blues Award nominees past and present, including Matt Minglewood, Nanette Workman, Carlos del Junco, Harrison Kennedy, Suzie Vinnick, Steve Strongman and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, all backed by gala house band, The Maple Blues Band.

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